Friday, April 14, 2017

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

From Berkley Publishing Group (Ace):

In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy's bond with the pack—and her mate—is broken, she'll learn what it truly means to be alone...
Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes—only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe... 
Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise...

Source:  Advanced e-copy in exchange for an honest review.  

I've seen these Patricia Briggs books pop-up in my recommended reading lists for years because I love books like the Chicagoland Vampire Series by Chloe Neill, but like you I have a never-ending TBR pile, plus books to review, a social life I attempt on occasion, family, friends, and a demanding career, so I saw them, but I didn't really see them, if you get my drift.  Then one day I was looking for something paranormal to read during some unexpected down time and I happened to walk by Moon Called in the library.  I was back to the library the next day to get the next four books in the series... and a few days after that to get the next four.  Needless to say, I fell in love with Mercy Thompson and her rag-tag crew of miscreants.  What took me so long to read these?!  I was definitely missing out.  And if you haven't read the Mercy Thompson series, you are missing out too.  

There's so much to love in the Mercy Thompson series.  Mercy is half Native American, married to an Alpha werewolf, friends with fae and vampires alike.  There's a lot of diversity in this series.  I like that the heroine is Native American, that one of her best friends is gay, that the werewolves come from all different backgrounds and ethnicities, as do the vampires.  Mostly I like that Mercy is a grown ass woman capable of being in love with an Alpha werewolf and telling him to go to hell when he becomes too over-protective or overbearing.  That while Mercy often has help in surviving her adventures, she's not helpless.  In fact, she's probably the most capable of all the badass supernaturals she deals with.  She's able to admit when she needs assistance and accept that assistance, but is never the damsel in distress in need of saving.  More often than not, she's the one saving all these super beings and the big strong men.  Mercy is a heroine we can look up to and admire (even while we envy her being surrounded by all these gorgeous super beings).  

Silence Fallen is book 10 of the series and finds Mercy and Adam separated by an ocean and new enemies.  While no one knows better than Adam that Mercy can handle herself, he is understandably worried to discover she's being held by the Lord of the Night.  While he launches a rescue mission, Mercy, being Mercy, escapes.  And that is just where the fun begins.  

You would think that a series would begin to feel repetitive or too over the top ten books in, but Silence Fallen was fresh and interesting.  A bumpy, yet fabulous ride for the reader as Mercy gets into her own unique brand of trouble and finds new and thoroughly entertaining ways of surviving.  And when you get to the end of Silence Fallen, email me or send a message on Facebook or twitter, because I love the symbolism of this ending so much (at least what it symbolizes to me) and need people to discuss it with since my fellow BiblioJunkies don't love paranormal and urban fantasy like I do and I can't spoil anything for you!

Of course, now I'm sad that I'm all caught up and the next book likely won't be out until next year.  Why do you torture me so?!  I guess I have to go back and re-read them all!

~ Shel

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