Review: Soul Taken by Patricia Briggs

Series: Mercy Thompson #13
Author: Patricia Briggs
Publisher: Ace
Released: August 23, 2022
Received: NetGalley

4 1/2 kitties

It’s incredible how quickly one can get taken up in a story. I’ve been reading the Mercy Thompson series for years, yet it doesn’t feel that way. Soul Taken is the thirteenth installment in the series, and part of me hopes it’ll be far from the last.

Mercy knows there’s something…different…going on with Wulfe. She’s known that for a while – but that doesn’t mean she knows what to do about him. Until recently, he had taken to stalking her, making his sudden disappearance all the more concerning.

If only he were the only one to have disappeared. A series of events will force Mercy to wonder if the tale of the Harvester is true – and what will happen to the Tri-Cities if this mysterious creature isn’t taken down and fast.

“This frail cloth, a gift to the person he had once been, was his touchstone, a reminder that once he had been whole. Once there had been joy.”

Soul Taken was such a fun read! I’ve known for a while now that Mercy Thompson was one of my favorite series, but it feels like every new novel just drives that point home. To say that there’s a lot to enjoy about this latest installment would be an understatement.

As always, one of the things I love the most about this series is supernatural politics. We’ve got werewolves (obviously), vampires, fae, and more critters coming out of the woodwork at every turn. And don’t forget the humans! They have their source of politics and trouble.

Soul Taken very much upped the ante in some of these respects. I loved seeing the different supernatural groups try and work their way through this latest situation. It’s very telling how each individual and their corresponding faction reacted. I can’t say more than that because of spoilers.

What I can say is that I’m absolutely fascinated by this new Wulfe subplot. I can’t wait to see where that goes. I’m also dreading it because you know it’s probably going to get dark (it does involve Wulfe, after all).

All of Briggs’ readers in Soul Taken had plenty of moments. Visits and cameos from beloved characters, satisfying twists, and references to past moments, things like that. It makes for a very worthwhile read.

Thanks to Ace and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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