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Review – Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson #11) by Patricia Briggs

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Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson #11)
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  • Development - 9/10
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Summary

Book Title: Storm Cursed
Book Series: Mercy Thompson
Book Author: Patricia Briggs
Book Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Release Date: May 7th, 2019
Description:

In this new installment in the No. 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)

Storm Cursed is the latest novel to come out in the Mercy Thompson series. Thankfully, it won’t be the last. Like the last ten novels, Mercy has shown us her unnatural ability to find herself thrown into the middle of the most insane and dangerous situations.

Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson #11) by Patricia Briggs (Ace, May 2019)
Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson #11) by Patricia Briggs (Ace, May 2019)

Every novel in this world has been a new adventure. Mercy has come up against dozens of different supernaturals, from werewolves to vampires, to ghosts and fae. But this time around she’s facing an entirely new threat, and it’s up to Mercy to find the solution.

A quick note before we begin this review (and this may be considered a minor spoiler, so fair warning). the Mercy Thompson series isn’t afraid to show us gore and violence. It’s just part of the world and the stakes that these characters are up against. That being said, there are a few scenes in this one that are more graphic than we’ve seen before. There are torture scenes described, on both humans and animals. And they are fairly detailed, with an unexpected perspective making it an even harder hit. Hopefully, this warning will make those scenes a little easier.

Writing

Patricia Briggs has created this expansive world in which she writes, and it’s allowed her to take a lot of risks. It’s also opened up the possibility of having such a long-running series. Many other series would be feeling stale by book eleven—but Mercy Thompson is still going strong. It’s clear that there is still a lot to her story, and we fans are hoping to see it through to the end.

Rotating and introducing new antagonists does help to keep the plot fresh, admittedly. There is always so much going on, between dealing with the vampires (a near-constant presence), negotiating with the fae, and of course, living with the Pack. And those are just core elements to the series—we haven’t even begun to talk about the main plot.

Storm Cursed took all of those elements mentioned, and then threw in what was quite possibly one of the most intense plots yet of the series. At least, it felt like it while I was reading it. The antagonists in this novel were admittedly a bit of a surprise. But at the same time, looking back at the last novel in the series, there was some subtle foreshadowing woven into the plot.

Briggs took some risks with this novel, but they absolutely paid off. A brutal antagonist was introduced, as was a deadly secondary plot. Together these plots kept Mercy busy, and the reader completely enthralled.

Development

The pacing was steady throughout Storm Cursed—moving forward at a rapid pace. Considering how much was fit into the novel, that’s not terribly surprising. This book may be 384 pages, but it’ll go by in the blink of an eye. Trust me, I read it in one sitting and then found myself wishing I had read it a bit more slowly.

Mercy and Adam have both been facing a lot of character development over the years, but I feel like Storm Cursed allowed for a lot more than usual. And not just for them; a lot of the secondary characters were given a chance to grow in this novel, and it allowed the plot to continue moving forward.

In the beginning, there are some lighter tones to be found—happy moments here and there that will help balance out the heavier tones found later in the novel. These moments are vital to the series, in that they remind us that these characters do have lives outside of the constant interruptions we enjoy reading about.

Conclusion

Storm Cursed had a lot of expectations and promises to live up to. But I think it’s safe to say that it exceeded all of them. This novel was intense; it was emotional and utterly unforgettable. Mercy and the Pack came up against something new here, something that they had been overlooking for a long time. In a way, it’s starting to feel like the world is coming full circle.

The novel does without a doubt have its own compact plot, but it also continues the negotiations plot started previously. I personally love that this plot is taking longer to develop—because let’s be honest here, there’s no way an agreement would be found that quickly.

The only downside of having read Storm Cursed is that we are now up to date in the series. So now we have to play the waiting game—again. At least all the fans are in the same boat when it comes to that.

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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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