Authors: Patricia Briggs
“An excellent read with plenty of twists and turns. Her strong and complex characters kept me entertained from its deceptively innocent beginning to its can't-put-it-down end. Thoroughly satisfying, it left me wanting more.”
New York Times
A Fistful of Charms
“Patricia Briggs always enchants her readers. With
she weaves her magic on every page to take us into a new and dazzling world of werewolves, shape-shifters, witches, and vampires. Expect to be spellbound.”
author of the Darkyn series
“A suspenseful read that will have you on the edge of your seat as you burn through the pages. Ms. Briggs weaves paranormal and mystery together so deftly you can't put the book down. The cast of characters is wonderfully entertaining, and Mercy's emotional struggles will pull on your heart-strings. For lovers of the paranormal, this is a must-read.”
“A strong story with multidimensional charactersâ¦Mercy is, at heart, someone we can relate to.”
“I've never been disappointed by one of [Patricia Briggs's] books and this one is no exception. Mercy's world is an alternate universe much like Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake booksâ¦or the Buffyverse or more recently the Kim Harrison booksâ¦
ends on a high note and leaves you wanting more. Like a good book should.”
“Fans of Kim Harrison's
Dead Witch Walking
are sure to enjoy this fast paced, creature-feature-packed suspense story. Mercy's no-nonsense approach and quick wit coupled with a strong story line and interesting subplots make for a thoroughly entertaining read.”
Monsters and Critics
“Mercy's a compelling protagonistâ¦The story hums along like a well-tuned engine, keeping the reader engaged through the tumultuous climax.”
“A really good storyâ¦exciting, interesting, and not always predictableâ¦a fun read for a lazy afternoon.”
“Authors the likes of Tanya Huff, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Charlaine Harris have successfully peopled our modern world with vampires, lycanthropes, and other supernatural beings who, to some extent, coexist politely among us mere mortals, living within complex hierarchies, bureaucracies, and clan protocols. Add Patricia Briggs to the listâ¦
is an exciting new entry in the field of dark urban fantasyâ¦I will be watching for Mercy Thompson's next adventure with great anticipation.”
“Inventive and fast-pacedâ¦Mercy's first-person narrative voice is a treat throughoutâ¦an entertaining book from start to end.”
Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
“Patricia Briggs is a talented storyteller who enchants her audience with a spellbinding tale.”
The Best Reviews
“A great novel for grown-ups. I look forward to the next installment in the series.”
“[Patricia Briggs] is an inventive, engaging writer, whose talent for combining magic of all kindsâfrom spells to loveâwith fantastic characters should certainly win her a huge following, and a place on many bookshelves.”
“Briggs writes in a fantasy setting, but deals with abuse and love and delivers action and romance.”
The Alien Online
“Tightly written with fully developed characters and a lavish backdrop, Ms. Briggs's latest fantasy delivers a thrilling coming-of-age story.”
“[Briggs] possesses the all too rare ability to make you fall hopelessly in love with her characters, including the utterly, delightfully inhuman ones.”
“Patricia Briggs is a natural-born storyteller.”
Midwest Book Review
“It is easy to like Patricia Briggs's novelsâ¦Her books are clever, engaging, [and] fast-moving.”
Romantic Science Fiction & Fantasy
“Briggs has a good ear for dialogue and pace and a marked talent for drawing complex characterizationsâ¦This is a love story on many levels, all of which are satisfyingly resolved.”
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This book is lovingly dedicated to
the folks of the Tri-Cities, Washington,
who never knew what was living
in their midst.
With thanks to Barry Bolstad, who let me pick his brain about police work in the Tri-Citiesâand to his wife, Susan, who was patient with us while we talked business at lunch. Thanks also to my sister, Jean Matteucci, who double-checked my German. This book wouldn't be what it is without the contributions over the years of our VWs, VW mechanics, and the folks at opelgt.com. Also a hearty thanks to the usual suspects for service above and beyond the call of duty: Collin and Mike Briggs, Michael and Dee Enzweiler, Ann Peters, Kaye and Kyle Roberson, and John Wilsonâand my editor, Anne Sowards. They read it when it was rough, so you don't have to. Special thanks to my terrific agent, Linn Prentis, who takes care of business so I can write. Most of all I'd like to thank my family, who is getting used to “make your own dinners” and “go awayâI have to finish this three weeks ago last Tuesday.” Without these folks this book would never have been written.
As always, all mistakes are the fault of the author.