Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #9
Published by Ace on March 8th 2016
Genres: paranormal, Fiction, Fantasy
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Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.
Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?
It’s very hard to review long running series. I know some people manage it and I’m always in awe of them. Fire touched is book 9 though. How can I tell you about it without spoiling things that happened in books 1-8. It’s impossible. This series hasÂ gotten complicated and intricate and that’s exactly how I like it.
I loved that Fire Touched brought the fae back into the limelight. Patricia Briggs has a really interested take on Fairy and I love learning more about it. In her world there are Fae, Vampires, Witches, an entire Werewolf subculture and just a few coyote shifters. One is Mercy. Every book focuses on Mercy, she is the main character, but each book individually focuses on a different subset of the paranormal world.
If you’ve already started the series and you are on the fence whether to continue, please keep reading! I thought Fire Touched was the best series continuation in a long while. This book definitely made me realize that Mercy still has a long way to go and I can’t wait to read it.
If you haven’t started this series yet, what are you waiting for? The best part of these books is the relationship between the characters. There is great character development from book to book. Real changes take place. The best part though, is that Patricia Briggs writes real relationships. NO endless will they/won’t they, NO endless love triangles, NO endless uncertainty. Plus these books are full of action, adventures, plot twists and reveals. Highly recommend!
Breakout (Dred Chronicles, #3) by Ann Aguirre
Published by Ace on August 25th 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fiction, General, Sci Fi
Source: Free for Review, Netgalley
All hell is breaking loose in the edge-of-your-seat follow-up to Havoc and Perdition from New York Times bestselling author Ann AguirreÂ…
The prison ship Perdition has become a post-battle charnel house with only a handful of DredÂ’s soldiers still standing and now being hunted by SilenceÂ’s trained tongueless assassins. Forging an uneasy alliance with mercenary commander VostÂ—who is their only chance at escapeÂ—the Dread Queen will do whatever it takes to end her life sentence on Perdition and keep the survivors alive long enough to cobble together a transport capable of getting them off station.
If Dred and her crew can win the deadly game of cat and mouse, the payoff is not only life but freedomÂ—a prize sweeter than their wildest dreams. Yet the sadistic Silence would rather destroy Perdition than let a single soul slip from her graspÂ…
Ann Aguirre has done it again!
Before I get into the review, I should mention that this is the series finale. There are two other books ahead of this one. The other two books in this series are below.
Perdition and Havoc, Dred Chronicles 1 and 2 also
I’ve been a huge fan of her Sirantha Jax books since I first discovered them. Aguirre has a superb skill for weaving science fiction and romance. She write characters that are deep and vulnerable. She writes about love that isn’t easy but is worth it anyway. Then she intertwines these incredible characters with mind blowing science fiction. Her books are without compare. The Dred Chronicles is based in the same universe as the Sirantha Jax books but inÂ the future. However, there is absolutely no need to read the other series. The Dred Chronicles is completely stand alone.
Breakout is the epic conclusion of Ann Aguirre’s Dred Chronicles and the series goes out with a bang. This book is just as action packed and gritty as the other two in this series. Â However, watching Jael and Dred’s relationship grow and solidify amongst the carnage was touching and beautiful. I love how two broken people can come together to form a whole.
Dred is the perfect heroine throughout the series. She’s tough and she’s had to be hard to survive. She is ready to make the difficult choice to save the people she loves. The best part of this book, for me, was the last third. It was almost an epilogue where we got to see where many people I’d been wondering about had ended up. This book was the perfect ending to a series that I loved.