Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson, #11)by Published 07 May 2019
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In this powerful entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Mercy Thompson must face a deadly enemy to defend all she loves...
My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic.
And a coyote shapeshifter.
And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack.
Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn't stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who lived in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground, a place where humans would feel safe to come and treat with the fae.
The reality is that nothing and no one is safe. As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords of the fae, a storm is coming and her name is Death.
But we are pack, and we have given our word.
We will die to keep it.
Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson, #11) Reviews
Witches + Zombies + Mercy!
Should have been a slam dunk.
But it wasn't.
For the vast majority of this book, I just kept reading out of love for all the other books. It wasn't awful, but the story just seemed to meander around without getting to the meaty stuff very quickly, and I found myself (shockingly) bored while reading about Mercy for the first time in ever.
I'm seeing nothing but 5 star reviews out there, but this was, unfortunately, my least favorite installment.
Ok. The swearing thing.
And I don't know why Adam's old fashioned values about not cursing in front of Mercy, and getting upset when anyone else cursed in front of Mercy, bothered me more this time around, but it really did. There was more than one mention of it, and it absolutely wore my nerves. I get it - he's from an era where that was a thing.
Yeah, still annoying.
I mean, if he didn't curse at all, then that would be a tad different. But changing the way you speak because she's a woman is...weird.
It's plain weird, dude. Stop it.
The gist is that the leaders of the humans and fae are going to meet and discuss how to go forward, and Adam's security team (plus the pack) are supposed to keep everyone alive. Of course, some nefarious group/person/being wants to blow it all to hell.
Potentially, it's a group of witches who are creating zombies by using black magic and feeding off of other witches in not nice ways.
Once again, my favorite parts of the book revolved around the vampires, and I'm really hoping that what happened in this storyline leads to including them even more in the future.
Ok, and even though I wasn't blown away, a "bad" book about Mercy & Co. is still a pretty decent book. So, yes, you can bet your ass I'll be reading the next one as soon as it comes out.
You can find this review and more at Novel Notions.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher (Ace) in exchange for an honest review. While I’m incredibly thankful, all opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Actual rating: 4.5 stars, rounded up.
I was ecstatic to receive a copy of this book. First of all, Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series served as my gateway into truly appreciating urban fantasy. I had previous exposure to the genre, having binge read many of the Anita Blake novels (until it devolved into nothing but orgy after orgy), a handful of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books, and the first five of Moning’s Fever series. While I enjoyed these books in the moment, I always viewed them as junk food, something to be consumed and forgotten, leaving nothing behind but a vague literary equivalent of a stomach ache from overindulgence.
Mercy was the first heroine in the UF genre who had true staying power for me. As soon as I met her in Moon Called, I was enamored. Here was a woman who felt like she could step right out of her story and become my friend, someone I would invite over when I was cooking something particularly spicy for dinner, who I could watch movies with or invite to a concert knowing that we would feed on each other’s enthusiasm. She felt (and still feels) incredibly real for me, despite that fact that she can shape-shift into a coyote. She’s been through some rough times, but she always bounces back. She was also the first UF heroine I’ve come across who shares my faith in spite of the craziness that plagues her life. Mercy is vibrant and kind and stubborn and fierce and I love her for it. The only other heroine who has this lifelike quality for me is J.D. Robb’s Eve Dallas, who I will also love forever.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, which felt like more of a return to the world I had come to love after the slight departure in both setting and storytelling style Briggs presented in Silence Fallen, the installment that preceded Storm Cursed. This book is once again told entirely from Mercy’s first person perspective, which is in my opinion the perspective through which Briggs’s writing shines the brightest. Some bad black magic is plaguing the Tri-Cities area. It first expresses itself in the form of a herd of miniature zombie goats. They’re just as adorably disturbing as they sound. Mercy is trying desperately to stay ahead of the zombie situation and find the culprit while Adam and most of the werewolves are preparing for a summit between the US government and the fae. Aiding Mercy is Sherwood, the mysterious werewolf amputee who was sent to their pack by Bran with little explanation. Finding out a bit more of his story was an interesting, satisfying addition to the story.
Storm Cursed was action packed and sassy and heart breaking, and was impossible to put down. My one and only issue was really more of an issue on my part than with the book itself. This is the 11th installment in this series. At this point, I simply don’t have time to reread ten books to refresh my memory, and the one thing I would add to this book if I could would be a quick recap of pertinent information from preceding books before beginning this story. However, Briggs did a good job of giving readers enough to keep them from getting lost without ever breaking the tension of the story by stepping outside of the narrative to explain or remind.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit with Mercy. She’s a character who I could happily read dozens of novels about, and who I am always thrilled to revisit. This book had everything I’m looking for in an urban fantasy tale, and I was sad to reach the last page. And can I just mention this gorgeous cover? Talk about fierce. I can’t wait to see where her crazy life takes Mercy next!
"One by one
Two by two,
The Hardesty witches
are traveling through."
I don't know how Briggs nails it every time but she does. Mercy Thompson is a series I've been reading almost since it started, and though time goes by and my reading tastes change, this series holds its own and remains a constant source of joy for me.
In the previous book Mercy made the tri-cities area a safe haven for citizens in her territory. Now with that proclamation, she needs to uphold it. When a new coven of witches comes in and threatens everything, she must fight them to keep those close to her safe.
First things first, miniature zombie goats. Who knew that would be a thing and that it would be cute and hilarious? A very riveting book for me, most of it I couldn't put the kindle down. My only thing is I wish I had a character guide, because as I approach my 30s, I cannot remember a damn thing and didn't know who some of these people were because it's been so long since I last read a Briggs book.
Honestly one of my favorite books of 2019. If you haven't read this series, seriously get your act together and make it work. I can honestly say this series only gets better and better.
"I've learned that there are always terrible things, and sometimes it is very important to grasp what joy and beauty you can, whenever you can."
ARC provided by the publisher via netgalley. All/any quotes in this review came from an advance unedited copy and may be subject to change in the final product.
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Read this when you won't be interrupted because it is not put-downable.
I do need to give a warning though: there is animal torture in this book. It was darker than most of the series, and I felt a little sickened by the torture stuff.
Who the fuck could torture a kitten?
I can't little kitty! I can't!
I need to pet it and love it forever..And, I'm a dog person!
To me, this felt like the darkest book in the series so far. I didn't mind the vampire stuff that was brutal like I did this black-magic thing.
I feel the need to get blessed by a priest after reading it.
Yeah, maybe not. Better not to take chances..
Okay, so the story is about witches who are making zombies and causing trouble. We aren't sure what their long-game is, but the story is woven together masterfully. A lot of questions are answered about past events as well as the current ones, and there will be trouble ahead.
We don't have Bran in this one, which might be a good thing considering what was recently revealed about him and the controversy surrounding it. But, we do get most of the other characters that we have all grown to know. And, best of all: Wulfe! He is very involved, which is awesome because he's such a mysterious character. You are never sure what he will do. Sometimes he seems good, and most of the time evil, but he's never boring.
Yeah, like that.
The best part of this book: the miniature goat zombies. I love how everyone keeps talking about how cute they were. It's like, yeah zombies are bad and want to eat your face, but did you see how cute they were?
"It could have been worse," I told the deputy who opened one side of the dumpster lid for me so I could drop my little zombie in with the rest of the adorable blood-hungry fiends...
Awww, let's just surrender to him. He's so cute!
The book needed that cuteness. I think that instead of freaking out a priest, I'll just look at baby goat pictures as my brain-cleanser.
*Buddy read with some friends at For Love Of A Book!
I loved the book but one little thing made me want to kill some peeps! And there are miniature zombie goats 😃. Well, there are a lot of things in the book but still, miniature zombie goats 😃
And Stefan and Zee; just the gang 😊💕
I'm obsessed with this cover!!
Happy Reading Mercy Fans!