by Patricia Briggs
Title: Silence Fallen
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #10
Pages: 352 pages
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Blurb: In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy’s bond with the pack and her mate is broken, she’ll learn what it truly means to be alone…
Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe…
Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise…
Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series has been a favorite of mine for several years, and by book 10 (10!!!) these characters are like old friends. I love paranormal stories, and Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thomson series is one of the best. She had my attention at the first line:
“I died first, so I made cookies.”
As always, when I really enjoy a book, my thoughts are all over the place, so please forgive me if I jump around 🙂 I’m not going to recap the story as the blurb is easily readable on the left sidebar.
Let me start by saying that Silence Fallen was just what the doctor ordered. I’m still stuck in a months-long reading slump, but, luckily, to come back into Mercy’s world is always a pleasure. Mercy is, in a way, a “self-rescuing princess”, and she is a fabulous character. I know, I know, “princess” isn’t usually a word you’d associate with Mercy Thompson, but, her relationship to Bran kind of allows the title to fit, however loosely. And in Silence Fallen, “self-rescuing” is spot on: from the moment she is taken, Mercy uses her smarts and strengths to escape, over and over again.
One of the great things about having a long-running series is that, if the author is good (and Patricia Briggs definitely is), you’ll get characters who are really fleshed out and dynamic, even if they’re not the hero/heroine. It was an unexpected treat to get to know more about the witch Elizavetta, and I also enjoyed getting to meet the European vampires and werewolves and to learn more about the way they operate.
There are a lot of politics playing out in Silence Fallen, and while he’s stuck dealing with his European “hosts”, Adam’s annoyance is tangible, and his devotion to Mercy is evident in every line of his anger and frustration. Something unusual this time around is that Ms. Briggs gives us both Mercy and Adam’s point of view. Also, the story is not told in a linear style, there is some time overlap between tellings that make the reader go “Oh – so that’s why that happened!” It’s important to read the notes at the beginning of each chapter, as they help the reader to be aware of what’s going on in the chapter and what to watch for.
In Silence Fallen an unlikely source helps Mercy realize who she is as a coyote and I think that in the future we may learn more about her resistance to vampire suggestion – a lot more. I’m wondering how Stephan is going to feel about that?
So, a lot going on in a short period of time…We briefly step away from the Adam/Mercy relationship dynamic and gain some interesting knowledge about the supes in Mercy’s world, and I loved it.
“I promised, he told me. I promised not to tug on the leash. I promised. Don’t hurt yourself so. I keep my promises, Mercy.”
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Silence Fallen by Patricia BriggsSeries: Mercy Thompson #10
on March 7, 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
Also in this series: Fire Touched
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