Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more
After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.
Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.
FROST BURNED seemed to get Mercy back on course after the mysticism of RIVER MARKED and the chain of events in the ALPHA & OMEGA series. FROST BURNED picked up where the other stories left off. Fairies have left the human world. Vampires ranks are decimated by inner politics. And, werewolves are dealing with the repercussions of having “come out” to the world.
Although, I love this series and FROST BURNED is well written – I struggled with the main story arc. The whole Columbia Basin pack of werewolves is abducted and tortured by a group of mercenaries in a ploy to make Adam assassinate a popular senator. The mercs & their backers attack on Thanksgiving Day. Not only do they have the names and addresses of everyone in the pack, they have info on Mercy & Julie, Adam’s daughter, too.
Empowered with a newly developed tranquilizer serum that is packed with silver, the pack is quickly incapacitated and transported to a secret location where they will continue to be tortured. Mercy & Julie escape because they are out shopping. Yup – shopping. Before long, Mercy realizes that something is wrong with Adam and the pack when she can’t get in touch with anyone.
Using her newly acquired “Alpha’s Mate” power she is able to reconnect with the pack & begin to cure them of their drugged haze. Before long, Mercy is calling in favors from the vamps, witches, and even the Fae, and manages to free the pack from their kidnappers. Along the way, she is hunted by mercs, an evil power hungry vamp necromancer, and zombie fae assassins. The sub-plots in the book are pretty fun. Some wonderful character development including a crossover from the ¨Alpha and Omega¨series as well as some old friends from the earlier books.
The most outstanding sub-plot involves Adam and we finally get a chance to see what happens when Adam loses control. It ain’t pretty.
The book is packed with non-stop action that keeps you moving forward. Mercy is as resilient & brave as ever. (Side note – the whole “Coyote is my dad thing” is still pretty confusing.) The story is innovative and several minor characters get a chance to shine. FROST BURNED is a solid, fun read with some grisly moments. Patty has announced that NIGHT BROKEN (Mercy #8) will be out next year, 2014.