Title: Soul Taken
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #12
Release Date: August 23, 2022
When Wulfe goes missing, Mercy finds herself tasked with tracking him down. But she quickly finds that Wulfe isn’t the only one missing and there a murderer on the loose who is using a cursed sickle to kill people.
This book was a little bit of a horror story/murder mystery and I loved it. Also, so much happens in this book that I couldn’t put it down. To start with, people have been going missing, including Wulfe, and the pack is tasked with figuring out who is responsible. Wulfe has been a character that is terrifying and scary, but also very damaged. I initially hated him but the more I learned about him the more I felt sorry for him, especially after this book. We get to learn more about his history and why he is the way he is.
The artifact causing the disappearances in this one was a bit wild. I loved how crazy the idea of a cursed sickle is and that it kills people. Like I said, this has horror movie vibes but I am here for it. It was also very interesting on how this tied into vampire politics. Bonarata, the Lord of the Night, returns in this and I was not expecting it so soon. I won’t say anything else about him because I don’t want to spoil anything but I am very interested in seeing what happens in the future with the vampires now.
On top of the murder mystery, we also finally learn Sherwood’s true identity and I was not expecting it. I am very interested in learning more about him now and how the pack will handle his identity. Speaking of the pack, it has really shrunk since they broke off from Bran but I am loving all the character development we are getting with the remaining members. We also learn a little bit more about Zee and why he originally came to the Tri-Cities. Also, I love that Tad is opening up now and starting to date.
Overall, this was another wonderful Mercy book. The artifact was fascinating, the characters were wonderful, and I enjoyed watching Mercy follow all the threads of the mystery. I can’t wait for the next book!
Trigger Warnings: panic attacks; PTSD; torture;
*ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.*
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