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on January 26, 2017
I just can't seem able to put this book down. Or any other of this series.
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on May 11, 2015
Lost this book and really needed another copy to complete the series. Mercedes adventures are always exciting.
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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 object of great power. Another amazing story by Briggs.
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on June 20, 2013
I enjoyed it from beginning to end; it has it all the fight of good versus evil with magic, werewolves, shapeshifters and romance.
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on November 20, 2012
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.
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on March 18, 2011
Ruh Roh! Mercy has done it again! Gotten her self in one heck of a pickle! "Trouble" should be Mercy's middle name because it sure seems to follow her wherever she goes!

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!
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on February 3, 2011
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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on August 16, 2010
Great Series. Love all the books, but this one seemed so different...rushed, rambling at times, and in need of some editing. Silver Borne was a good read nonetheless, hoping to read a 6th book soon :-)
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on April 24, 2010
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. The action starts up fast, and the plot thickens with each flip of the page. I was able to follow the story despite not having read the previous books, yet the flow was never slowed down by over-explaination. It's an impressive feat, if you stop and think about it. I was completely pulled into the storyline and could hardly put the book down.

In conclusion: I may have come to this series with the fifth installment, but you can bet I'll be hustling my butt to the library to pick up the other titles in the series. This is a must-read for any urban fantasy fan.
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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!). But that unevenness isn't enough to stop it from being the sort of urban fantasy that Briggs writes best -- bloody, grimy, but with plenty of heart and passion at its core.

Briggs' prose is as solid as her storyline -- lean and muscular ("he was a tall, sleek warrior with skin dark as wet bark. Sunlight tinted his hair gold"), with moments of humor (Sam as a "pony"), and some wonderfully tense fight scenes spattered with blood and magic. And compared to many authors, she juggles the werewolf politics and fae plotting very smoothly, never letting the plots drift too far from the "real world" of reality TV, broken-down cars and trailers in the desert.

And as usual, Mercy has a lot on her plate in this book -- she finds out that joining the pack won't make all the people in it accept her (some are even plotting against her!), and finds that even people she knows well might turn their backs because of the danger that follows her. And her new relationship with Adam hits its first road bump, which Briggs handles with just the right mixture of passion, bickering and heartfelt love. And most of the fae and werewolves are nicely fleshed out, although I seriously miss Stefan.

But the most striking Samuel's personal issues finally hit the breaking point -- he no longer wants to live because he has nothing to live for, and his inner wolf "Sam" emerges for much of the book. Briggs doesn't shy away from this thorny, painful issue, and she handles it very well.

"Silver Borne" is a bit more back-and-forth than some of Briggs' other Mercy Thompson books, but it's still a solid, beautifully written urban fantasy with plenty of heart. A must-read for werewolf fans.
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