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Fire Touched

(Mercy Thompson #9)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  40,567 ratings  ·  3,018 reviews
Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country,
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Ace
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Popular Answered Questions This is Mike, Patty's husband. It usually takes Patty most of a year to write a book, though she's shooting for a book every 9 months. The comics aren…moreThis is Mike, Patty's husband. It usually takes Patty most of a year to write a book, though she's shooting for a book every 9 months. The comics aren't the problem, it's just the production time. In 2014 she published "Night Broken" and "Shifting Shadows" (and short stories ARE a time-sink!).

In 2015 she published "Dead Heat". In 2016 she'll publish "Fire Touched" and just maybe we'll get another Mercy in late fall (no promises). She just started the next Mercy book (still untitled) today and is about ten pages into it.

So, it's not the comics (which actually don't earn much) but the writing time for the books that takes time.
Timelord Iain Mercyverse has had its contract extended to 3 more Mercy books (including #9), another Alpha and Omega book, and a Tom and Moira book.

Moira is the bli…more
Mercyverse has had its contract extended to 3 more Mercy books (including #9), another Alpha and Omega book, and a Tom and Moira book.

Moira is the blind witch from Hunting Ground... she already has a short story.

Edit: found official post on Facebook Dec, 2nd:

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Bri Martinez •Books and Bri•
*Review below*

Ahh, yes, another Mercy book. We might have to wait another year, but at least the series is continuing!

*Happy and so excited!*

There are a couple things I would love to see happen in the next book/finally figure out:

1. I would love for Smurf Christy to make another appearance, just so Mercy can throwdown again.
2. Learn more about Mercy's lifespan (view spoiler).
3. More Kyle, Warren, Ben, and Jesse moments.
4. Maybe a little som
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I love Mercy and Adam so much! I love the majority of everyone in these books!

Now the crew are going up against the fae by taking out a troll they sent and taking in a boy they are after. Everything was so bad ass as usual. This series can go on forever as far as I'm concerned!

I would love for Mercy and Adam have a baby. Would it be part werewolf and coyote? Who would know. It's an awesome concept though 😊

And I love this cover! She's so bad and beautiful!

Mel ❤️

Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
FINALLY, we're back on track. I felt like both the last Mercy and Alpha & Omega book were filler/setup, but FIRE TOUCHED is plot-driven and fantastic.

Full RTC.
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
One of my favorite books in this series! Full review, first posted on

Fire Touched is the ninth novel in Patricia Briggs’ MERCY THOMPSON urban fantasy series, and the series is still going strong. In fact, this is one of the stronger entries in the series. (Spoiler alert for earlier books in the series.)

Mercy is relaxing in her home with her husband Adam, the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack. Of course there are all the small day-to-day annoyances: Adam’s ex-wi
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

I absolutely loved this book! As soon as I had this book, I set everything else aside and started it right away. It has been two long years since I had a new Mercy Thompson book to read and this book proved to be worth the wait. It really had just about everything that I could have hoped for. There was tons of excitement, some tender moments, and some scenes that made me laugh. I haven't read a book this entertaining for a very long time.

Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Author
Dear Mercy

someone slap the fuck out of Christy .. knock that bitch into next week please. (5 stars if you do that no matter what happens in the plot) she doesn't need to die or anything but knock that bitch out

ps. I hate every bitch who reads this book before me

update: reading the audio book youtube review coming up soon
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
You aren't going to believe this, because I can just barely, but suddenly I started enjoying Mercy Thompson again. My last reviews for books 4 through 6 were less then stellar. Reading so many so close together highlighted the narrative re-explanations, the device of kidnapping, Mercy's lack of agency, the general lack of females and the general antipathy of the females that were included. Surprisingly, much of that changes here, sometimes obviously so. Let's hope it sticks, and that Briggs does ...more
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is what I looked like when the librarian handed me this book:


Not even an exaggeration, folks...
So, after all that flailing and screaming, was it any good?
In fact, I only have one complaint, and that's that Fire Touched was just waaaaaay too short.
342 pages, Ms. Briggs? Are you trying to kill me with disappointment?!
Oh well. I guess I'll just take what I can get...and like it.


Ok, ok. I'll shut up about the length.
This one was classic Mercy.
If you're a fan of the books, then you'll kno
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
most amazing kick ass series ever!!

Review will come
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

Fire Touched is the ninth book in Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series. This is one of those series I have been reading for forever and I still look forward to each book releasing. My husband and I both love this series, so it’s fun to chat about it since we don't read a ton of the same books. There is always some supernatural drama going on around Mercy- and this book centers on the fae. It starts with a troll, then goes to a fire touched child. There is a lot going on, as always.

Re-read 3rd time June 23rd 2020

Re-read April 1st 2017

4.5 Stars

When the Fae let a monster loose, the Pack are called to take it down, since the police can’t make any headway and lives are at stake. Zee and Tad join in the fight bringing with them an odd, fire-touched boy named Aiden who seeks the Pack’s protection from the Fae. Taking in Aiden brings all kinds of risk and problems, but we all know Mercy and Adam would never turn their back on someone seeking safety. At the end of the battle, Merc
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars!

The Mercy Thompson series is one I've been reading for years. I love it so much and think we are lucky as fans that the series has not ended yet. It's also one of the best urban fantasy series out there, in my opinion. So every Spring when a new book in the series is published I get so delighted because I really want to see what happens next in the series.

In this ninth installment, Mercy and her Alpha werewolf husband Adam, find themselves faced with issues surrounding the Fae. The p
Aisling Zena

5 Nudge stars

Another Mercy winner! These books are getting better and better. At some point I looked up and saw that I had read to 80% of the book and didn't even realize it!

An excellent addition to the series and hopefully we will get the next one sooner rather than later.

P.S. I never thought I'd get upset over a piece of wood but Patricia Briggs managed it.

MARCH 2016?2016?Two years?! Now, I seriously don't like being kept waiting.


Maria V. Snyder
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm still reading this series, one of the few that I'm still engaged in! It's all due to the characters - I could read about them hanging out and playing video games all day, but this time Mercy and Adam take on the Fae. This was a strong book and I made the mistake of reading the first chapter of Silence Fallen at the end of the book. You know how the publishers will do that to hook you right into the next book? Yeah, even knowing that trick, I was caught! Only problem, I've been trying to take ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Fire Touched is another strong entry into the Mercy Thompson series, and even though it might not be my favorite book or even in my top three, the significance of this volume cannot be overlooked because it contains a lot of important moments and turning points.

For one thing, the pack has grown again. Mercy may have stirred things up after becoming the mate of Adam, alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolves, but after the e
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

I love returning to this world. Not only it is comforting to be back into Mercy’s head but there’s just something about this world that always excites me. There’s never a dull moment, especially when a rampaging troll starts causing mayhem. It’s up to Mercy and her merry crew to tame him. But that seems to be the least of her problems when she discovered that a human child has been stolen by the fae years ago. This sparks a dangerous war between the humans and the fae, throwing Mercy right
March 2018 Reread. Buddy read with Sarah and Erica.
February 2017 Re-read

Original review:
I, often, think that it's harder to review a book in a favorite series, or by a favorite author, than almost any other review I write. Not only am I comparing that book to everything else I've ever read, but I'm comparing it to the best that this author, this series, has ever given me. Then there's the fact that because I have twelve full-length novels in my history from this series, I have a bit more love fo
Marta Cox
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews
Mercy Thompson (or should that be Hauptman ?)will always take readers on a fantastic ride and not just because she's a mechanic ! No this coyote shifter who just happens to be married to Adam the local Alpha of the werewolves, just seems to always be in the thick of it. She has stood up to Gods, tackled Vampires, fought Fae assassins and worst of all survived against Adams ex wife ! So when a troll shows up surely its business as usual? Well maybe not as the Grey Lords seem to want to start a wa ...more
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: werewolves
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

FIRE TOUCHED started off with an impressive fight between some of Adam’s pack members, Mercy and a troll on a bridge, and the stakes only got higher from there. There’s a very real possibility that an all-out war between the fae and the werewolves might be looming on the horizon, and the outcome rests on this book’s shoulders. Patricia Briggs once again worked her creative mojo by writing a brilliant plot-driven story chock-full of remarkable characters and enough action
2.5 stars - Spoilers

-Quite enjoyed the story, mainly because of all the fae politics/drama going on, it was better than Patricia Briggs last few Mercy/Anna books which have been nothing but ex wife/girlfriend nonsense and bitchy pack drama. I still couldn't stand most of the characters though. Mercy with her constant apologies, self-blame, and guilt about every decision she made was boring to read. As well as her do goody, vanilla ways, there was just nothing interesting about her.

-The pack's s
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*


“Holy Avon, Batman, I thought as worry relaxed into annoyance-tinged humor, I’ve been attacked by a multilevel marketer.”

Now don't get me wrong with the rating that is under four or even five stars - I liked this book and wasn't disappointed with it. It has Mercy and most of the group I'm used to, it had an interesting enough story, but it didn't have the oomph and energy required for a four star rating. It was kind of like sitting with a familiar and well-liked group, watching an interestin
1st Read February 2016
2nd Read February 2017
3rd Read March 2018

Original Review:

Buddy read with Ange

I reread the entire Mercy Thompson series (and the Alpha & Omega spin off) before the release of Fire Touched so to say I was hyped up for this book is a massive understatement. I absolutely adore this world and all it's characters and I'm incredibly invested in what happens to them so this was right up there among my most longed for books of the year (please, please write faster Patricia Briggs I
Lisa Kay
...Quote from Fire Touched...

★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Lorelei King, who narrates Mercy’s first person account of this series, just keeps getting better and better. She has a nice range of voices for all the characters. And I just love how you can tell when Mercy is talking with someone from when she is only thinking something. It is a nice thing to know, when you listen to an audiobook. She can make Mercy’s voice filled with humor, snark, sadness, lust, fear, or friendship. Her
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4.5 ★'s

Another favorite urban fantasy couple and series that is yes, a bit formulaic, but P.B. has done a good job keeping certain things fresh and interesting.

Mercy and Adam continue to present a united front against the problems with the Fae and they even manage to ramp things up a notch. But I just love the two of them together and I was really impressed with what Adam did.

It was great having Zee and Tad back and I really liked the newcomer. However, I felt like Mercy's abilities were a lit
Dana Ilie
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
In FIRE TOUCHED we learn more about the Fae, their relationship with Underhill, and all the shenanigans involved there. It’s some serious messed-up stuff, and you can’t blame Aiden for being afraid of having to go back, which is why he asks for the pack’s protection in the first place. But who knew that Aiden’s simple request would have such far-reaching consequences? The fallout may prove to be a serious problem for the pack–and it looks like we’ll see more in the sequel
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
5 Fire Touched stars!

This was a fantastic addition to the series and I think it may be one of the best yet, definitely top 3. I just adore Mercy and the gang, I love them a little more every book. The world has really evolved since the first book and I love that the fae play a bigger part as the series goes on.

This book is filled with the characters we already know and love and it introduces a new one, Aiden, a boy who was stolen by the fae, trapped in underhill and terrorised. I didn't think I
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
2.5 stars

Yes, that's right, only 2.5 stars. I struggled with how to rate this because my sense of loyalty and nostalgia warred with my sense of fairness and honesty. In the end honesty won out. This has long been a favorite series of mine and I love and adore Mercy and Adam, Ben, Warren, and Kyle. I still love them and will continue reading about them likely as long as the author keeps writing about them. That said, the particular plot of this book didn't really ever suck me in. It took me four
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore this series! I have had my ups and downs with Mercy Thompson books this year but I can say without a doubt that Fire Touched is my favorite instalment to the date. And no, it's not because of stunning cover.

I absolutely loved pack dynamics and all side characters in this novel. Story was fast-paced, addictive and if I could I would read it in one sitting. It was that good! As other reviewers already said, this is heavily plot-driven story with nonstop action and I had a lot of fun readin
Jen Davis
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It’s a pretty rare thing for a series to really hold on to its spark after nine installments. But this one does it. Reading this book was like falling back into a familiar world I know and love. I didn’t want to put it down, not because it was an adrenaline filled ride, but because I cared what would happen next. Mercy Thompson is a fantastic heroine. She is not the strongest or the most powerful, but she is astute and loyal, and when the chips fall, she comes through every time.

I left the last
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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 n

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“She doesn’t need the pack. She doesn’t need me.”

I shot to my feet. “That’s not true,” I said hotly.

He tilted his head a little, his eyes meeting mine. His eyes softened. “I misspoke,” he said in a steady voice. “She doesn’t need me to make sure she has enough food or a place to live-that is my privilege, but she doesn’t need me to do that. She doesn’t need me to keep her safe or to make her a whole person. She doesn’t need me to do anything except love her. Which I do.”
“So,” he said, shaking his head. “I’m too much for you. You should have said something. We might be married, Mercy, but no still means no.”

I widened my eyes at him. “I just haven’t wanted to hurt your feelings.”

“When I give you that little nudge, hmm?” His voice took on a considering air. “Come to think of it, I’m feeling a little nudge coming on right now.”

“Now?” I whispered in horrified tones. I looked up toward Jesse’s room. “Think of the children.”

He tilted his head as if to listen, then shook it. “They won’t hear anything from there.” He started slowly down the stairs.

“Think of Darryl, Zack, Lucia, and Joel,” I said earnestly. “They’ll be scarred for life.”

“You know what they say about werewolves,” he told me gravely, stepping down to the ground.

I broke and ran—and he was right on my tail. Figuratively speaking, of course. I don’t have a tail unless I’m in my coyote shape.”
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