Thursday, March 15, 2012

Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson #5) by Patricia Briggs

Being a mechanic is hard work. Mercy Thompson, for instance, just spent the last couple of months trying to evade the murderous queen of the local vampire seethe, and now the leader of the werewolf pack - who's maybe-more-than-just-a-friend - has asked for her help. A book of fae secrets has come to light and they're all about to find out how implacable - and dangerous - the fae can be. OK, so maybe her troubles have nothing to do with the job. But she sure could use a holiday .(synopsis from Goodreads)

Silver Borne is the fifth novel in the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. I love this series and shape-shifting protagonist Mercy. She is so tough, a real tomboy with a heart that is ten sizes too big. The world Briggs has created and the characters in it are wonderful, and I find myself delighted every time I return.

When Zee’s son calls, concerned that he can’t reach Phim, Mercy heads to his apartment to find he has been missing a few days. Phim is the book seller who lent Mercy a book on Fae fairytales in the last novel. Instinct tells her something is off, but she can’t be late for her date with Adam.  Mercy has been healing and her relationship with her bonded mate Adam has been going well.  On their date, he talks about setting a marriage date. Mercy knowing that some of the pack still resent her because of the problems she has caused them and hesitates. Adam gives her a month. While bowling, thoughts enter Mercy’s mind and she does something out of character. This causes her to fight with Adam. On the way home, she realizes someone was in her head influencing her…someone from the pack.  Exhausted and upset with herself, she tries to get some sleep. She is awoken by a distressed phone call from Sam, “Come get me I am in the x-ray closet.”  The tale that unfolds is fast paced, filled with danger, and finds Mercy in the middle of it.

As much as I love Mercy and admire her fearless kick-ass attitude, I would not want to be her ( even though Adam is yummy). She can never catch a break, or even have a nice uneventful date with Adam. We see some more growth in her, as she comes to terms with letting someone in, the rough thick walls she has built around her heart.  Adam is as always, swoon worthy. His pack is in trouble, he is pushed and challenged in this novel, and almost loses everything.  I love the way he declares Mercy, “mine”. Sam is facing great challenges in this novel, and although he is in almost every scene, and his story is central to the novel, I still don’t feel I know him any better. He is so complex, and like Mercy, his heart is too large. We learn about some of his past, when they encounter a Fae who knew him.  Briggs had my emotions all over the place with the events that occur with Sam.  We get to know a little more of the pack and their pecking order. My feelings for Mary Jo wavered from hate to tenderness, as Mercy begins to understand where all of Mary Jo’s anger is coming from.  We meet more Fae and not all of them are as wonderful as Zee. 

Brigg’s depiction of the fairy queen’s Elphame was fascinating and I could have read a whole book devoted to it. It was magical and the hierarchy of those she ruled was interesting and eerie. I absolutely loved how the Marrok showed and explained the bond a pack has to each other. Briggs' imagination astounds me. As always, Briggs brings lots of action, explosions, guns, blood and death to the tale. The romance between Adam and Mercy - all I have to say is, ooh-la-la! For my more delicate readers never fear, Briggs is discreet and while it was hot, it was all implied.  I consumed this in under three hours and loved every minute of it.  I highly recommend this series to fans of urban fantasy. Silver Borne and the entire Mercy Thompson series are available in paper, eBook and audio formats.  Next month I will bring you my review of book six, River Mark.

Cover: While I am not a fan of tattoo’s I like the softer look of this cover.

I gave this novel 4 coffee cups out of 5. 

Author's website:Patricia Briggs

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At March 15, 2012 at 2:13 PM , Blogger Maja said...

This is my favorite cover of the series. It really looks amazing. I'm still undecided about my favorite book, though. I just finished the third Alpha and Omega book and I think that Briggs outdid her self with that one.

That eye candy scene was totally awesome, right? I loved how he said: 'Mine. Mine is what she is.' *swoons*

Awesome review, Kimba! I can't wait for you to read River Marked, even though it's maybe my least favorite of the series.
Maja @ The Nocturnal Library

At March 15, 2012 at 2:19 PM , Blogger Lady Jaye said...

You caught up fast, Kimba! :d

Maha, I am reading River Marked now, and I think it's definitely my lest favorite too, along with Moon Called.

At March 15, 2012 at 7:17 PM , Anonymous Jess @ The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow said...

The cover is really intriguing! Thanks for the review : )

At March 15, 2012 at 7:57 PM , Blogger Book Slave said...

Hi there :) just popping in from Goodreads... You have a great blog :)

I haven't read any of this series, but I hear great things about it. Thanks for the great review.

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At March 15, 2012 at 8:20 PM , Blogger Kate said...

I really like this one. Sam's story is so heartbreaking, but I love the way things end up here. And it's so great to see Mercy finally find her feet again and stop running from things. Great review! Can't wait to see what you think of River Marked.

Also, I really hate how the woman on the cover has so many tattoos. Doesn't Mercy only have the one???

At March 15, 2012 at 9:44 PM , Blogger Lupdilup said...

I've enjoyed every book in this series, I'm glad you are enjoying it too, Patricia Briggs writes such real and down to earth characters, and I just love them.

At March 15, 2012 at 9:56 PM , Blogger books4me said...

I love the Mercy Thompson series but am a few books behind. After reading this review, I realize that I need to figure out what book I finished so I can continue the series. I have enjoyed Patricia Briggs' series a lot and this review has convinced me to continue reading it!

At March 15, 2012 at 11:58 PM , Blogger Cheles Bells said...

Great review! I'm really excited about reading some of Patricia Briggs' work! Thanks for the review!

At March 16, 2012 at 7:22 AM , Blogger Heather (ShoeGirl) said...

I have been wanting to start this series for some time now! MUST get it onto my "TBR"!

At March 16, 2012 at 1:43 PM , Blogger Sam said...

I have read all of this series, and River Marked is just as suspenseful. This is an awesome review, but I wonder why you have never given any of her books a 5? I am just curious as to what is lacking

At March 16, 2012 at 2:30 PM , Blogger Sophia said...

Ooh, glad to hear you liked it! This series definitely sounds very fascinating and I'm happy to hear that you love it. Hopefully, you'll love the rest of the series just as much (or even more)!


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