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Review: Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

Title: Silver Borne

Author: Patricia Briggs

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Mercy Thompson (Book #5)

Publication Date: January 25, 2011

Format: Paperback, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 044101996X (ACE/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0441019960 (ACE/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

Mercy is smart enough to realize that when it comes to the magical Fae, the less you know, the better. But you can’t always get what you want. When she attempts to return a powerful Fae book she’d previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.

It seems the book contains secret knowledge—and the Fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn’t take enough of Mercy’s attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side—leaving Mercy to cover for him, lest his own father declare Sam’s life forfeit.

All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn’t careful, she might not have many more to live..

Quick & Dirty: Someone is messing with Mercy, Sam is having problems, and there is a missing Fae…

Opening SentenceThe starter complained as it turned over the old Buick’s heavy engine.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Mercy is helping Gabriel fix his mother’s car when a call from Tad asking her to check on Phin comes through.  When she stops by his place she meets a weird new neighbor that is fae that makes her think something else is going on. She sets aside her feelings for the moment because she has a date with Adam, but while out with him Mercy starts feeling a little strange and when they get into a fight instead of raging at him like normal she says nothing. It’s not until later that she realizes someone is messing with them.

She doesn’t get that far into figuring out why Phin is missing or who is messing with her through the pack bond when Sam calls her and asks her to pick him up from the hospital. When the nurse explains what happened she knows that Sam tried to kill himself, but when she goes to collect him she realizes instantly that his wolf is in charge. She decides to hide it and uses the fight the night before to keep Sam away from Adam.

When her house explodes while she and Sam are out, Mercy knows that what Phin gave her is causing a lot of problems. Adam is hurt badly when he attempts to rescue Mercy from the fire, and this allows Mercy to uncover who is behind undermining her in the pack.  Then she gets a call from a Fae informing her that she has Gabriel and Mercy needs to bring her the item. This is all spinning out of control. Will Mercy be able to figure out who is causing problems for her and Adam? Will she figure out who has taken Gabriel and Phin? Will she be able to bring Sam back?

This book has so much going on, and our favorite walking stick continues to play a pivotal role in the books. My only minor complaint is that Sam seems to be completely out of character in this book, now that being said, I do like the part he plays in this. It is important and I love how he comes around. I love that this book finally really puts Mercy and Adam’s relationship on solid ground. They know where they stand with each other and what they are willing to do for each other and it’s a beautiful thing.

I also really love to see how the pack and several characters really interact and grow due to Mercy’s influence and the fact that Warren and Adam genuinely care for the members of the pack. The fae continue to expose how kick butt and deadly they are and I love how the walking stick seems to really care about Mercy and constantly shows up to help her or have others help her. I love this series, it just gets better and better as it goes on.

Notable Scene:

Alone in my head, it was easy to look back and see how it had happened–a nudge here, a push there, I would do a great deal to keep Adam from being hurt, but not endanger an innocent- and I have never in my life given anyone the silent treatment. Anyone who offends me deserves to hear exactly how they trespassed–or needs to be lulled into a false sense of security before the sneak attack when they aren’t paying attention. But silence had been Adam’s ex-wife’s weapon of choice.

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

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

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