Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson #11) by Patricia Briggs

Ahh Mercy, I wonder how much you’re wishing you could turn back time and maybe not announce that everyone in your territory falls under the protection of the pack!  Hindsight.  Yes, things are spiralling for Mercy and her pack.  Instead of the region feeling safe Mercy’s declaration seems to have brought nothing but bad attention and this instalment is another fine example of just how much the stakes are being raised.  Although miniature goat zombies – they were kind of cute.  Sorry, but they were.

I’d had a bit of a break in the Mercy series and fell behind but have had a recent burst of  reading and have now caught up with the latest release.  I’ve really enjoyed the return to the world and to the people and this instalment is no exception, although I confess I loved No.10 which saw Mercy completely out of her comfort zone and also gave Adam some page time.

If you haven’t read the rest of the series and intend to start then take this as fair warning that spoilers may be contained in this review.

This series definitely feels like it’s going to take a turn on the dark side.  This instalment involves lots of bloodshed when powerful witches try to gain the attention of the pack.  There are surprises in store for Adam and the key to everything seems to revolve around the proposed meeting between those humans in authority who want to meet with the powerful fae grey lords.

I have to say, in fact, that things get pretty serious in this one.  There are zombies running amok and some of them are not cute goats.  These witches mean business and they’re not at all related to Glenda the Good.  These witches are bad.  Black magic practitioners, they’ve turned to the dark side in search of power and they’ve crossed the line so many times that the line is now a dot in the distance which they can never return to.  There is a serious takeover challenge on Elizaveta’s turf – I’m talking about really serious.  These witches are not taking prisoners and in fact have a bigger goal in mind.  I won’t say more.

I really enjoyed this instalment, maybe not as much as Silence Fallen, but still fast paced and fraught with danger and I really enjoyed returning to this, I think my short holiday from the storyline gave me a new love for the characters.  And to be honest, the characters are what really make this series.  I’m attached to them and I care what happens and in this story I was genuinely worried.

That’s not to say I didn’t have a couple of issues.  Nothing major but, for example, this does feel a little like a bridging book.  Mercy has unwittingly brought down trouble – although to an extent you can’t help feeling that it was inevitably going to come out anyway with or without Mercy’s intervention, but, at the moment, there is a real sense of things building, and even with all the drama and excitement you can feel that it’s all leading to something else – a big showdown that will make everything that came before look like child’s play perhaps.  Also, I think there were too many diversions in this one – it felt a little like I was being pulled in too many directions.  That being said, I loved the involvement of some of my firm favourites.

Overall, I’m loving this series, of course not every book is going to be equal, this is book No.11 after all so some are going to stand out more than others.  But, taking this series as a whole, looking at the sum of its parts, the growth in terms of character arcs and world development – then this is not just an entertaining and fast paced series that keeps pulling out the stops but it’s also impressive in its vision.  I’m filled with equal measures of anticipation and dread to see what PB puts these characters through next.

I received a copy through Netgalley, courtesy of the publisher, for which my thanks.  The above is my own opinion.

4 out of 5 stars

 

 

14 Responses to “Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson #11) by Patricia Briggs”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Every time I see a review for this series I tell myself I must pick up book 2, which is looking at me reproachfully, and move forward, since it seems to have the numbers to be on the same level as McGuire’s October Daye series. And if a fellow October fan enjoys this one, I can be sure I will like it as well… 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      The two series remind me of each other in terms of the main character – not that they’re alike as such, but they’re so good to read and likable.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Greg

    A series that goes on this long and stays good has a lot to do with the characters, for sure. I’ve only read the first book but liked it, and this sounds like another good one, even with a few issues. Glad this series is still going strong!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, the main character has to have a good personality to sustain a series of this length and Mercy has that for sure.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Glad you’re caught up! I agree, this one felt like a bridge book, especially following Slience Fallen, which was amazing.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, there’s a feeling that the proverbial hasn’t quite hit the fan yet but that it could do so at any moment.
      Lynn 😀

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  5. waytoofantasy

    Yay for being caught up! That’s exciting, especially for a longer series like this one. I still need to catch up myself, lol. Glad this one is still going pretty strong 11 books in!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Now I just need to catch up with Toby Daye and Harry Dresden and if I do that, well who knows, perhaps I could start Ben Aaronovitch or Anne Bishop.
      Lynn 😀

      • waytoofantasy

        I am so happy I caught up on Dresden last year. This year I picked Discworld to catch up on which has been a giant failure, I need to plan better going into next year (and maybe pick a smaller series to catch up on LOL). Good luck!

      • @lynnsbooks

        You too – I saw your post with the Discworld Christmas present – so lovely.
        Lynn 😀

      • waytoofantasy

        My husband went a bit overboard (as always). 🙂

      • @lynnsbooks

        Nothing wrong with overboard 😀

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