by Terrance Mc Arthur
Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Smoke Bitten, and links to purchase it.
You may think it’s a jackrabbit, or someone you know, but….
If it bites you, the puncture wound begins to smoke.
It takes over your body and your life.
It uses you to kill to gain strength and power.
When there is no more use for you, it tosses your body aside and turns into smoke.
Not a nice creature, at all…and it’s after Mercy Thompson, the VW mechanic who can turn into a coyote, see ghosts, and is married to Adam, the Alpha Werewolf of the Tri-Cities in the state of Washington.
Smoke Bitten, Patricia Briggs’ twelfth Mercy Thompson urban Fantasy book, isn’t a roller coaster ride. It’s more like a destruction derby, with danger coming from many directions at once. Besides Old Smokey, a gang of werewolves is trying to take over the territory, the sentient Underhill (the former home of the Fae) decided to build a gate for herself and her imprisoned creatures in Adam and Mercy’s back yard, a witch’s curse, and a magic-using vampire is stalking Mercy, when he isn’t saving her life. There are members of the pack who hate Mercy because they believe the lies of Adam’s ex-wife. On top of that, something has caused Adam to shut down their marital/pack link, leaving Mercy feeling left out of his life.
Briggs knows how to construct mayhem on a cinematic level, and the confrontations are edgy. Mercy and Adam are married, and theirs is a relationship, although it’s experiencing a rocky patch. They do “cleave unto one another,” with a playful attitude. Because this is the twelfth book in the series, many of the characters are familiar to fans of the books, but new readers might feel lost in the relationships and the backstories. Having read the previous novel, Storm Cursed, would be a help. Since Underhill was the home of fairy-tale creatures, it wouldn’t hurt to know the works of the Brothers Grimm and other folklore collectors. There are bargains and beasts, and—believe it or not—there is a fairy-tale ending contained in this book…but I won’t tell you which one.
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