A review by Niraja.
After a nearly fatal accident, Mercy finds herself kidnapped by a powerful vampire who sought to use her in a plot against the Tri-cities. Mercy escapes in her coyote form, only to discover she is alone in Europe without money, clothing, or a passport. Unable to rely on her mate or pack bonds to contact Adam and the pack, Mercy must use her wits to discover who she can trust as allies and who are the enemies she must fight, while simultaneously trying to prevent outright war between vampires and werewolves. As if that wasn’t enough to handle, ghosts stir and an old power awakens in the heart of Prague…
Silence Fallen is the 11th book in the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. I awaited it’s release with baited breath and am pleased to report I was not disappointed. Yet again, Patty delivered an exciting plot and well developed believable characters that we love (or love to hate).
Mercy shines as our heroine as she uses her wit and resourcefulness to get herself out of, and back into, sticky situations. True to form Mercedes faces her situation with inner strength and determination. As a result, she is both impressing and bewildering werewolves and vampires alike as they find her more than what she appears to be. Once again Patty weaves elements from past books into Silence Fallen. I appreciate this element of her writing because not only does this strengthen the continuity of her stories, it also makes her characters feel real. As in her other books, Silence fallen had moments where I was cheering the characters on, feeling sympathy, getting anxious, laughing out loud, and happily feeling warm and content.
This book differs from previous books in the series as it has several chapters from Adam’s point of view as he struggles with factors surrounding Mercy’s kidnapping and as he plots to recover her. I enjoyed these chapters immensely as they not only grant insight into Adam’s emotions and thought processes but also show some of our favorite supporting characters from a different perspective. Patty also throws in a small surprise twist at the end to which there are cleverly subtle clues, discoverable in hindsight (and a thorough reread of certain scenes).
Overall the book felt comfortingly familiar and yet held refreshing changes. I was engaged in the story and felt connected to the characters. If you are a fan of the Mercy Thompson series, Silence Fallen will not disappoint.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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