Description Review: Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs
Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more
After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.
Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.
As I mentioned the day before last in my description review for Succubus on Top, I think that descriptions for books later in the series have a different purpose than descriptions for debut novels. For debut novels (which, in this case, I mean first in a series, whether or not it’s the author’s first book), the primary goal has to be to convince people to want to read that book.
The descriptions for books later in the series have to do this too, but not in the same way. There are those few people who pick a random book off a bookshelf and read the description, decide they’re interested, and find out which book is book 1, so you can’t ignore that portion of the population. But chances are good that most of the people who read the description of, say, the seventh book in the series, they’re already invested in wanting to read the book. You may still have to convince a few to read the description, but I for one, don’t normally even bother to read the description unless I’m trying to figure out if I’ve already read that book and can’t remember (for those of you keeping score, yes, I read several descriptions of the Kitty Norville books by Carrie Vaughn before deciding that the next one I needed was Kitty’s Big Trouble).
That said, there are a few things I’m going to be looking for in some of the descriptions for sequels:
- I want a brief idea of the most important thing I need to remember from the previous book(s)
- I want an idea of who the major players (at least protagonists) are going to be in the book
- I want at least some semblance of the plot.
- I want a little bit of salesmanship—I mean, I could have been on the fence about whether I wanted to continue the series or not; please make it sound interesting
(I will not be surprised if I change this list later as I do more of these …)
I think that this description captures all of these criteria (yes, this is biased because I thought of these “criteria” while I was reading the description, but that’s not the point …). I’m reminded that Mercy is now mated and married to Adam. I’m reminded that there’s some political tension brewing. I’m told that Adam is going to disappear (I’m assuming rather mysteriously), and it’s hinted that someone who wasn’t exactly one of Mercy’s friends before would be her ally at some point, which means we may be getting a new showing of an existing character. Oh, and it was well-written and had a good pace to it (I love to read these out loud and see if I have to pause or reread anything).
I’m curious now to take a look at Briggs’ other descriptions and see if she has a particular pattern—I may do this at some point, especially since she has long been one of my favorite authors.
Posted on September 20, 2013, in Description Reviews and tagged books, description reviews, descriptions, fantasy, mercy thompson, paranormal romance, patricia briggs, urban fantasy, vampires, walker, werewolves. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.