Mercy Thompson; woken at 3am by a vampire. Stefan also happens to be a friend, and he needs her help. He has to deliver a message to a fellow undead and needs a witness that won’t be noticed – and Mercy’s shapeshifting abilities make her the perfect candidate.
But the assignment turns into a bloodbath and Mercy attracts the attention of not just a powerful vampire, but the even more powerful demon possessing him. She can count on the supernatural community for protection – and alpha werewolf Adam would like her to rely on him in other ways, too – but when it comes to being proactive, she’s on her own.
Mercy Thompson is probably my favorite of all the urban fantasy heroines I’ve encountered so far. I love that she is gutsy and smart but knows when things are a little too tough for her. She knows to call in reinforcements. In this case, she starts out as a reinforcement herself, which makes things very interesting. She’s got her skills and she knows how to use them. Another thing I absolutely love about Mercy is the fact that she’s got a handle on her sex drive. It always bothers me when women in novels just can’t hold back even when their minds tell them they should. Mercy knows how to go slowly and get to know a guy before she risks deeper bonds. I like that a lot.
As far as series books go, this one is a nice follow-up to Moon Called. The characters are still awesome and their bonds only grow stronger throughout this book. We start to learn a little more about them. There is a new evil introduced that puts favorite characters in serious danger and had me racing through the book hoping that they were okay. The book isn’t hard to race through, given that my UK edition is only 326 pages. I also really enjoy the fact that this is a complete story but with some hooks to keep me reading the series. I’ll definitely be doing that; Iron Kissed is waiting for me on my TBR pile!
(Aside: Does anyone else find that generally reviews of series books are much shorter than of others?)