Review: “Silence Fallen” by Patricia Briggs

Review of Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

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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Review: “Fire Touched” (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

 A review by Amanda.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to review the newest book in her Mercy Thompson series. This review may contain spoilers, but only from previous books in the series.

Our favorite coyote shapeshifter was in dire straits when we last saw her. Having just barely survived the volcano god, Guayota, Mercy has taken some much-needed time for rest and recuperation. Her precious shop has been destroyed, no one has heard from Tad or Zee since they were forced back to Fairy, and Adam’s ex-wife still hasn’t left for Oregon, but otherwise life in the Tri-Cities has been relatively mellow. When a troll – a destructive, not-too-bright, King-Kong sized fae creature – is set loose on a bridge in their territory, it’s business as usual. Except, the troll turns out to be the least of their worries. Someone has escaped from Underhill and the Gray Lords are willing to start a war with the human race to get him back.

Aiden appears to be a ten-year old boy, but he was trapped in Underhill for a long, long time. His time there has altered him irreversibly, giving him the power to conjure fire, as well as aging his mind, but not his body. Jealous of the power given to him and a few other children by Underhill, the fae have captured and tortured the others, ostensibly to find the source of their abilities. Aiden is the only one left. With the help of a few familiar faces, he has escaped from the fae and is seeking asylum with Mercy and the pack. Can Mercy and Adam help their allies and avert a devastating war at the same time?

After the chaos of the last book, this had a nice, light-hearted start to it. The humor and snark that we all know and love was back in full force. Mercy and Adam’s relationship continued to prove that art can imitate real life, and do it well, by shining a spotlight on the everyday cracks and insecurities that every couple experiences, but media rarely shows. They fight, they compromise, and they sometimes struggle to communicate. It’s refreshing to see some normalcy in the midst of all of the supernatural. Don’t be fooled, however, into thinking that there will be any less action and intrigue in this story! Mysteries abound, new characters will surprise you, and familiar faces create uncertainty. Fans of the series will not be disappointed; the ninth book pops and sizzles just as much as the first, and I expect the series to do so for as long as it continues.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

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