Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.
Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?
To be honest, Mercy Thompson needs to introduction. Many of us have been reading this series for years and love every bit of it. Our favorite characters return this time, with Zee and Tad as well as Mercy and Adam.
Mercy and Adam get a call about some weird monster on the bridge, so off they go as well as some of their pack to figure out what is going on. The weird monster is a troll, set loose by the fey. They are helped by Zee and Tad and a strange boy named Aiden who is Fire Touched. They manage to kill the troll.
They fey want Aiden and will do anything to get him. He seeks sanctuary with Mercy and Adam and the pack, but they are unsure of who and what he is. But what they see is a small child, about ten years old, who needs their help. Mercy proclaims the Tri Cities the packs territory and offers sanctuary to those who need it, which upsets some of the pack. Bran cuts them off from Pack in an effort to stop a war between fey and werewolf.
They meet with the fey in an effort to gain control of the situation, but they need something to appease the fey in leiu of Aiden, who they will not give back. Aiden was a child stolen by Underhill hundreds of years ago, who managed to escape. Although he does not have much control over his powers, they cannot allow the child to be taken back and tortured and killed. Aiden, Mercy, and Adam journey to Underhill to find an artifact to appease the fey, but nothing is ever easy.
Just, wow. I am so glad I found this series, because it is just amazing. If you have not yet read Mercy's story, start at the beginning with Moon Called and get busy with it!