Title: Storm Cursed
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #11
Witches, curses, and zombies, oh my!
Mercy’s declaration of a safe haven has led to some interesting and dangerous side effects. Now that the Tri-City area is considered all of the pack’s territory to protect, they are finding themselves called in for all kinds of weird sightings, including zombies created by witches.
A lot happens in this book and we see brief returns of a lot of Mercy’s allies both old and new. The pack hasn’t really dealt with black witches yet so it was great to finally learn more about this group. Witches in this world usually use pain and death to fuel their magic. Elizaveta and her family have been the only witch we have seen consistently throughout this series. Unfortunately, in this one we learn some hard truths about her and find that she isn’t as good of a person as she made everyone believe. I wasn’t surprised by the revelations about Elizaveta, especially after her second family member turned on the pack.
The Hardesty witches were quite interesting. One had the ability to create zombies and she created a lot! All the zombies were very interesting because some didn’t even appear to be zombies, and not all were human. All the Hardesty witches dripped dark magic and got off on pain, so as you can imagine there was a lot of death and torture in this book because of them. I enjoyed the battle against the witches. It was different and we got to see people fight that we don’t normally do.
While uncovering information about the witches, we learn more about Sherwood Posts past. He is a fascinating character and I was very surprised by what he can do. Hopefully he continues to stay with the Pack. We also get to see what Wulfe can do with his magic. He is one scary vampire but I also really like him. He may be crazy, but he is entertaining. And of course, Zee and Tad help during this fight. The grumpy old man glamor fools so many people and I love seeing Zee remind everyone how deadly he is. Also, Tad can be just as scary which is surprising.
During all this, Mercy and Adam are also preparing for talks between the government and the fae. Mercy is to be the host and help find neutral ground, while Adam has been tasked with security. The beginning of this book focuses on the set up of this meeting but it quickly gets overshadowed by the witch situation. I really wish we had actually seen some actual scenes from this meeting, especially since it was so important.
Overall, this was another great addition to this series. I am really loving the progression of this story and how this world has changed so much since the first book. I can’t wait to see what they will do next.
Trigger warnings: torture, death, animal torture, animal death
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