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Review: Soul Taken by Patricia Briggs

★★★★★ @Mercys_Garage #SoulTaken #NetGalley

My mind is blown. So much happens in this latest book in the series and I thoroughly enjoyed every chapter of it. This should not be read as a standalone. At least read the last 3 or 4 books preceding this book to experience the full effect and understand some of the references. *nudge* (keels over laughing). Mercy cannot get a break. The fae, witches, vampires, and werewolves just seem to want to make her life complicated. It is exhausting to be Mercy.

Wulfe is gone and no one knows where he disappeared to. In addition, the vampires are acting weird and wonky. Sherwood is finally able to remember who he is and that's just in the first chapter or so. We dive right into not-so-great situations from the start. The delicate balance of neutrality is severely tested in the Tri-cities. If Mercy and Adam do not quickly come up to speed with who is causing the problems and the reasons why, their little world of harmony will devolve into chaotic discord. Just another day in the life of a coyote shifter... If Mercy wanted a quiet life, being the daughter of Coyote will never allow that to happen.

I loved the subplots in this story as well as the multiple crazinesses thrown at Mercy. It makes me try to figure out what is going on. I am fully engaged in trying to piece the puzzle together. Are the distractions from the fae part of the greater picture? Or are they to trip Mercy up so that she misses key clues? Bringing it all together in a smashing finale gave me a major book hangover the next day.

Whilst all these shenanigans are going on, we learn about Wulfe's history. It is heartbreaking. On top of this, a huge reveal about Sherwood has me completely floored. Where did this come from and when do we get the next book to explore more about Sherwood? Events from previous books finally have their consequences show up in this book. And boy howdy are these consequences far-reaching and complex. The layers upon layers built into this story are truly amazing. Writing this review makes me want to go back and reread some of the parts I really enjoyed. This is one book not to miss this Summer. This urban fantasy is highly recommended all readers.

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