Sep 14, 2010

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Review: Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs (Mercedes Thompson #5)

Urban Fantasy
March 30th 2010
342 pages
Penguin Group

Kick Ass Chick – Mercy Thompson
Yummy Man – Adam Hauptman

From Goodreads
“When mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson 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…”

Every time I pick up a “Mercedes Thompson” book by Patricia Briggs, I am so happy I finally got around to reading this series.  It is exceptional.  The world, the characters, the stories…  All Great with a capital ‘G’.  It’s always nice to be following Mercy.  She’s so down to earth and so unassuming.  And it’s nice to see Adam again. *g*To watch how much he cares for his pack.  How much he cares for Mercy. *sigh*

“Silver Borne” is the fifth installment in Patricia Briggs’ ‘must read’ urban fantasy series.  In this book, we’re back with spending time with the fae.  The fae in Mercy’s world scare the crap out of me.  There.  I admit it.  They bring the meaning of heebee-jeebees to a whole ‘nother level!  The rules you need to remember or you could be inadvertently indebted to or screwed over by a member of the fae…*shiver*

Every book in this series is a bit of a ‘whodunit’.  The main part of the plot involves solving a mystery.  In this book however I found the mystery part of the story took a bit of a back seat.  The main focus in “Silver Borne” is Mercy’s inclusion into Adam’s wolf pack, how the pack is dealing with it and how Mercy is dealing with her and Adam’s mate bond. Someone is messing with Mercy’s head, trying to get Adam to break up with her (yes, it is all very high school until you find out the full extent of it…then whoa!)  I’ll just say this:  People who live for a long time don’t like change.

I love books where the author has obviously thought out every single little detail about the world they’ve created.  When the detail is so explicit, you can see every facet and understand every part as much as you would if it were all real.  That is how Patricia writes her werewolves.  And this time around, you really get a good look at the packs internal politics. Even though the situation surrounding your newly acquired knowledge is dire, it is still very interesting to witness what goes down.

The reason I knocked .5 off my rating is because of Sam.  I like Sam.  At least in the first few books, I really liked him.  Then he started with the ‘woe is me and I’m so old and life is kinda sucking’ bit.  And it’s brought to yet another level in this installment.  To the point where, even though it’s all very emotional and I was feeling very worried and sad, I just wanted Sam to hitchhike his way to where ever the hell he wanted as long as it was away from Mercy.  Using fewer words, he’s getting a bit on my nerves.  By the end of the book I didn’t want him to pack his bags anymore, but I think it will take another book for me to truly see if I am a fan of Samuel’s once again.  He does not ruin the story or the momentum or anything like that.  This is still an excellent book and a fantastic installment in the ‘Mercy Thompson’ series.  Don’t get me wrong in any way or form.  I just didn’t enjoy Sam’s part early on in this story.

“Silver Borne” continues Mercy’s (and Adam’s) story very nicely.  I wonder though if there will ever be a book where Adam and Mercy are both healthy and aware for the duration of an entire book and are able to investigate a whole ‘case’ together for once.  That’s something I would enjoy seeing.  Maybe that will happen in “River Marked”, book six, which is due out January 25th 2011.  Not too bad of a wait.

4.5 stars

Giggle worthy quotes

“He slept on the foot of my bed.  When I suggested he might be more comfortable in his room, he regarded e steadily with ice-colored eyes.

Where does a werewolf sleep?  Anywhere he wants to.”


“When it doubt, sound confident – it confuses the guys who are about to wipe the floor with you.”

Books in the ‘Mercedes Thompson’ series –
Moon Called
Blood Bound
Iron Kissed
Bone Crossed
Silver Borne
River Marked (January 2011)

  1. I feel ya on Sam….I thought the resolution to his problems was too abrupt at the end. Otherwise I liked this book. And that one particular scene at the end with Adam. rawr.

  2. Great review!
    I love the Mercedes series too- it’s a MUST read for sure.

    While I didn’t mind Samuel’s funky mood, I did not like his quick unseen, unexpected little wrap up with a neat little bow at the end of this one. I wanted to really see his story unfold in a better storyline than the one he got in this book.

    But like you said, this book is still GREAT and a page turner.



  3. Mandi and Elizabeth – That’s what is was! I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but you guys got it bang on! The neat little, out of nowhere finish to the end of Sam’s issues! It just didn’t fit right! Maybe there should be a novella about Sam so we get a better feel for his new ‘situation’…

  4. I love this series and this book was no exception. My only issue is the same one though, I don’t like how things ended with Sam – too convenient.

    Loved, loved, loved the scene at the end with the wreaths! Also, I missed Stefan in this book.

  5. Ok, I just skimmed because I’m in the middle of reading this book. I do love this series. Glad you liked this one. 🙂

  6. Patti – I missed Stephan too!

    FV – I’m glad you’re reading it too. Now when the next one comes out, we’ll both be caught up 🙂

  7. I completely agree with your review! The Sam thing, and his new “love interest” was just whack for me! It happened SO FAST. Iron Kissed is still my favorite of the series, but P Briggs still keeps bringing it. And the awesome ending, swoon. I love that she has accepted Adam in.

    I really hope Stefan comes back 🙁 AND I NEED MORE WARREN!

  8. Spaz – I like Warren lots, but I’ve never found anyone who actually said it! Woot! 🙂

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