There will be some spoilers in this review, probably.
Frost Burned begins with Mercy and her stepdaughter Jesse out shopping at midnight for the Black Friday sales. They are involved in a minor auto accident, and when they try to call someone to pick them up, no one answers. All the werewolves have gone incommunicado. This is, obviously, a very disturbing thing. So Mercy, as the defacto alpha until Adam can be found, has to protect those who matter to her and find out what happened to the pack. She is quite capable, of course, and isn't averse to calling in favors from other powerful friends. (You will note that I am being vague about the exact nature of the problem--I don't want to spoil it too much for anyone who hasn't read the book yet.)
Reasons why this book is awesome:
- It's a Mercy novel. 'Nuff said.
- It is free of some of the yucky pack politics in some of the earlier books. This is one reason why I also enjoyed the last one, River Marked.
- Asil. Awesome.
- Mercy deals with many problems without relying on werewolves for muscle.
Reasons why it is somewhat less than awesome:
- The ultimate reasons and motivations for some of the things that happened were even more convoluted than usual in these novels, and I'm still not sure I really understand why they were doing some of what they were doing.
- Two days after reading it, I am having trouble remembering all the details (though, to be fair, I re-read the whole series in the meantime, and they have kind of run together in a big Mercy mush in my head).
- Though this series is my favorite urban fantasy, and I think they're great, these novels are still, ultimately, about how Mercy is special and can do things no one else can, including others of her kind. And when you read a bunch of them in a row, as I just did, it becomes really too coincidental to be believed that in situation after situation, Mercy is the one who is uniquely qualified to deal with everything, whether it's fae magic or vampire hunting or ancient hungry spirits wakened from the depths. Urban fantasy has far too many special snowflake heroines, even though I do enjoy some of them (mostly this series and the Kate Daniels novels).
I think I wil re-read this one again, slower this time, so that I can absorb it more thoroughly. I'm getting too tired to be very coherent, so I will just wrap up by saying that the book is a very enjoyable read, and this is a good entry in the series, and anyone who has enjoyed the others will probably enjoy this one, as well. I had a lot of fun reading it.