Storm Cursed

Storm Cursed

In this powerful entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Mercy Thompson must face a deadly enemy to defend all she loves...My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic.And a coyote shapeshifter.And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack.Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I had...

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Storm Cursed Reviews

  • Steven

    Thanks to Ace/DAW for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!

    First, let me get this out of the way: OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGWOW. Okay. Phew, that's all said and done.

    Patty, you've outdone yourself. What a rollercoaster! Bringing back the vampires, throwing in a bunch of dark witches, tying a bunch of storylines together and revealing that you've got a much more devious master-plan kind of mind than we've realized before... game officially upped!

    This one starts with all of the

    Thanks to Ace/DAW for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review!

    First, let me get this out of the way: OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGWOW. Okay. Phew, that's all said and done.

    Patty, you've outdone yourself. What a rollercoaster! Bringing back the vampires, throwing in a bunch of dark witches, tying a bunch of storylines together and revealing that you've got a much more devious master-plan kind of mind than we've realized before... game officially upped!

    This one starts with all of the craziness that happened in Europe still fresh on everyone's mind. Lots of little things start to happen that seem to indicate something bigger is going on, and someone is playing with Mercy and the pack because of their declaration over the Tri-Cities area. Meanwhile, you've got the Fae and the government trying to work out a deal/peace between everybody, and of course, Mercy and the gang are all wrapped up in that too. Nothing like having a bunch on your plate, right? At least the stakes are super low, right? Oh wait, no, just the fates of humanity and Fae and everything in between on the line. Lots of pressure, check.

    I can't really say much more without spoiling a ton, but let's just say it had everything I've been wanting from an urban fantasy book lately - humor, witches, werewolves, fae, plot twists - and also included things I had no idea I needed - like zombie Nigerian dwarf goats. Yep, turns out those are a necessity. :)

    Highly recommended (and as always, I definitely suggest reading the entirety of the Mercyverse beforehand - both Mercy's books and the Alpha & Omega series).

  • Ina

    I fi

    I finally got some time and managed to read

    , yay for me! I missed Mercy.

    After "going on a vacation" to Europe in the last book, Mercy is back home with Adam and the pack and things are more or less back to normal. Until reanimated animals start appearing and witches start dying. No offense to Sabrina and the Halliwell sisters, but witches are creepy as hell! Their portrayal in this series is super spooky and disturbing. I'm okay with werewolves fighting to death, vampires enslaving humans and the Fae killing humans and each other. But witches torturing puppies and kittens? Na-ah. Nope.

    Whenever I re-read this series or whenever a new book comes out, I get reminded of how well written this story is and how well developed the characters are. There were a lot of plot twists I didn't see coming and a lot of new hints I expect will play bigger roles in the upcoming books. However, when it comes to characters, even though I absolutely love Mercy, Adam, Warren, Honey, Stefan and everyone else... Who really stole the show for me this time was Wulfe. I know that he is creepy and convoluted, but you can't say he isn't hilarious.

    Twisted? Yes. Scary? Yes. Will probably turn into a villain eventually? Yes. Would I still like to hang out with him? Hell yeah.

    By the way, I'm really glad that

    Good job with solid story telling and not dragging out unnecessary villains, Patricia!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Jilly

    Read this when you won't be interrupted because it is not put-downable.

    I do need to give a warning though: there is animal torture in this book. It was darker than most of the series, and I felt a little sickened by the torture stuff.

    Who the fuck could torture a kitten?

    I can't little kitty! I can't!

    I need to pet it and love it forever..And, I'm a dog person!

    To me, this felt like the darkest book in the series so far. I didn't mind the vampire stuff that was brutal like I did this black-magic t

    Read this when you won't be interrupted because it is not put-downable.

    I do need to give a warning though: there is animal torture in this book. It was darker than most of the series, and I felt a little sickened by the torture stuff.

    Who the fuck could torture a kitten?

    I can't little kitty! I can't!

    I need to pet it and love it forever..And, I'm a dog person!

    To me, this felt like the darkest book in the series so far. I didn't mind the vampire stuff that was brutal like I did this black-magic thing.

    I feel the need to get blessed by a priest after reading it.

    Yeah, maybe not. Better not to take chances..

    Okay, so the story is about witches who are making zombies and causing trouble. We aren't sure what their long-game is, but the story is woven together masterfully. A lot of questions are answered about past events as well as the current ones, and there will be trouble ahead.

    We don't have Bran in this one, which might be a good thing considering what was recently revealed about him and the controversy surrounding it. But, we do get most of the other characters that we have all grown to know. And, best of all: Wulfe! He is very involved, which is awesome because he's such a mysterious character. You are never sure what he will do. Sometimes he seems good, and most of the time evil, but he's never boring.

    Yeah, like that.

    The best part of this book: the miniature goat zombies. I love how everyone keeps talking about how cute they were. It's like, yeah zombies are bad and want to eat your face, but did you see how cute they were?

    Awww, let's just surrender to him. He's so cute!

    The book needed that cuteness. I think that instead of freaking out a priest, I'll just look at baby goat pictures as my brain-cleanser.

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    4.5 stars, and this one's on sale now! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

    , the eleventh book in Patricia Briggs’ MERCY THOMPSON urban fantasy series, kicks the series up a notch with some clashes with black magic witches, and no one is safe. Mercy, a coyote skinwalker and the shapechanger daughter of the god Coyote, is back in the Tri-Cities area of Washington state after her hair-raising adventures in Europe in

    .

    begins with a seemingly tangential e

    4.5 stars, and this one's on sale now! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

    , the eleventh book in Patricia Briggs’ MERCY THOMPSON urban fantasy series, kicks the series up a notch with some clashes with black magic witches, and no one is safe. Mercy, a coyote skinwalker and the shapechanger daughter of the god Coyote, is back in the Tri-Cities area of Washington state after her hair-raising adventures in Europe in

    .

    begins with a seemingly tangential event: Mercy has tagged two of her husband Adam’s werewolf pack, firefighter Mary Jo and computer nerd Ben, to go on a goblin hunt with her, tracking down a goblin suspected of killing a policeman. She calls Larry, the goblin king who we met in

    , to help. What this event discloses about Mercy’s evolving relationship with Mary Jo, and about a secret power held by goblins that is apparently unique among the fae, may have important repercussions in the future.

    Indirectly this goblin hunt leads to a police request to help with a bunch of pygmy goats that someone has turned into zombies using witchcraft (interestingly, the pygmy goats are still adorable even though they’re dead and zombie-fied). When Mercy calls the witch family of Elizaveta Arkadyevna to help with the zombie goat problem, a strange woman with a soft Southern voice answers the phone and tells Mercy that Elizaveta’s family is “all tied up right now.” Not ominous at all! And then the family that owned the pygmy goats tell Mercy about a woman with a Southern accent who tried to buy the goats … and to get their young son to come to her car.

    As Mercy and Adam investigate what has happened at Elizaveta’s house, and where the zombies are coming from, they find threats from both without and within their territory. Meanwhile, the Gray Lords of the fae are reengaging with humans, offering to meet with the U.S. government to negotiate a peace treaty, but the witch problem is threatening this process as well.

    Black magic makes for a compelling but harrowing plot in

    . Black magic witches are the most powerful of all witches in this world; far more powerful than white or gray witches. Their willingness to torture and kill both animals and people gives them a far greater boost to their magical powers than white and gray witches can access. That willingness to commit appallingly evil acts for the sake of power is front and center in

    , and Briggs doesn’t pull her punches. (Sensitive readers are advised to tread carefully.)

    Offsetting this darkness is the moral bedrock and decency of the key characters. It’s not just in Mercy and Adam, but also in Zee, a powerful fae who is Mercy’s longtime friend, Zee’s son Tad, and several others. We finally learn more about the mysterious past of Sherwood Post, a werewolf with a missing leg (supposedly an impossibility, since werewolves regenerate). Wulfe, an extremely powerful but unbalanced vampire, gets a chance to shine in Storm Cursed, and there are new revelations about his character as well.

    Briggs pulls in plot threads and character arcs from prior books and takes them in unexpected but logical directions with each new novel in the MERCY THOMPSON and the related ALPHA AND OMEGA series, which are so closely interwoven that it’s definitely best to read all of the books in both series in order. In

    , Briggs once again surprised me with her willingness to shake things up. No character is safe (well, perhaps other than Mercy and Adam), no matter how long they’ve been a part of the series.

    was fascinating reading, even though it had several disturbing scenes. It kept me glued to my chair. Sixteen books into the world of Mercy Thompson (counting both series), Briggs is still writing excellent urban fantasy and finding ways to keep it fresh.

    SO GOOD I THINK IM GOING TO READ IT AGAIN! Black magic witches make for a great plot.

    Mix in some wonderful secondary characters like Sherwood Post and Zee and a little Wulfe.

    Also: adorable zombie pygmy goats! I can’t even.

    I really enjoyed this book, even though it has some harrowing moments. It made me want to go back and reread the whole Mercy Thompson series (how did we first meet Larry the goblin king and Sherwood Post the mysterious werewolf again?).

    Content warnings: some descriptions of torture and animal cruelty. Sensitive readers tread carefully. Also a few scattered F-bombs.

    Update: And now a week later NetGalley finally informs me that I’ve been approved. So now I have two copies! 😂

    Initial post: Guess what appeared on my doorstep today!!

    There's nothing quite like asking for a book on NetGalley, getting no response, slowly losing hope, then having a hard copy get shipped to you!

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    *Buddy read with some friends at For Love Of A Book!

    I loved the book but one little thing made me want to kill some peeps! And there are miniature zombie goats 😃. Well, there are a lot of things in the book but still, miniature zombie goats 😃

    And Stefan and Zee; just the gang 😊💕

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    I'm obsessed with this cover!!

    Happy Reading Mercy Fans!

    Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  • Celeste

    Actual rating: 4.5 stars, rounded up.

    I was ecstatic to receive a copy of this book. First of all, Briggs’s

    series served as my gateway into truly appreciating urban fantasy. I had previous exposure to the genre, having binge read many of the

    Actual rating: 4.5 stars, rounded up.

    I was ecstatic to receive a copy of this book. First of all, Briggs’s

    series served as my gateway into truly appreciating urban fantasy. I had previous exposure to the genre, having binge read many of the

    novels (until it devolved into nothing but orgy after orgy), a handful of the

    books, and the first five of Moning’s

    series.

    . As soon as I met her in

    , I was enamored. Here was a woman who felt like she could step right out of her story and become my friend, someone I would invite over when I was cooking something particularly spicy for dinner, who I could watch movies with or invite to a concert knowing that we would feed on each other’s enthusiasm. She felt (and still feels) incredibly real for me, despite that fact that she can shape-shift into a coyote. She’s been through some rough times, but she always bounces back. She was also the first UF heroine I’ve come across who shares my faith in spite of the craziness that plagues her life.

    The only other heroine who has this lifelike quality for me is J.D. Robb’s Eve Dallas, who I will also love forever.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, which felt like more of a return to the world I had come to love after the slight departure in both setting and storytelling style Briggs presented in

    , the installment that preceded

    .

    Some bad black magic is plaguing the Tri-Cities area. It first expresses itself in the form of a herd of miniature zombie goats. They’re just as adorably disturbing as they sound. Mercy is trying desperately to stay ahead of the zombie situation and find the culprit while Adam and most of the werewolves are preparing for a summit between the US government and the fae. Aiding Mercy is Sherwood, the mysterious werewolf amputee who was sent to their pack by Bran with little explanation. Finding out a bit more of his story was an interesting, satisfying addition to the story.

    My one and only issue was really more of an issue on my part than with the book itself. This is the 11th installment in this series. At this point, I simply don’t have time to reread ten books to refresh my memory, and

    . However, Briggs did a good job of giving readers enough to keep them from getting lost without ever breaking the tension of the story by stepping outside of the narrative to explain or remind.

    I thoroughly enjoyed my visit with Mercy. She’s a character who I could happily read dozens of novels about, and who I am always thrilled to revisit.

    And can I just mention this gorgeous cover? Talk about fierce. I can’t wait to see where her crazy life takes Mercy next!

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously

    I don't know how Briggs nails it every time but she does. Mercy Thompson is a series I've been reading almost since it started, and though time goes by and my reading tastes change, this series holds its own and remains a constant source of joy for me.

    In the previous book Mercy made the tri-cities area a safe haven for citizens in her territory. Now with that proclamation, she needs to uphold it. When a new coven o

    I don't know how Briggs nails it every time but she does. Mercy Thompson is a series I've been reading almost since it started, and though time goes by and my reading tastes change, this series holds its own and remains a constant source of joy for me.

    In the previous book Mercy made the tri-cities area a safe haven for citizens in her territory. Now with that proclamation, she needs to uphold it. When a new coven of witches comes in and threatens everything, she must fight them to keep those close to her safe.

    First things first, miniature zombie goats. Who knew that would be a thing and that it would be cute and hilarious? A very riveting book for me, most of it I couldn't put the kindle down. My only thing is I wish I had a character guide, because as I approach my 30s, I cannot remember a damn thing and didn't know who some of these people were because it's been so long since I last read a Briggs book.

    Honestly one of my favorite books of 2019. If you haven't read this series, seriously get your act together and make it work. I can honestly say this series only gets better and better.

    Follow me on ♥

  • Paula Kalin

    The Mercy Thompson series is my guilty pleasure...

    Since book #1 my son and I have been reading this series. We love werewolves, vampires, wolves, and direwolves (missing Games of Thrones!). I typically read serious books, and love digging into a fantasy novel on occasion. Mercy Thompson is such a driving force in her series. A tough woman. One that you don’t want to mess with. She is also married to the alpha male of her pack. SO MUCH FUN...

    I usually rate these books with 5 stars, but dropped it

    The Mercy Thompson series is my guilty pleasure...

    Since book #1 my son and I have been reading this series. We love werewolves, vampires, wolves, and direwolves (missing Games of Thrones!). I typically read serious books, and love digging into a fantasy novel on occasion. Mercy Thompson is such a driving force in her series. A tough woman. One that you don’t want to mess with. She is also married to the alpha male of her pack. SO MUCH FUN...

    I usually rate these books with 5 stars, but dropped it to 4 based on the undead. I am not a fan of zombies. Don’t like them at all, but I still enjoyed this book!

    Looking forward to reading #2 of Briggs other series...really good...

    4 out of 5 stars

  • Anne

    But it wasn't.

    For the vast majority of

    book, I just kept reading out of love for all the

    books. It wasn't awful, but the story just seemed to meander around without getting to the meaty stuff very quickly, and I found myself (shockingly) bored while reading about Mercy for the first time in

    .

    I'm seeing nothing but 5 star reviews out there, but this was, unfortunately, my least favorite installment.

    And

    But it wasn't.

    For the vast majority of

    book, I just kept reading out of love for all the

    books. It wasn't awful, but the story just seemed to meander around without getting to the meaty stuff very quickly, and I found myself (shockingly) bored while reading about Mercy for the first time in

    .

    I'm seeing nothing but 5 star reviews out there, but this was, unfortunately, my least favorite installment.

    And I don't know why Adam's

    about not cursing in front of Mercy, and getting upset when anyone

    cursed in front of Mercy, bothered me more this time around, but it really did. There was more than one mention of it, and it absolutely wore my nerves. I get it - he's from an era where that was a thing.

    Yeah, still annoying.

    I mean, if he didn't curse

    , then that would be a tad different. But changing the way you speak because she's a woman is...weird.

    Anyway.

    The gist is that the leaders of the humans and fae are going to meet and discuss how to go forward, and Adam's security team (plus the pack) are supposed to keep everyone alive. Of course, some nefarious group/person/being wants to blow it all to hell.

    Potentially, it's a group of witches who are creating zombies by using black magic and feeding off of other witches in not nice ways.

    Once again, my favorite parts of the book revolved around the vampires, and I'm really hoping that what happened in

    storyline leads to including them even more in the future.

    Ok, and even though I wasn't blown away, a "bad" book about Mercy & Co. is still a pretty decent book. So, yes, you can bet your ass I'll be reading the next one as soon as it comes out.

  • Aisling Zena

    But..

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