August 16, 2022

Soul Taken by Patricia Briggs

Soul Taken by Patricia BriggsSoul Taken by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #13
Published by Ace on August 23, 2022
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
five-stars
Also by this author: Smoke Bitten
Also in this series: Smoke Bitten

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series is one of my must-reads.

About Soul Taken

In Soul Taken, this 13th book in the series, the leader of the local vampire seethe tells Mercy she needs to find Wulfe, the old and powerful vampire who’s been stalking her. Mercy and the pack also discover that lower-level magical beings are disappearing from their territory.

My thoughts about Soul Taken

What I love the most about this series is that unlike a lot of urban fantasy series, Mercy doesn’t keep leveling up in each book, in either her abilities or her allies. That gives the author and reader time to explore Mercy’s world, the characters’ backstories, and their relationships with each other. That gives so many layers and nuances to the stories. And also lets us know that characters who were introduced as one thing, haven’t always been that way. And maybe never truly were what Mercy thought they were.

The story is fast-paced. The grimness is offset with some humor (wolves and a pumpkin patch) and some heat between Mercy and Adam. A slasher film character comes to life as a real-life killer. Creepy houses with creepier basements and creepiest spider fae. Some kickass fight scenes with lots of wolf-foo. We get more backstory information about several characters which sets up future story possibilities nicely. And gives us more questions to ponder about the machinations of Bran. And Zee’s true desires.

In closing

This was a completely satisfying unputdownable read.

Thank you, Ace Books for the DRC!

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About Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana, to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children, and six horses and writes full time, much to the delight of her fans.

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