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Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, Book 5) Mass Market Paperback – January 25, 2011

4.7 out of 5 stars 560 customer reviews
Book 5 of 9 in the Mercy Thompson Series

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044101996X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441019960
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (560 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J'aime TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 5, 2010
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Sometimes, good urban fantasy series begin to fizzle out more quickly than you'd expect. Often because of too many unanswered questions and too much politics (eg. Del Franco's "un" series). I lose the urge to open and devour the latest book upon arrival because I know if I am lucky enough to get an answer, there'll be four new questions to take its place. Thankfully, Mercy still has that "must read NOW" quality.

I think this series continues to be strong because the author has stayed true to the character she originally created. Mercy has matured, certainly, but she has not drastically changed. She's still a top notch mechanic, she's still not the biggest bad a@@ on the street, and she still worries about those she loves. Each book ties into the one before, but not with drastic cliffhangers that leave readers annoyed. More like loose ends that once pulled, unravel into a new story. Here, the plot stems from a book that Phin lent Mercy previously, and the unresolved status of Samuel. Some nasty Fae want the book, and now that Mercy has chosen Adam, Samuel's character comes to the fore front. This book has a lot of development of interpersonal relationships (Mercy is still dealing with Tim's assault), and a lot more detail on werewolf society (especially now that Mercy is part of a pack, and most of them are unhappy about it).

Briggs' writing is tight. She really gets a reader invested in the characters, and the story builds upon that. Familiar characters appear, but she resists throwing in a cameo for everyone we know. If they didn't have some say in the plot, they didn't appear. So, we get Zee and Bran, but Stefan is a no show. Though the fae plot was interesting, the strongest part of the book is the werewolf material.
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This book was my favorite so far; I won't go into too much detail b/c many other reviews have. The Mercy - Adam relationship is explored more deeply & both characters really grow together beautifully. There was also just enough detail about Zee, Gabriel, the Sandoval family, etc...in some of the other books I felt a little bogged down by elements that seemed overly detailed in relation to their significance in the story (if that makes any sense). The Samuel story line is heartbreaking and inspiring. I loved the way the other wolves, not just Adam, stood behind him during his difficulties. I'm only giving it 4 stars b/c while there was a great deal of build-up with Samuel's story, it all seemed to resolve itself to quickly. It felt rushed & I would have like more depth. Another thing that bothered me, which could be just me, there's a lot of info in all the books about how dangerous and violent the wolves can be, but in this book several in Adam's pack are essentially involved in treason, with varying degrees of culpability, and either through deliberate acts or omissions nearly cost several people their lives and cause a great deal of destruction. Yet, they seemed to be dealt with overly leniently. Overall, great book & I highly recommend it.
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Briggs' fifth book holds a number of changes for Mercy and her friends, not all of them welcome.

The most anticipated change is Mercy's relationship with Adam, the werewolf Alpha. Adam's pack is still not completely welcoming to a troublesome coyote and in this book a few pack members decide to meddle in Adam's and Mercy's relationship. One of the best aspects of Briggs' books is the real and growing relationship of Adam and Mercy. Briggs has declined to throw these two into each others arms instead giving her readers the pleasure of watching two people become a couple. Love does not conquer all but a strong Alpha werewolf and a coyote with a gun can sure reduce the number of their detractors. Loyalty to pack is a good thing, but for some it takes a well-placed bullet.

Mercy receives a call from Zee's son, Tad, about the fae bookseller she borrowed a book from in the last book. Phin gives Tad a cryptic message about Mercy and the book and now he isn't answering his phone. Mercy promises to look into it and quickly realizes that Phin might be in serious trouble or dead. And it isn't too long before Mercy realizes that if she can't figure out what happened to Phin the same thing might happen to her. A powerful and nasty fae wants the book and isn't about to let a little thing like a coyote stand in her way.

To add to Mercy's full calendar Samuel, Mercy's friend and the Marrock's son, has spiralled into a deep depression. If he can't be pulled out of it the Marrock or Adam will be forced to kill him before he falls into homicidal insanity.

Maybe Briggs tried to put a little too much into this book because Samuel's storyline was not very fleshed out. It came across as flat and forced. And it just occurred to me why.
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Silver Borne was a easy and quick read. I can't say I was disappointed by the writing. Patricia Briggs weaves character that you truly come to care about. I was, however, very let down by the story. Mrs. Briggs takes three storylines and tells them almost simultaneously. Note the word "almost." Each thread is unrelated to the next, except in the end when two of the storylines coincidentally collide. I thought the coincidence was contrived. For me, because the three different threads, the book felt like reading separate stories, that just happened to have the same beloved characters. The waiting for one story to finish, so the next one could pick up where it left off seemed stilted. Why would one antagonist wait while the pack duke it out with a second antagonist? Because the author needed her too.

The greatest disappointment of this book was Samuel's storyline. Mrs. Briggs has taken great care over the past five books making sure her readers grow attached to each and every one of her characters. This is one of her greatest talents. However in Sam's darkest moment we are given a resolution that we care nothing for. There is no emotional investment in "the answer." I wanted to care about the solution as much as I care about the character, Sam. I found myself detached from what could have been a very touching story.

If you love Mercy, you will undoubted enjoy this book, but like me you may find that the story was secondary. If you can, I would recommend waiting for the paperback. If you are a first time reader of the Mercy Thompson series start with the first book, fall in love with her and all her friends first. If you start here I doubt you will be back for more.
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