Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs

Smoke Bitten (Mercy Thompson, #12)

by Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, faces a threat unlike any other in this thrilling entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

I am Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman.
My only “superpowers” are that I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote and fix Volkswagens. But I have friends in odd places and a pack of werewolves at my back. It looks like I'm going to need them.

Centuries ago, the fae dwelt in Underhill—until she locked her doors against them. They left behind their great castles and troves of magical artifacts. They abandoned their prisoners and their pets. Without the fae to mind them, those creatures who remained behind roamed freely through Underhill wreaking havoc. Only the deadliest survived.

Now one of those prisoners has escaped. It can look like anyone, any creature it chooses. But if it bites you, it controls you. It lives for chaos and destruction. It can make you do anything—even kill the person you love the most. Now it is here, in the Tri-Cities. In my territory.

It won't, can't, remain.

Not if I have anything to say about it.

Reviewed by Elentarri on

2 of 5 stars



This installment was rather bland and came across as filler or as if the author had run out of ideas. There were 3 main plot lines. Briggs should have fleshed out the plots involving Adam and the witches and left out the "vampire bunny". OR at least come up with something less silly. Even the end identity of the "vampire bunny" was daft. Also, the resolution of Adam's issue was so convenient and easy.

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Reading updates

  • 18 April, 2020: Started reading
  • 19 April, 2020: Finished reading
  • 29 September, 2020: Reviewed