by Patricia Briggs
Review by Gayle Surrette
Ace Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0441013813
Date: 31 January, 2006 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Then Alan (Mac) MacKenzie Frasier asks Mercy for a job, any job. Mercy knows he's a werewolf since she can smell it. She also knows he's new and hungry. She feeds him thus rendering him safer and learns that he doesn't know anything about his wolf nature. But before she can get him to trust her, men come to capture him. Mercy has to make some fast decisions but she kills to protect Mac and knows that the local Alpha, Adam, has to be called in on this. Adam agrees to train Mac but after he meets the pack, Adam is attacked and Mac is killed.
Mercy finds she has to go back to the pack that raised her and talk to the head of all the packs in America, the Marrok. There's a lot of history with the pack and now Mercy must face it and come to terms with all that happened to her there. There's more to this book than the main story line as there usually is in good stories. Mercy needs to find herself. She needs to find the core of who she is and what she is. While she's been a strong character from the beginning there was a tentativeness to her relationships and facing all that confronts her in this story, Mercy gains knowledge of her strengths and weaknesses and how to deal with them.
It's a strong story with multi-dimensional characters. I'm looking forward to another book with these characters. There's plenty of stories left with these characters and I think we have a main character who won't be made stronger and stronger until we can't relate because Mercy is at heart someone we can relate to.