Review ~ Soul Taken by Patricia Briggs

Posted September 7, 2022 by Tanya in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 0 Comments

Review ~ Soul Taken by Patricia BriggsSoul Taken by Patricia Briggs
Narrator: Lorelei King
Length: 10 hours 33 minutes
Series: Mercy Thompson #13
Published by Ace on August 23, 2022
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 398
3.5 Stars
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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.

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I am debating on whether there were just a lot of parts of the story that bothered me, or if I was just having a hard time with reading in general.

While I was reading, the things that bugged me just sort of shadowed the read for me. It wasn’t until I stepped back and gave the book as a whole some scrutiny that I realized there was a lot of Soul Taken that I enjoyed.

So, the thing that stuck out like a sore thumb while I was reading, was that there seemed to be a lot of repetition. The thing that threw me the most was the amount of times the difference between brimstone and sulphur as explained. Another thing that has been growing on me when I read each new Mercy book, is that I really should do a reread before the release. I am completely lost on what powers some of the characters each carry. Especially Mercy and Adam. There seems to be a middle ground I need that is making it more difficult to focus on what is going on.

HOWEVER, there was a lot of really great scenes in Soul Taken. We get some back story on Wulfe, Marsilia and Stefan which is very important. I saw vulnerability in Mercy more than once, but she figures out ways to conquer whatever is affecting her at any given time showing what great strength she has. Throughout the book there are parts where we have some action and what seems like something completely unrelated to the overall plot. That made the ending really good. All the pieces came together to make surprising revelations. There is an issue in the book that made me question everything I knew about this person and Mercy’s relationship.

There are also pack issues that come up that Adam & Mercy have to deal with in addition to the main plot. Two different wolves and issues but both very important. It sets us up for some issues that could be important in future books.

I am seriously thinking about listening to the audiobook. I love Lorelei King, and I think a reread might help me get over the issues I had. Plus, do I need to mention that cover? Dan Dos Santos does amazing covers for Patricia Brigg’s books and Soul Taken was no different. His work is always shelf worthy.

About Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.