Silver Borne Mass Market Paperback – Jan 25 2011
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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!).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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?
(Read the rest of the review at Maybe Tomorrow? [...])
In this, the 5th installment of the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, Mercy becomes knee deep in Fae craziness when she unwittingly becomes the possessor of Silver Borne. Silver Borne is a Fae artifact said to be able to consume the fae magic of one's enemies and give it back to whomever holds it. Unfortunately for Mercy, an evil Fairy Queen is hell bent on taking Silver Borne for her own and she's willing to do anything and attack anyone to get it.
As with all installments of the Mercy Thompson series, Briggs has once again created an excellent urban fantasy, full of action packed excitement and one kick ass heroine that readers are sure to fall in love with. Easy to read with effortless flow and an entirely logical resolution, Silver Borne made it really hard for this particular reader to set it aside to get some sleep or go to work!
Patricia Briggs is a master of the genre repeatedly delivering Urban Fantasy at it's finest!
Most recent customer reviews
Lost this book and really needed another copy to complete the series. Mercedes adventures are always exciting.Published 14 months ago by Frances
Excellent story! Samuel has problems controlling his wolf, Mercy had problems with some of the pack trying to break her and Adam up, and there are dangerous fey searching for an... Read morePublished on March 13 2014 by Jenifer Mohammed, Author of Resurrecting Cybele
I enjoyed it from beginning to end; it has it all the fight of good versus evil with magic, werewolves, shapeshifters and romance.Published on June 20 2013 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Patricia Briggs doesn't disappoint. Another excellent Mercedes Thompson story with an well developed cast, great setting and mythology. I am totally addicted to this author.Published on Nov. 20 2012 by HamHam Petunia
All the Mercy Thompson books are terrific, and while they should be read in order, they also stand on their own. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2011 by Lotusland Lady
Great Series. Love all the books, but this one seemed so different...rushed, rambling at times, and in need of some editing. Read morePublished on Aug. 16 2010 by Sharpie