Soul Taken by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the thirteenth book in one of the few long-running urban fantasy series still standing. I like the world and the characters, but I think this one suffered a bit from "too much has happened to understand" syndrome. If you haven't read at least the few previous books (back to number #10, Silence Fallen) you will be hopelessly adrift. I think an "our story so far" prologue would help the reader.
Having said that, this is an entertaining entry in the series, fast-paced and suspenseful. Mercy, a coyote shapeshifter (and daughter of the actual trickster god Coyote) goes up against an ancient artifact that steals people's souls. She has a nice relationship with her mate, the werewolf and Alpha of the local pack Adam Hauptman, and the author makes good use of the side characters, in particular Zee, the grumpy and dangerous Fae who is Mercy's partner at her garage. Mercy is not superpowered and nearly indestructible like the werewolves (although she can see ghosts and has a few other tricks up her sleeve), which means she has to use her wits to survive. This makes her a more relatable character.
I don't think this entry in the series is quite as good as some, particularly Silence Fallen, but it held my attention well enough. However, I do wish the author would provide a brief recap at the beginning going forward.
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