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Night Broken (A Mercy Thompson Novel) Mass Market Paperback – January 27, 2015
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“A tightly woven story...Night Broken moves at a blistering pace, moving from action-packed scene to action-packed scene with Briggs’s traditional strong writing and knack for dialogue.”—SF Site
More Praise for the Mercy Thompson Novels
“I love these books.”—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“An excellent read with plenty of twists and turns…It left me wanting more.”—Kim Harrison, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“The best new urban fantasy series I’ve read in years.”—Kelley Armstrong, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“In the increasingly crowded field of kick-ass supernatural heroines, Mercy stands out as one of the best.”—Locus
“Action-packed and with more than a few satisfying emotional payoffs...Patricia Briggs at the top of her game.”—The Speculative Herald
“The characters are all realistic and vibrant.”—The Independent
“These are fantastic adventures, and Mercy reigns.”—SFRevu
“The world building is incredibly lush and subsuming...a fantastic urban fantasy adventure.”—Fresh Fiction
“Outstanding.”—Charles de Lint, Fantasy & Science Fiction
About the Author
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425256278
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425256275
- Product Dimensions : 4.25 x 0.82 x 6.81 inches
- Publisher : Ace; Reprint Edition (January 27, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #115,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1. The constant need for Mercy to involve herself in near disasters.
I realize that she’s unwittingly drawn into some of them, but others she plain old dives head first into without any thought for her safety. She's been physically damaged so many times that it is hard to believe she isn't a walking body of scar tissue.
2. In this book, Night Broken, the high school "mean girl" antics of ex-wife Christy.
Christy is always described as "pretty" so I guess that makes her nastiness acceptable. She shows up unannounced at Mercy’s doorstep and goes full-tilt at trying to damage all of Mercy’s relationships. Sometimes it becomes a little too much to take and at times looks as if she’s succeeding. I find it difficult to believe that any woman (or man for that matter) would allow an ex-anyone to abuse them and their home in this way.
Christy, took over Mercy's kitchen, ordered everyone around, put her toiletries in Mercy and Mercy’s husbands bathroom, connived to engender sympathy from and alienation towards Mercy from the pack; says pretty much whatever she wants to say to Mercy and to husband Adam while constantly whining that everything is always someone else's fault. No one comes to Mercy's defense, including Mercy herself (who keeps justifying her lack of defense by saying she doesn’t want to sound jealous and petty). The only person who attempts to support Mercy is Jesse ( the teenaged step-daughter). Warren and Ben make a couple of supportive comments. However, they mostly remain silent letting Mercy and sometime Adam take hit after hit from the verbal assaults of the "pretty" ex-wife.
Ms Briggs did a lot of justifying as to why stalwart, take no prisoners Mercy would tolerate this kind of behavior. After a while, however, it just became excessive. I'm a woman and as much as I acknowledge that women have been abused (and continue to be), it doesn't make it acceptable for another woman to step into the role as the abuser and/or take advantage of another woman- especially in that woman’s own home.
Eventually, there was some minor attempt at giving Christy her due, but other readers will have to decide whether it was enough.
Most of the books prior to this we could see more movement in the overall world and politics between the supernatural beings in it. Not so much here. There are glimpses, moments where we realize and find out that stuff is still moving along, and maybe not to the best of places, but for the most part this book focuses on Adam and Mercy’s Pack. That doesn’t mean it’s slow though. I think back to my experience reading it, and I realize that Mercy spends a lot of time trying to get away from Christy, but that doesn’t mean there’s a lot of downtime. We’re moving from one revelation to the next, learning more about some characters – with a few surprising me hugely – along the way.
I don’t want to rant anymore, like I did when I first finished this book, but I still do hope that Christy goes away and never returns. She’s the most selfish, self-absorbed, horrible woman. I also really hope that someone puts the effing Pack in their place. The lack of respect that they show Mercy is absolutely ridiculous. Time and time again she’s put her neck out on the line for them. Time and time again she’s never left them hanging, or in danger. She’s never backed down from a fight – even when she didn’t think she could win. And how do they repay her? With betrayal and snide comments. EFF that. I am so pissed at (most of) them. There are a couple of notable exceptions, and I couldn’t love these four more. I want to gather them all into my arms and give them huge hugs for being decent, caring human beings….or werewolves.
I found the mystery pretty interesting – not because there was a huge mystery, I don’t think, but because it was so different! And there are some downright amazing things that happen because of it. I can’t wait to see the consequences of some of the choices that were made here.
I think that most fans of the series will hate the main aspect of the book – Christy trying to worm her way back into Adam’s, and the pack’s, life – and I can’t blame them. I hate it, too. A lot. But what I can say is that Adam makes it bearable. Those four other characters gave me hope to hold onto. Also, Mercy’s a better person than I. I’m not sure I would have taken Christy’s jabs with such grace. I get why she did – because of Jesse – but, man. That took some serious strength.
I love this book. Now if Christy would just die, I’d be a happy woman. Or I, at least, hope the Pack gets an awesome set-down in the next book, Fire Touched….and that Christy goes back to Eugene.
Plus I just don't get how the hell the pack can stand by Christy when everyone knows how she has always treated Jesse and Adam. If Christy stays in town I'm not sure I will even read the next book as much as I love the rest of the characters.
Top reviews from other countries
The joy of getting to this volume in the series is that the author doesn't just tell the same story over and over again but she has actually developed her characters through their experiences in previous volumes and we see that in the way that they react to each other and the events of this book. This means that it is probably best if you have read some or all of the previous books as you will understand many of the nuances better than if this is your first exposure to the series. I have read all the previous books and the Alpha/Omega series too and it really added to my enjoyment of this book as there are fleeting references to all sorts of previous events which add real depth to the story (there is also a delightful passing reference to Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden novels which nearly made me laugh out loud).
The core of the book is Christy's return, the effect that it has on Mercy's relationships with the pack, and the problems that she brings with her. The author creates a fascinating adversary for Mercy in a god from the Canary Islands. There are other sub-plots too which are neatly interwoven with the main story and which leave lots of new story lines to be explored (hopefully) in future volumes; these include a fellow walker for Mercy to get to know, an unexpected discovery about Stefan the vampire, trouble for Tad with the fae, a secret government agency which has nefarious designs on werewolves, a new submissive werewolf for the pack with his secrets, a new member of the pack who is not a werewolf, and a difficulty with the ownership of the magic walking stick. I am really looking forward to seeing what the author does in the future with some of this material.
The book is told all the way through in the first person from Mercy's point of view and is full of her wry observations about other people and her sarcastic wit. There are some very funny moments, some very scary ones, and some tender scenes. In all, this is a captivating read - I was gripped all the way through up to the very sudden, but effective, ending. It is going to be very difficult to wait for the next installment.
Night Broken is #8 in the Mercy Thompson series of urban fantasy novels. If you have read the previous seven books then the main characters need no introduction. If you haven't read them I highly recommend you go read the first book in the series, Moon Called, as Night Broken is not really a stand alone novel.
Night Broken is about Mercy's 'ex-wife in-law' Christy calling and saying she fell for a guy who's now stalking her and killing people, basically, she needs help. Mercy offers the woman sanctuary at her and Adam's home.
Whilst dealing with the manipulative ex living in her home is going on in the background we have Mercy trying to deal with Christy's homicidal stalker, an investigation into the local brutal murders plus a personal request from a powerful fae.
I enjoyed the story and the action, which as usual was excellent, but I felt Night Broken was more focused on relationships. Not only the romantic ones but all relationships between several characters in this series. I normally tend to get frustrated with romantic writings within urban fantasy. However, I found the small tender moments between Adam and Mercy to be some of the highlights of the book.
The ending felt slightly abrupt to me I had to check a couple of times to see if I had missed a few pages or an epilogue. The main story was wrapped up but there were many sub-plots left open which I am sure will be investigated later.
Overall, an essential read for all fans of Mercy Thompson.
Mercy is in the physical and emotional wars yet again, this time battling stalkers, secret agents and (walking) sticks, never mind psycho serial killers who are magic and monstrous.
Tensions are high as Christy tries to win all of the werewolves over and set them against Mercy, whilst she tries to assert her dominance as alpha mate without being heavy handed.
I blitzed through this one, enjoying the banter, the romance, the comedy, the ongoing mystery and the violent battles.
And at the very last cliffhanger - oh boy, I can’t wait to read the next one.
I love the way these tales centre around the shape changer world yet give quality page time to the wider supernatural world: vampires, witches, fae and even those pesky humans.
I also love the perfect balance, for me, Ms Briggs has when writing sex scenes. No graphics, no Mills & Boon, just enough to fuel the imagination.
The whole series is excellent stuff.