Soul taken

Patricia Briggs

Book - 2022

"Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, must face her greatest fears in this chilling entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series. The vampire Wulfe is missing. Since he's deadly, possibly insane, and his current idea of "fun" is stalking Mercy, some may see it as no great loss. But when he disappears, the Tri-Cities pack is blamed. The Mistress of the vampire seethe informs Mercy that the pack must produce Wulfe to prove their innocence, or the loose alliance b...etween the local vampires and werewolves is over. So Mercy goes out to find her stalker-and discovers that it's not just Wulfe who's disappeared. Someone is taking people from locked rooms, from the aisles of stores, and even from crowded parties. And these are not simply ordinary people but supernatural beings. Most of them are powerless loners who quietly moved to the Tri-Cities, hoping that the safety promised by Mercy and Adam's pack would extend to them as well. Who is taking them? As Mercy investigates, she hears of the legend of the Harvester, who travels by less trodden paths and reaps ripe souls with a great black scythe. . . "--

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Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

A new threat comes to Washington State's Tri-Cities in Briggs's solid 13th Mercy Thompson urban fantasy (after Smoke Bitten). Secrets come out and tensions rise among the Columbia Basin shape-shifter pack when it is implicated in the disappearance of Wulfe, the vampire who has been stalking shape-shifter mechanic Mercy. Marsilia, the mistress of the local vampire seethe, threatens to end the alliance between vampires and werewolves if the pack can't prove its innocence by finding and returning Wulfe to her. Complication arises when a series of dead bodies turn up throughout the Tri-Cities in murders that mimic the killings featured in a new horror movie and appear to be magic in origin. With the pack in danger and Mercy herself targeted by the murderer, she and her allies race to uncover who—or what—is doing the killings. As they peel back the layers of the mystery, they find themselves enmeshed in a more complex and much older supernatural plot. Briggs does a good job integrating exposition into her story, offering fans a refresher course on the characters and their backstories and even allowing new readers to jump in fairly easily. This keeps the series going strong. (Aug.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, must face her greatest fears, in a chilling new entry in the #1 New York Times best-selling series.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, must face her greatest fears in this chilling entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series. The vampire Wulfe is missing. Since he's deadly, possibly insane, and his current idea of "fun" is stalking Mercy, some may see it as no great loss. But when he disappears, the Tri-Cities pack is blamed. The Mistress of the vampire seethe informs Mercy that the pack must produce Wulfe to prove their innocence, or the loose alliance between the local vampires andwerewolves is over. So Mercy goes out to find her stalker-and discovers that it's not just Wulfe who's disappeared. Someone is taking people from locked rooms, from the aisles of stores, and even from crowded parties. And these are not simply ordinary people but supernatural beings. Most of them are powerless loners who quietly moved to the Tri-Cities, hoping that the safety promised by Mercy and Adam's pack would extend to them as well. Who is taking them? As Mercy investigates, she hears of the legend of the Harvester, who travels by less trodden paths and reaps ripe souls with a great black scythe. . . "--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, must face her greatest fears in this chilling entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.The vampire Wulfe is missing. Since he’s deadly, possibly insane, and his current idea of “fun” is stalking me, some may see it as no great loss. But, warned that his disappearance might bring down the carefully constructed alliances that keep our pack safe, my mate and I must find Wulfe—and hope he’s still alive. As alive as a vampire can be, anyway.   But Wulfe isn’t the only one who has disappeared. And now there are bodies, too. Has the Harvester returned to the Tri-Cities, reaping souls with his cursed sickle? Or is he just a character from a B horror movie and our enemy is someone else?   The farther I follow Wulfe’s trail, the more twisted—and darker—the path becomes. I need to figure out what’s going on before the next body on the ground is mine.