Review: Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs

Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs

Synopsis and Details:

Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, faces a threat unlike any other in this thrilling entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

I am Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman. My only “superpowers” are that I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote and fix Volkswagens. But I have friends in odd places and a pack of werewolves at my back. It looks like I’m going to need them.

Centuries ago, the fae dwelt in Underhill–until she locked her doors against them. They left behind their great castles and troves of magical artifacts. They abandoned their prisoners and their pets. Without the fae to mind them, those creatures who remained behind roamed freely through Underhill wreaking havoc. Only the deadliest survived.

Now one of those prisoners has escaped. It can look like anyone, any creature it chooses. But if it bites you, it controls you. It lives for chaos and destruction. It can make you do anything–even kill the person you love the most. Now it is here, in the Tri-Cities. In my territory.

It won’t, can’t, remain. 

Not if I have anything to say about it.

Series: Mercy Thompson #12  |  Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy |  Release Date: March 17, 2020  |  Publisher: Ace  | Pages: 352  |  ISBN: 978-0440001553  |  ASIN: B07V65S57Y  |  Format: ARC  |  Source: NetGalley

Review with Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Smoke Bitten is the twelfth book in the Mercy Thompson series and this book was everything that I was hoping for! This series is still going strong and the plots are always creative, humorous, and invoke a sense of suspense that makes you grateful the main characters have survived another round with the supernatural beings that are intent on their demise. Although, in Smoke Bitten, Adam was behaving strangely and things between Mercy and him were not as they usually were. Which was quite unusual, and Mercy was staring to get concerned both about him and their relationship.

I loved that all of the Mercy regulars made an appearance in this book but that their parts were secondary to what was taking place with Mercy and Adam. The addition of a great mystery that had a fairy tale angle to it was also quite fabulous. I had a lot of fun following along and parsing the clues with Mercy trying to figure out who or what could be behind the attacks taking place. The relationship aspect between Mercy and Adam was an interesting twist to the story and I always enjoy them together with the struggles they endure for the love of each other. Overall, Smoke Bitten was an engaging, suspenseful, and fast-paced story that was such an enjoyment to read. I am eagerly anticipating the next installment in this action-packed series!!

*Thank you to Ace & NetGalley for this ARC of Smoke Bitten*

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This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.


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About the Author:

Author Patricia Briggs
Photo ©: Allen Johnson

Patricia Briggs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series and the Alpha and Omega novels.

Patty and her family reside in Eastern Washington near Tri-Cities, home of Mercy Thompson; yes, it’s a real place! When not working on the next book, she can be found playing truant out in her horse pastures, playing with the newest babies.

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