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Review: Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Title: Silence Fallen

Author: Patricia Briggs

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Mercy Thompson (Book #10)

Publication Date: March 7 2017

Format: Hardcover, 371 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425281272 (ACE/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425281277 (ACE/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

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…

Quick & Dirty: Mercy finds herself an unwitting pawn in peoples’ games in this novel with a surprise twist but some repetitiveness drags the book a little bit.

Opening Sentence: I died first, so I made cookies.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The tenth and latest novel in the Mercy Thompson universe, Silence Fallen, takes Mercy out of her playground of the Tri-Cities and shifts her to Europe. This novel is written a bit differently than the previous novels, this novel jumps between Mercy and Adam’s perspectives (Mercy is first person, Adam as a third person perspective) while also dealing with a bit of time jumping. Mercy’s timeline advances faster than Adam’s timeline. I did like that this novel was a bit different than the rest of the series and I totally loved the twist in the end. I did not see that coming. What I didn’t care for was the repetitiveness of the explanations into people and things throughout the series. This could be because I just read the last nine books before this one so it just felt like I was getting the same explanations between Mercy and Adam throughout the book.

Silence Fallen begins with Mercy just finally healed of her wounds from Fire Touched. She’s settling into normal with Adam and her family of werewolves when she is attacked and taken to Milan. The Lord of Night has been informed that Mercy is someone he needs to worry about so he decides to take her and find out why he needs to be worried about her. Meanwhile, Adam is on the hunt for whomever took Mercy and his wolf isn’t happy. Adam gathers a team together in order to get Mercy back safely.

There are two main stories at play. At the start of the book, Patricia does warn the readers that the book is told a bit out of order and that you must pay attention to what Mercy says at the beginning of each chapter in order to know where it is in the timeline of events. The timeline does take a little bit before it gets out of whack. Mercy’s part of the book sends her eventually to Prague. I loved reading the detail of the city and even parts of its history. Mercy’s parts are almost pure exposition since she’s mostly on her own although she does have a few conversations with people along the way. Adam’s timeline deals with diplomacy so there is a lot of power play games going on along with some shady conversations. I felt Adam’s story was a bit slow at times but I still liked reading from his perspective because I loved the team Adam put together. I really hope to see more of the Goblin King in future books!

I really have enjoyed all the Mercy Thompson novels that I have read and this one was no exception. I really love how the series and characters expand as the series goes on and how you really don’t know much about anyone. Silence Fallen revealed even more information about certain characters that just kept me hooked. I will say that this novel doesn’t really deal too much with the fae side of things i.e. Tad or Zee but more with the vampires and werewolves. It also gives insight as to how the old-world vampires and werewolves rule as compared to Adam. The Lord of Night (Master of Milan) has been mentioned quite a few times in the past books and it was nice to finally see him on the page. This novel really made me think about who actually pulls Mercy’s strings because almost everything she is doing is because someone else has already planned her being there. Thanks Coyote!

Overall, Silence Fallen was another great installment in this series that I highly recommend. This novel could be read as a standalone, if you want, but I wouldn’t recommend it. This series needs to be read as a whole in order to fully understand the characters actions and involvement. Plus, the twist at the end just made this whole book worth it!

Notable Scene:

“Leave her be,” said Stefan. “She’s checking for magic. Bonarata has a few witches in his employ, had a very good witch at one time, and, according to rumor, a fae half-blood. There are a lot of things a witch could do to us without breaking guesting laws. I don’t have to tell you to clean your hairbrushes and burn the stray hairs, do I?”

“Standard stuff,” grumbled Larry amiably. “Trimmed toenails get eaten, I know.”

Honey made a sound, and the goblin flashed a grin at her. “Of course you can flush them if you’d like. I prefer to the certain. Witches are bitches and they’ll burn your britches sure as kittens have itches if you give’em half a chance.”

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

9. Fire Touched

10. Silence Fallen

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

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