Review: Smoke Bitten
Series: Mercy Thompson #12
Published by Ace on March 17, 2020
Genres: Urban fantasy
Smoke Bitten is the twelfth book in the Mercy Thompson series featuring a coyote-shifter mechanic. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series since the beginning and this book was no different.
I’m glad to see the relationship between Mercy and Adam grow as they weather rough spots while dealing with crises and their individual insecurities. Reading about the bumpy parts of their relationship gives it more believable. Which makes me root for them even more when they figure out how to overcome the obstacles and become stronger for it.
This time, Mercy’s up against a creature that’s recently escaped Underhill. It can look like anyone and if it bites you, it controls you.Even worse, it lives for chaos and turmoil. Mercy has to defeat it before it kills more people she cares about.
While Mercy used resources and the knowledge of her friends and allies, I’m glad that she was the one to battle the smoke weaver. She used her Trickster ways, and didn’t depend on the brute force of the pack or her highly powered allies.
One thing that I appreciate with this series is that Mercy isn’t constantly leveling up with a new power in every book. Increasing the main character’s powers in every book means making the Big Bad bigger and badder. Which leads to a crazy cycle of every book being even more extra. It feels silly and pointless after awhile so I’m glad Patricia Briggs resists the urge with Mercy.
My thoughts about Smoke Bitten
I enjoy an urban fantasy series where the main character is scrappy and tricky instead of just full of crazy, godlike powers. Mercy often admits that she’s outmatched – whether it’s her shifter abilities or sheer strength.
This series is always a comfort read for me and Smoke Bitten was perfect for that.
Did you read Smoke Bitten? What did you think? What genre do you read for comfort-reading?
Start at the beginning of Mercy’s story by reading Moon Called.
If you’re looking for another urban fantasy series with shifters and vampires, try the Anita Blake books by Laurell K. Hamilton. The first one is Guilty Pleasures. Read my review of the most recent book in the series, Sucker Punch.
Thank you to NetGalley and Ace for the DRC.