Review of Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

Posted October 25th, 2011 in book review / Leave a comment

Silver Borne

Book #5 of the Mercy Thompson Series

by Patricia Briggs

Published: ACE – April 2010
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 304 (paperback)

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Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)

When Mercy Thompson, mechanic and shape-shifter, attempts to return a powerful fae book she previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.

It seems the book contains secrets — 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 Samuel’s life forfeit.

All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn’t careful, she may not have many more…

The Good
Briggs is amazing at balancing realism with fantasy. I can easily believe every character is truly out in the world this very second. Briggs also doesn’t sacrifice plot for romance. The romance is only the natural result of character development and story progression.

In Silver Borne, the second half of the book was extremely exciting. We learn more about witches, we are taken to a creepy and fantastical underworld, and we are introduced to forest lords. This book was all about the fae and I find Briggs’ imagination on the topic limitless.

We finally get a resolution for Sam. His five book depression progression had solidified my invested interest in his character. So it was nice to have Sam get something for himself in this book.

I loved the way Adam and Mercy’s relationship was developed. I have fallen in love with there love because it’s not perfect, it just fits.

The second characters of course make many of Briggs books. I love Jessie and Ben the most. Their characters have been so thoroughly developed that I would be heart-broken if anything ever happened to them. I wish Stefan had made an appearance in the book though. He is another great character that I know many fans have fallen completely in love with him.

We get a lot of Mercy trying to fit in with her new pack. Which is not always easy, since coyote shifters are not very dominant. Sometimes it amazes me how Adam’s pack treats Mercy, but I understand based on how the werewolf hierarchy works. But I hope Mercy does find a place in which she gets more respect in the future because we all know she deserves it.

The Bad
Though I was pleased that Sam’s story was resolved, I felt the resolution was a bit weak. There was no build up. How Briggs solved Sam’s problems was quick and unexpected. I felt like this thing was thrown into the plot without much thought. It was very rushed, which is so unlike Briggs. There was no emotion attached to “the answer.”

Also, I felt the lenient way in which werewolf treason was dealt with was very unlike the violent wolves we have come to know. The ending was also a little rushed but not bad by any means.

The Snuggly
Yes, we get romance, but all sex is pretty much off-screen. This series doesn’t need sex, it has another sort of power that draws us in.

I really did enjoy reading this book. The second half was action-packed and frightening. The fae world was both beautiful and chill-inducing. I do wish Sam’s story had a better fix. Something with better build-up and caused more emotions. Sometimes these werewolves frustrate the crap out of me but it only adds to the series. Having nice, obedient wolves would be boring. Plus, the werewolf dominance only intensifies Mercy and Adam’s relationship. I would greatly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

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