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I Belong


Review: Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

night broken_front mech.inddTitle: Night Broken

Author: Patricia Briggs

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Mercy Thompson (Book #8)

Publication Date: March 11, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 341 Pages

ISBN-10: 042525674X (Ace/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425256749 (Ace/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Steph

Synopsis:

An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

Quick & Dirty: Mercy Thompson has faced many things: enraged vampires, a river devil, and killer fae otters. Nothing has quite prepared her for her next challenge: living with Adam’s ex-wife Christy as the pack attempts to protect her from an out of control stalker.

Opening Sentence: The phone rang while I was elbows deep in sudsy dishwater.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

I was a little apprehensive when starting this book for two reasons: 1) I have friends on Goodreads who became very frustrated at times when reading it, and 2) while I like this series, I don’t adore it like a lot of other people seem to do. Thankfully, despite my reservations, I ended up thoroughly enjoying myself from start to finish.

It’s been a couple months since the events of Frost Burned. Life has settled down for Mercy and Adam. Then, one day, the phone rings. It’s Adam’s ex-wife Christy, and she has a problem: she seems to have acquired a stalker, one who may have killed the most recent guy she was dating. Because Adam is an honorable guy, he of course offers to help and tells Christy to come see them in the Tri-Cities. After Christy arrives and tells her story, it’s obvious she could be in danger, so Adam and Mercy tell her she can stay with them until the stalker is found and arrested.

This of course, presents a problem for Mercy, not only because she’ll be living with Adam’s ex-wife, but also because the pack likes Christy way more than they like her, despite everything Christy’s done. Christy is the type of manipulative person who can easily make people feel sorry for her, and it’s working like a charm as well as putting Mercy in a bad light. As Mercy is trying to deal with this, bodies start piling up, and it begins to become clear that Christy’s stalker is a much bigger threat than anyone realized. To top everything off, a Grey Lord has shown up, wanting the walking stick back. Unfortunately, it’s with Coyote, and Mercy doesn’t know how to contact him. She has a week to get the stick back, or something very bad is going to happen. Will Mercy be able to reach Coyote? Will the pack be able to stop Christy’s stalker? And most importantly, will Christy ever leave Adam and Mercy’s house again?

I really do enjoy Mercy as a heroine. She’s tough, but she knows her limitations and doesn’t go out of her way to act heroically. She just tends to get stuck in situations that leave her with two options: fight or die. That she tends to survive is usually due to a combination of luck and skill, but she’s never cocky about it. I really like that about her. Adam is a great match for her, and they complement each other well. I’ve always loved the dynamic they have together. It’s lessened slightly here due to Christy’s presence, but their bond is still very obvious.

I’ve always had a problem with how the pack treats Mercy. I keep waiting and hoping for the day they all accept her, which honestly, may never come. So I knew Christy’s presence was going to be an added frustration for me due to how the pack feels about her. I definitely was not wrong. There were a number of times where I wanted to reach into the book and slap either Christy or a pack member silly. The way I look at it though, if an author can make me feel that way about a fictional character, she must be doing something right. And that’s not to say that all the pack members act that way. There was one particular person who surprised me in this book, and I’m interested to see how this person’s relationship with Mercy evolves from here.

All in all, this was another solid entry into the Mercy Thompson series. I greatly enjoyed it, but something keeps it from being five stars for me, which is always the case with this series. I really wish I could put my finger on what it is, but so far, it’s eluded me. Still, fans of the series are not going to be disappointed and will be eagerly awaiting book 9.

Notable Scene:

“You brought me out because you wanted my opinion,” I told them. “It could be a werewolf, but if it is, isn’t one of our pack. I don’t think it’s a werewolf. I don’t smell one, but I can’t get close enough to check.

“Why don’t you come over to the other scene,” Tony said.

“They’ve got what they need from it?” He addressed that question to a woman in muddy overalls, and she nodded at him with a sort of studied weariness. “Maybe you can see something we don’t.”

I started to turn away and caught some movement out of the corner of my eye. I looked back over my shoulder and saw a woman kneeling right smack in the middle of the crime scene. Her blond hair was in a professional bun that contrasted with the jeans and tank top she wore. For a surreal moment, I thought it was Christy, and almost asked her what she thought she was doing. Then she moved and broke the illusion. It was just her hair and something in the sweep of her jawline that reminded me of Adam’s ex-wife.

The kneeling woman was petting the severed head of the German shepherd. She looked up, and her eyes met mine, just as Gary Laughingdog’s had. And then I realized what I was looking at and why no one else seemed to notice her. I see ghosts.

“Find the one who did this,” she told me, sternly.

I gave her a little nod, and Willis caught my shoulder.

“What do you see?” he asked. “What made you turn back?”

“Only the dead,” I answered. “And I intend to help them as best I can.”

He wasn’t satisfied, but I thought he knew I was telling the truth.

Mercy Thompson Series:

1. Moon Called

2. Blood Bound

3. Iron Kissed

4. Bone Crossed

5. Silver Borne

6. River Marked

7. Frost Burned

8. Night Broken

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FTC Advisory: Ace/Penguin provided me with a copy of Night Broken. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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