Mercedes Thompson is one of the most exceptional mechanics in the Tri-Cities area. She’s also a Coyote skinwalker but that was a birth thing rather than a career choice. Raised by the local Werewolf pack whose Alpha is Bran, The Marrok gave her a pretty good idea of the differences between her own abilities and werewolves. Now in love with the Tri-Cities Alpha Adam and part of his pack, she is still trying to come to terms with her earlier attack and also deal with resentment from other pack members that Adam brought her into it. Add in a depressed, suicidal werewolf, a book about the Fae that it seems they will go to any lengths to retrieve and it all equals Mercy having another bad day.
This is the 5th book in the Mercy Thompson series and when I get some time (ha!) I really need to go back, re-read the others and review them as they truly deserve it.
Mercy is a character that I utterly love. She’s sassy and bold yet has her insecurities and is well aware of her limitiations. That doesn’t stop her pushing beyond them when those she loves are in danger however. I love her Coyote character as well, very much Mercy but ‘other’ too.
The other major characters are just as fascinating. Adam her pack Alpha and mate is a great strong and not so silent type and his interactions with Mercy can be downright hilarious. Samuel, her roommate who is the Marrok’s son but a lone wolf so not part of the Tri-Cities pack. He’s usually right up there with Adam but his role in this book is one of sadness. I really felt for him when he made his decision but when his alter-ego Sam the Wolf took over there are quite a few moments that made me giggle.
The humour aside, this book also has its darker side – betrayal and scheming from those you don’t expect as well as the Fae being involved and after Mercy as they believe she has something of theirs that is powerful and utterly dangerous. By the end I felt a bit of a nervous wreck but loved the way it turned out, even if not all of it was pleasant. And I’m not ashamed to admit I cried for much loved Medea… twice.
A great addition to the series and leaves me hungry for more.