Review – Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs

Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs
  • Writing - 8/10
  • Development - 8/10
  • Overall - 8/10
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Smoke Bitten is the twelfth novel in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series. The feisty coyote is still going strong, and getting herself into as much danger as one might expect.


Playing With Fire in Smoke Bitten

Smoke Bitten is the twelfth novel in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series. Well, twelfth if you don’t count the Alpha & Omega spin-off series or the multiple short stories. It’s hard to believe that we’re so many novels deep in the series, and still going strong. But it’s true. A fact that many of her fans (myself included) are grateful for.

Mercy Thompson Hauptman has always had a talent for getting herself into the strangest and most dangerous predicaments. We can all agree on that, right? Good. Her track record is proof enough of that, as are the events in this novel.

Patricia Briggs - Smoke BittenOnce again, Mercy is in the thick of things, with a new danger coming out of the dark to threaten those around her. As it turns out, Underhill (or the creatures within) is not content to stay quiet. We all know what happens when unwary mortals come up against angry and ancient fae.

That statement goes double for the prisoners of Underhill. If that wasn’t enough for Mercy to deal with, she also has pack drama to contend with, all while trying to keep everyone alive.


Patricia Briggs has clearly done it again, delivering us a novel worth remembering. And binging. Smoke Bitten was every bit and intense and dramatic as I had been hoping. Though it’s sometimes hard to believe the Mercy has somehow now survival twelve different threats on her life (or on the city). Is that considered lucky, or unlucky, at this point?

Just to be clear, I’m a huge fan of the way Briggs portrays her supernatural. Especially the fae. I love that they have rules and consequences for breaking them. So any novel that includes them is enough to make me happy.

Understandably, I was quite happy when I read the description of this novel. Well, that and nervous (for Mercy’s sake). Did it live up to my expectations? Absolutely. If anything, it surpassed them.

Along with having more in-depth looks into fae and fae politics, this novel provided many other moments and elements, from the sweet (one moment, in particular, comes to mind here, and it was beautiful) to the anxiety-inducing.


Smoke Bitten was an extremely quick read. I know I say that a lot, but I really do mean it here. I think this novel was shorter than some of the others. At least, it felt that way. I’m not complaining.. I will always prefer that a story ends when it should, rather than being dragged out.

This novel moved along at an exceptional pace. There was always something popping up, be it new drama or a grave threat. It’s actually quite amazing that Mercy didn’t fall asleep on her feet. I feel like I might have, had I been in her shoes.

One thing that stood out to me while reading is how personal the series of events felt. Mercy has been through so much lately, and that means she’s still coping or processing much of it. All of those emotions were practically bleeding off the pages. It was interesting to see, providing us a bit of insight into the changes she’s facing (alongside the others, of course).


Smoke Bitten is a fun and fast read, one that is absolutely perfect for fans of the series. Patricia Briggs clearly told the story she was hoping to, twisting classic fairy tale moments into something of her own making.

I really enjoyed much of this novel, and I have to say that there are threads that have been dropped making me eager for the next novel as well. I love it when an author does that. It’s enough to keep us interested, without resorting to using cliffhangers.

I honestly don’t know how many more books we’ll get out of the Mercy Thompson series. But I do know that I will happily read every single one that comes out. For now, I think I’m content not knowing when the series will conclude.

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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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