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Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, Book 5) Mass Market Paperback – January 25, 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
Coyote-shifting garage mechanic Mercedes Thompson, now mated to Adam, the Alpha of the local werewolf pack, embarks on her exciting fifth dark fantasy adventure (after 2009's bestselling Bone Crossed). Three subplots—Mercy's attempt to return a magical book to a fae friend-of-a-friend, her difficulties integrating into Adam's pack, and her roommate Samuel's misery over being a lone Alpha—come together seamlessly, and excitement builds as Mercy and her loved ones go through ever more intense experiences, including a house fire, a suicide attempt, a death sentence, and a reunion between long-ago loves. Briggs creates both well-rounded characters and a complex mythology, resulting in a rich read that's far more than a series of action adventures strung together. Fans of the series will be thrilled; new readers should start at the beginning or risk drowning in the immersive world-building. 6-city author tour. (Apr.)
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The fifth Mercy Thompson yarn has the garage mechanic-to-coyote shape-shifter, who could use a little relaxation after whacking all those vampires in Bone Crossed (2009), up to her armpits in romantic and supernatural trouble. Her housemate Sam, a lone werewolf, has developed suicidal depression from the conflict of his two natures. Mercy herself is still working out the relationship with Adam, her bonded mate and the leader of a werewolf pack, which has been put in the danger posed by a jealous female werewolf. Then Mercy gets a call asking her to check on a comrade who may have gone missing. The Fae may be involved. Ai-yi-yi. There’s a lot going on in Silver Borne, but its pacing is practically perfect as it shifts between introspection and sudden action. Mercy is back in the West after the New Orleans setting of Bone Crossed, so most of the characters will be familiar to readers of the first three of Mercy’s now eagerly awaited adventures as well as their graphic-novel prequel, Homecoming (2009). A must for anyone following the series, one that should also be popular among fans of paranormal romance. --Frieda Murray --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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Mercy has a lot to deal with in this installment. She needs to find the owner of the bookstore where she borrowed a very special book in a previous installment. It seems that he might be in some kind of trouble and someone wants to get his hands on the book. Samuel is in crisis and his wolf is in control. Mercy knows that if he doesn't come around quickly then it will be the end for Samuel so she wants to give him some time to sort things out.
There are also a few issues concerning the pack and Mercy's relationship with Adam. Not everyone in the pack is happy to have Mercy as a member. Being a part of a pack is new to Mercy and she isn't used to how easily they can get in her head. Adam and Mercy do love each other and take some steps to get things worked out.
My favorite parts of this book were the sections that dealt with the pack and Adam. It is kind of fun after reading the whole series to see how much things have changed over the course of the series. I think that both Mercy and Adam took some major steps in this book to strengthen their relationship and Mercy's place in the pack. The issues with Samuel were also very well done. I really do enjoy his character and he is really in a bad place for much of this book.
Lorelei King is the voice of Mercy Thompson. She does such a wonderful job narrating this series that I usually want to move to the next book just as soon as I finish a book. The character's emotions really come across perfectly with her narration and she is able to voice a large number of characters very well. I look forward to listening to this narrator many more times in the future.
I would highly recommend this book to others. This is a series that really needs to be read in order since the character relationships are a large part of the story. I look forward to continuing with my re-read of this series very soon.
So what was wrong with Silver Borne that it was my least favorite? Nothing really stands out to me as show-stopping bad, but the pacing in the beginning of the novel is slow. Both Adam and Mercy’s reaction (to keep each other in the dark about the Pack and how it is affecting their relationship) was well… stupid. This is a couple who has withstood quite a bit. They’ve come through a lot emotionally and they are “bonded” psychically; so why suddenly cut each other out when it was obvious that this concerns and affects them both? And then there’s the fact that they were so ill equipped for their bonding?? They are both “supernatural” creatures who are completely aware of the bonding process of two supernatural mates. Why was the process suddenly so mysterious since Mercy was raised by Werewolves and by the Marrok, in particular? She should have known about this growing up. Just sayin’.
Also, I really didn’t like Samuel’s storyline. I’m okay with him falling in love and getting a happy ending… because I really thought Ms. Briggs was going to kill off this character (which would have made more sense than an unknown love interest that came out of the blue and was an integral part of the plot). Sam’s love interest wasn’t even introduced until midway through the novel. I don’t like giving spoilers, so I will just say that it just didn’t seem to add up to who Sam is… but at least he didn’t commit suicide so I’ll just shrug it off and be thankful that Patricia Briggs isn’t Georg RR Martin.
Favorite quote from Silver Borne:
“People who try too hard to explain how magic works end up in funny farms.”
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