Saturday, March 27, 2010

Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs (Mercedes Thompson Series, Book 5)

All-new action in the #1 New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series

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...

Do you ever read the last page of a book and feel like you could cry? Not because the end was sad, but because everything is over and you have leave the characters behind. There are a few authors and series that make me feel like that; so that's part of the reason why I am so slow in reading in series. Some series, though, I have read to completion and have to wait for each new book. Then, it is torture when the book comes out. Should I read it right away or wait until the next book is closer. I just finished the latest book in one series: Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs. This is the fifth installment in the Mercedes Thompson series. With this one, I chose to read it right away, but it was agonizing! I consider Mercy Thompson one of my favourite literary characters, so I am sad that now that I have finished this book I have to wait a year for another one.

One of the problems with reviewing books that are part of series is spoiler issues. If you haven't read this series at all, most anything is a potential spoiler. If you are still a couple books back, I could give away the big plot issues that you are waiting for. I think that is why I am slack in reviewing books lately. I never know what to say. The simplest thing is that this is another fantastic addition to the series. Once again Briggs managed to write a story that was a page-turner and kept you waiting for what was going to happen next. There is a fantastic cast of characters and storylines that have run through the entire series that she chooses this book to start to sum up. This is a paranormal fantasy series, but it is also a bit of a romance, thriller, and adventure story.

When the first book came out I got caught up in the paranormal fantasy genre and read a bunch of different authors and series. Now that it has died down a bit there are only a couple authors that have survived the test of time. Patricia Briggs is one that tops the list, but she joins the company of Kelley Armstrong and Colleen Gleason (even though this series is actually finished, I have not finished reading it...). There are a few others that have potential that I might look into in the future, but as it stands right now this is my 'best of' list. The new book did nothing to destroy that, so I am very happy to once again tell people to really give this series a try. You won't be disappointed!

My thanks to Penguin Canada for sending me this book! This book also counts as a read for the Once Upon a Time Challenge.


  1. Oh! Ooo! Ooo! OOO!! This one is about the fae again? Do you know I am *this* tempted to buy the UK version since it's in paperback and cheaper from the Book Depository just to get the next installment of this series?

    It wouldn't match my other pbs though, so I don't know. But I do adore the Mercy Thompson series a ton and I am happy that I discovered it last summer.

    Also, I know I totally owe you an email and I suck. Sorry!!

  2. Cat: Well, the series started in paperback, so that is what I have, but then it switched to hardcover... It came down to have matching books or read the books when they come out.. My books don't match. :)

  3. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! I just pre-ordered it so I hope Amazon lets it out early. ;)

  4. Sounds interesting! Also, impressed that you read it right away ;)

  5. Welcome back to blogging :-)

  6. I know exactly what you mean. I love Mercy and the crew and can't wait for the next one to come out.


  7. Meghan: I hope you got it by now!

    Amy: haha, thanks!

    Aarti: Thank you!

    CJ: It's torture having to wait so long!

  8. I put a hold on this one with the library. I can't wait!

    Have you read any of Briggs' Alpha & Omega series?


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