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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (Jan. 25 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044101996X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441019960
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 2.1 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 118 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia Briggs lives in Montana with her husband, children, and six horses.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 10 2010
Format: Hardcover
Mercy Thompson may be a werecoyote, but her entire life has been tied to the werewolves around her -- and now she's a part of Adam's pack.

So of course, she starts experiencing some major trouble in "Silver Borne," the fifth book about a mechanic with a knack for getting into supernatural trouble. Patricia Briggs deftly weaves together werewolf pack problems with a fae hunt for a mysterious book, while also turning her focus to Mercy's troubles with the pack, and Samuel's inner turmoil. It's a bit scattered at times, but still brilliant.

After a disastrous date with Adam, Mercy learns that Samuel has tried to kill himself -- and the only thing that saved him was his inner wolf, who is now in control of his mind and body. Whenever that happens it leads to madness and death, and the Marrok will kill his own son if he finds out. To make matters worse, she's faced with subtle magical sabotage from the wolf pack, and a TV bounty hunter shows up in town gunning for werewolves.

But Mercy's biggest problem is that the fae are trying to kill her, so they can get their hands on a mysterious book called the Silver Borne, which has been entrusted to her -- and then they capture a young friend of hers as a hostage. As she struggles to save Samuel from his hopelessness and the pack from internal strife, Mercy will have to take on a fairy queen who wants the Silver Borne for herself. But she has some allies who aren't about to just give in...

"Silver Borne" isn't quite as even as the last few Mercy Thompson books, mainly because Briggs swings between pack politics and the whole fae book disaster, spending a little too long on each for long periods (come on! There's a hostage! This is no time to infight!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa M. Dow on April 24 2010
Format: Hardcover
Summary: Car mechanic by day, coyote shapeshifter by night. Mate to the Alpha of the local werewolf pack and friend of vampires. You might think Mercy Thompson has enough on her plate, but apparently fate doesn't agree. All she was trying to do was return a borrowed book, and now it seems her life is on the line. The fae want the book and the secrets it holds, and they are willing to do just about anything (and kill just about anyone) to keep it from the wrong hands.

Opening Lines: "The starter complained as it turned over the old Buick's heavy engine. I felt a lot of sympathy for it since fighting outside my weight class was something I was intimately familar with."

My thoughts: This is my first foray into the Mercy Thompson series. I know it's blowing some of your minds that I can read the fifth book first. I can hear your synapses firing. But the important point is this: where have these books been all my life? Fellow book bloggers, I'm disappointed in you. Why didn't someone tell me how good this series is?

First off, Mercy kicks tush. She has muscles, she fights the bad guys, and she's a mechanic. Love to break the gender stereotypes! Don't get me wrong, she's not a she-male, but she's definitely a girl who stands out from the crowd. She's the kind of heroine I found myself rooting for from the very beginning. The cast of supporting characters is fantastic, as well. There are villains, both the kind you see coming and the kind that sneak up on you. There's a pack of werewolves that aren't thrilled about having their leader running with a coyote. And there's Mercy's roommate, Samuel, a were whose inner wolf is giving him some trouble.

The pacing in this book is a thing of beauty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beth on March 29 2010
Format: Hardcover
Mercy Thompson is supposed to be enjoying her happily ever after. Finally coming to terms with her mating to the local packs alpha, Adam, they've come to a happy agreement so not to disturb the current calm amongst the pack who mostly believe she shouldn't be there. She's a coyote shifter, not a werewolf. But Mercy isn't going to let that bother her, that is until someone within the pack threatens her bonding link with Adam.

Not only does she have to contend with the grumblings of the pack, there's also the little matter of an overdue book to return. Though this isn't your average library book. This is a book of the Fae's, and contains a serious amount of magic. When she tries to return the book she finds the store empty and closed down. Just as hard as she's trying to return it, there are those trying harder to take it away from her. And they'll stop at nothing to ensure they get their hands on it.

Meanwhile Mercy's roommate, and lone wolf, Samuel has been acting not quite himself putting Mercy in the position of debating whether Bran, the Marrock and Samuel's father, should be made aware of his situation.

So there's disturbance with the pack directed at her, a rouge Fae on the hunt for her and the book she's holding and the little matter of Samuel's life in her hands. Just another normal week for Mercy?

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All the Mercy Thompson books are terrific, and while they should be read in order, they also stand on their own. Patricia Briggs has created a very appealing character and has surrounded her with some great secondary characters, a consistent story line and strong plots. For example, one regular character is Warren, a gay werewolf. In itself, that's a interesting concept, but Warren having to deal with homophobic packmates demands smart writing. Briggs delivers every time.
Silver Borne would likely be as fun to read if I hadn't read any of the others, but I am glad I did. In this book there is less angst over Mercy's relationships with Adam and Samuel. She and Adam are a couple and there may be external strains on that connection coming from some pack members but they are both committed, in love and happy in the relationship. This gives the book a sense of peace and a steadier pace earlier ones did not always have.
Much of this book involves Samuel, a complicated character who has become more depressed and alienated as the series progressed. I always wanted more investigation of Samuel so I was pleased to see him given so much time. I hope it continues in the next installment and I hope we don't have to wait too long.
There is less Bran than I like, mainly because I always enjoy Bran but he has been covered in several previous stories. Besides Bran is such a larger than life, over the top character, it is likely more effective to hint at his power than it would be to look at him too closely.
I read this book in one sitting and am delighted to have it added to my collection.
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