Book Review: Winter Lost by Patricia Briggs


My book review of Winter Lost by Patricia Briggs. It's a spellbinding adventure that will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next installment.

Title: Winter Lost

By: Patricia Briggs

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 416

Release Date: June 18th, 2024

Publisher: Ace

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, must stop a disaster of world-shattering proportions in this exhilarating entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

In the supernatural realms, there are creatures who belong to winter. I am not one of them. But like the coyote I can become at will, I am adaptable.

My name is Mercy Thompson Hauptman, and my mate, Adam, is the werewolf who leads the Columbia Basin Pack, the pack charged with keeping the people who live and work in the Tri-Cities of Washington State safe. It’s a hard job, and it doesn’t leave much room for side quests. Which is why when I needed to travel to Montana to help my brother, I intended to go by myself.

But I’m not alone anymore.

Together, Adam and I find ourselves trapped with strangers in a lodge in the heart of the wilderness, in the teeth of a storm of legendary power, only to discover my brother’s issues are a tiny part of a problem much bigger than we could have imagined. Arcane and ancient magics are at work that could, unless we are very careful, bring about the end of the world. . . .


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Patricia Briggs delivers yet another captivating urban fantasy novel with Winter Lost. This book, set in her familiar supernatural world, follows the gripping tale of intrigue, danger, and magic that fans have come to expect.

The story centers around strong, relatable characters. Our protagonist, Mercy Thompson, is a compelling heroine who balances vulnerability with strength, navigating a world where every decision can mean life or death. Briggs excels at character development, and Mercy's journey of self-discovery is both engaging and poignant.

One of the standout features of Winter Lost is the richly detailed world-building. Briggs weaves together elements of mythology and modernity seamlessly, creating a vivid backdrop that enhances the narrative. The winter setting adds a unique, almost haunting atmosphere, with the icy landscapes reflecting the chilling encounters Mercy faces.

The plot is well-paced, filled with twists and turns that keep readers on the edge of their seats. The interplay between suspense and action is masterful, ensuring that the story never drags. Briggs has a knack for creating tension, and the stakes feel genuinely high throughout the book.

However, there are a few minor drawbacks that prevent Winter Lost from being a perfect read. Some secondary characters could have been fleshed out more, as their motivations and backgrounds occasionally feel underdeveloped. Additionally, while the climax is thrilling, it wraps up a bit too neatly, leaving a desire for more complexity in the resolution.

Despite these minor issues, Winter Lost is a thoroughly enjoyable read. Patricia Briggs continues to be a master of the urban fantasy genre, and this book is a testament to her storytelling prowess. It's a must-read for fans of the genre and a solid addition to Briggs' impressive bibliography.

Overall, Winter Lost earns a well-deserved four stars for its engaging plot, strong character development, and immersive world-building. It's a spellbinding adventure that will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next installment.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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