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Silver Borne


T 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 Samuel's life forfeitAll in all Mercy has had better days And if she isn't careful she may not have ma. February 2018 Reread Buddy read with Sarah and EricaFebruary 2017 Re readJanuary 2016 Re read Buddy read with SarahThis is probably one of my favorite books in the series I always love the ones that deal with the fae a little bit than the others And this one definitely has the fae in spades Beyond that we really get to delve into the issues that Adam's been having in his Pack I like that things don't magically get better but that it takes work and figuring out the problem to get to a solution Samuel What can I say about Samuel He breaks my heart in this book I didn't always love him but I always wanted him around He wasn't for Mercy but he was an amazing person and wolf I still cry when I read a great many of Sam's storyline in this bookMy one complaint and overall it's fairly minor and probably something we just didn't see the conseuences of is view spoilerher taking Jesse into Elphame And then the fact that it was never brought up again Adam never mentioned it Yes Jesse was ultimately safe but Mercy knew before taking her in that she was putting Jesse at risk And I hate that it's never ever mentioned or anything hide spoiler

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Mercy Thompson car mechanic and shapeshifter never knows what the day or night may bring in a world where witches vampires werewolves and shapeshifters live beside ordinary people Booklist But she is about to learn that while some secrets are dangerous whose who seek them are just plain deadlyMercy is smart enough. I don't recommend doing what Naomi and I did which is read through the Mercy Thompson books back to back It becomes reasonably clear that the reader is getting roughly the same story with different covers I've spent a lot of time considering this; the series has many ardent fans and I used to be among them I think it all depends on what one enjoys in a story and how tolerant one is of repetition I'd rate my tolerance somewhere in the middle but only until the tipping point occurs either through saturation or through pet peeve I think series like this are best enjoyed exactly as they occur published one at a time a year in between Then the repeated explanations and summaries don't irritate they only recall taking on the cadence of storytelling when the reader slips into the story world with the beginning long long ago and far far awayDespite a reliance on folklore and fairy tales the Mercy Thompson series is and remains a sanitized muted version of those grim worlds The slavering wolf can actually control themselves if they are old and really powerful The strange fae will probably help you if you amuse or respect them but even the bad ones won't trap you for years until your family has died off All you have to remember is no thanking There are scary vampires but there's also one that wears t shirts and watches movies and a sheep necklace can protect you None of the wolves go crazy despite freuent assertions that it can happen No one except bad guys are ripped apart Marsilia repents her actions The fae victims are let go The misguided humans are coached Almost everyone gets a chance to redeem themselves There's very little true evil No one even swears I note it because while it is one of the things I enjoy that sense of ultimate goodness and happy endings I also believe it explains part of the series' popularity Unfortunately familiarity also enables recognition of faults and there are uite a few The overall series arc lacks a sense of coherency After reading through a number of the Briggs' family posts its clear that the series expanded to accommodate popularity and not out of an internal sense of story progression The first was written; Blood Bound came about because the first did well followed by a surprise contract to buy three books I'd contrast this with another favorite Ilona Andrews who had a clear arc for a seven book series and a sense of where it was headed in both story and emotion The plotting to date in Mercy has been roughly the same for each book someone is imprisoned With Mercy's special powers the group will save the day This is true in Moon Called Adam Blood Bound Stefen etc Iron Kissed Zee Bone Crossed Mercy and Silver Bourne spoilerMercy The emotional plotting is also startlingly similar Mercy will have trouble trusting her affection for Adam After mistrusting him when she should not have he will still support her and she will vow to trust him At the same time one of the powerful people she loves is willing to sacrificesuicide Binge reading also draws attention to a narrative containing a lot of telling without showing Mercy will have asides in every book telling about her history the fae reservation werewolves the wolves' coming out and her relationships with Samuel and Adam Usually she will also explain Zee and the Grey Lords and Stefen and the seethe I think this is generally forgivable to many readers as the familiarity echos the storytelling tradition and the ritual of description but again distance makes the heart grow fonderBut those are mostly academic issues What I've found less personally enjoyable and perhaps even less forgivable are the roles women have in the series Which is very little Mercy operates in a man's world both figuratively and literally Mercy herself demonstrates no particular direct agency; all of the plots start with her reacting to an event that happens to her genuine unsuspecting little self The reader is uickly introduced to the idea that women associated with werewolf packs 'hate' Mercy and that becomes an ongoing theme through the series Even human women dislike Mercy as Gabriel's mom Sylvia does The exception to agency is Blood Bound where the evil and conniving Marsilia engineers an elaborate trap although clearly she still hates Mercy I realized that even side characters are almost universally male with the exception of a couple of inscrutable fae The only exceptions being Mercy's mom who is never than a whirlwind in and out of the scene and Adam's daughter Jesse I found it disappointing particularly from a female author with girls of her own Silver Bourne was the gestalt for me highlighting all the redundancies It comes as no surprise then that a book lent to Mercy by a bookstore owner male may have other properties and that the werewolves in the pack are still trying to break Adam and Mercy up Samuel is sick at heart and only his wolf saves him and now Mercy must save his wolf Mercy's home is targeted Someone is kidnapped and Mercy must save them and Adam endures several challenges Samuel's depression plot was solved very easily and tritely by L U V which I thought disappointing after the complicated emotional fallout of the rape back in Iron Kissed It was the last book of the series I bought back in the day when I was silly enough to still auto buy authors Three and a half redundancies rounding down because that's what I did last time


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 she previously borrowed in an act of desperation she finds the bookstore locked up and closed downIt seems the book contains secrets and the fae will do jus. 35 stars This was a decent book as part of the ongoing Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series and worth reading for those who are already into this series but not one of my favorites in this series It combines two or three plotlinesFirst we have Mercy's ongoing issues with her failure to be fully accepted by her mate Adam's werewolf pack which become Adam's issues This leads to some insurrection in the ranks and a series of mixed martial arts fights for position and rank in the pack including that of the Alpha The disclosure of the conspiracy and the martial arts fights were interesting reading Briggs said she worked with her husband to write the fight scenes in as authentic a way as possible and it shows Unfortunately this continuing plot about the pack's issues with Mercy has passed its Sell By date for my money We're kind of treading water here nowSecond there's the Silver Borne artifact plot A special book was loaned to Mercy by a bookstore owner in a previous book and when she tries to return it the bookstore is closed the owner is missing and Mercy is worried about him This ties into the third plotline a personal crisis that Mercy's old friend Samuel is having He's at the end of his rope emotionally and his wolf Sam the werewolf half of his personality takes over their body to prevent a crisis but that's only a temporary solution So Mercy has three problems all of which are hitting the boiling pointMy favorite part of the book was the SamSamuel part; the werewolf politicking and fighting would have been fun if it were fresh The Silver Borne artifact part of the plot wasn't at all memorable

  • Hardcover
  • 342
  • Silver Borne
  • Patricia Briggs
  • English
  • 23 December 2018
  • 9780441018192

About the Author: Patricia Briggs

Librarian Note There is than one author in the Goodreads database with this namePatricia Briggs was born in Butte Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses and later developed an interest in folklore and history When she decided to write a book of her own a fantasy book seemed a n