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review 2017-01-16 13:00
Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson #10) by Patricia Briggs
Silence Fallen - Patricia Briggs

 

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In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy's bond with the pack and her mate is broken, she'll learn what it truly means to be alone...

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe...

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise...

 

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I was so glad to get back to Mercy and Adam. Especially since the last book were he finally stood up for her in the pack and I was curious to see how it will continue.

This book is a bit different that the previous books, for one we get dual POV (Mercy and Adam) and it has (mostly) two timelines. But it is well narrated (by Mercy) that it is super easy to follow. Also most of the book takes away from home and with that a big part of the pack,

Mercy is taken really early on in the book and but it is not really obvious at forest in how much danger she really is. And as we know Mercy she also finds some trouble. She does escape fairly quickly in true Mercy fashion. Kicking butt and taking names, but that does not mean she is out of danger. Oh no, there are just different kind of dangers on top of her running from the powerful vampire Iacopo/Jacob. For one she has nothing, not even clothes and has to roam in a strange werewolf territory. Mercy gets herself in quite the few difficult situations along the way. But she also meets a few new people and some allies along the way. We also learn more about her and her heritage as a walker. Something is happening to her powers. She meets a golem and a few ghost on her long and curling journey to run from Jacob and to reunite with Adam and the pack.

One think we learn is just how far the reach of Marrok and his “daughter” really goes.

Adam. I love Adam in this book. Just everything about him or the way he handles things in this book. Even as he struggles with his wolf to keep control and not just kill everyone. We also see how strong their bond really is.

He works with Elizaveta , the vampires and some goblins to rescue Mercy.

He also takes along Honey, who was such a great and shining star in this book. I really love her and also feel for her sometimes as she still mourns Peter.

 There are some really scary things happening to Adam as well and it was great to see him handle it.  It was also great to see him work so close with Stefan and Marsilia.

I really enjoyed seeing the nicer site of Marsilia and we learn a little about her as well.

I also enjoyed Larry the goblin and to learn a little more about them and I really hope to see more of Larry and his crew…… the same goes for Matt Smith (not the doctor)a werewolf that travels with Adam.  

Iacopo/Jacob, I don’t think it is the last time we hear about him as the book ends. But that is all I can say for now to not give anything away.

Overall. I LOVED this book and I hardly put it down and now I ant wait to see how things continue. While it was neat those them off so far all over Europe and away from the pack , I cant wait to see them back home to see them as a family and with the pack . Plus, I really want to know how it all will work out with the Marrok, since they are still cut off from him.

I really have to give this book 5★ because it was just that great.

 

 

Some of my favorite quotes:

 

 

“I was in the belly of a bus in Italy, alone, naked and penniless. Also without a passport.”

 

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“While I traveled by bus. Adam made do with a luxurious private jet. That is the kind of my life goes.”

 

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“He will be furious,” said Marsila . She smiled, a surprisingly sweet expression on such a dangerous woman. “Somehow, when she is destroying other people’s carefully laid out plans, she is not so annoying.” “Fabulous” said the goblin.  “Such a clever coyote is your Mercy.”

 

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“The most powerful supernatural entity in the Tri-whatsit city?” I change into a coyote”, I countered. “That’s my superpower. What do you think?”

 

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“My love,” he said, his voice intent. “You are welcome to all that I am, all that I have. I would destroy the planet for you. I was even diplomatic for you, which was a bigger sacrifice. A little power drain is nothing.”

 

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*I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!

 

 

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Patricia Briggs

 

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

 

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review 2016-07-10 00:00
Fire Touched: Mercy Thompson Series, Book 9
Fire Touched: Mercy Thompson Series, Book 9 - Patricia Briggs,-Brilliance Audio on CD Unabridged-,Lorelei King
I just love coming back to this world and getting back into Mercy’s head. I was captured from the first word. There where some great funny lines and so much to love and savor in this installment.

Mercy and Adam have a great relationship and you can see that in the pages. They work well together and their relationship is never stale. It is ever changing as is the world around them. Adam finally puts down the law with his pack about Mercy. I would have liked this done sooner, but it was great to see him set them straight.

The Hampton Pack ends up dealing with some major changes and challenges in this installment. I’m very intrigued with the direction things are going, the new & old characters that pop-up, the world as a whole, and how everything was resolved. It was masterful done.

Fire Touched was a treat for this fan. Their was never a dull moment. The series continues to grow and get better with each book. Mercy is becoming stronger, the pack is evolving, and the world continues to build. Fire Touched is packed full with non-stop excitement.

If you enjoy shifters, pack polities, a vast world, unique characters, and a series that will never get dull, then you need to try the Mercy Thompson series. If your a fan then don’t wait to read Fire Touched. It’s not to be missed!

Rated: 4 Stars

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review 2016-04-05 00:25
Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs
Fire Touched: Mercy Thompson Series, Book 9 - Patricia Briggs,-Brilliance Audio on CD Unabridged-,Lorelei King

The tensions between humanity and the fae continue to get more dangerous and tense, with the werewolves in the unenviable position of being in the middle. Until a troll runs amok in the city, with the werewolves feeling the need to rush to their defence, especially since some of Mercy’s friends are being targeted by the fae

 

Mercy steps in – and in doing so draws a line in the sand to protect her people and her city. But in doing so she isolates them from the rest of the werewolves, the Marrock is unwilling to follow them to political ruin and possibly war with the fae. Mercy and Adam and their pack are alone to try and navigate the dangerous complexities of the different fae factions or be dragged into a war with no support.

 

 

 

This book brings in some interesting world building and development – not with the monsters, not with the new creatures or new magic – but with a whole lot of politics. I am glad to see the different factions of the fae – it’s usually so easy to present supernatural groups as a monolith, without differemnt factions (certainly without several different factions) that we would find among humanity. So seeing the fae, seeing the Grey Lords, actually struggling among themselves with their own agendas, their own conflicts and their own positions as well as some fae among them who are officially done with it all and want no more to do with the system. I even like the complexity of immortal relationships that Zee represents – with his honoured enemies he hated but respected.

 

It works nicely with the werewolf political position as well – as they try to find a balance between not being outright at war with the fae while also not allowing them to just run riot in their territory. The interactions between Mercy and the Marrock and Adam are all decently nuanced without masses of hurt feelings over political necessities. I really like how the pack is becoming strong because it is modern and progressive compared to the often backward and bigoted opinions of other packs and like how including non-werewolves as pack members or close to the pack is also bringing them new strength and options. The pack is better for its moving to the future rather than clinging to old ways even as it causes them political issues

 

 

I also like that Adam has kind of turned to his pack and told them to behave around Mercy. Kind of. I don’t know, we do have a prolonged history of members of the pack treating Mercy terribly (especially the female members because WOMEN HATE EACH OTHER IT IS KNOWN, though Honey turning into a big Mercy fan has kind of made up for that. I would quite like a middle ground between “Mercy is my lord and saviour, praise be!” and “Mercy is the terribad awful stain on humanity I will personally destroy!”) so having a line drawn under that is nice. But it would have been better if they’d learned to respect Mercy because she is due respect or because her actions have shown she deserves an alpha position. Or because Mercy has called them out on their shit and refuses to deal with them any more. Them respecting her because Adam has stood up and basically said “how dare you disrespect mah woman!” doesn’t help especially next to the backdrop of the series. Especially since, with Merc just making a blanket statement of sanctuary to all beings… well… isn’t is possible the pack might have a reasonable desire to question this beyond “Mercy is so terrible, gawd!” I don’t like the idea of stifling any questioning being framed as ensuring Mercy is respected

 

Christie is also still around. She continues to be an utter caricature of awfulness.

 

On that note, I’d also like to look at Mercy and Adam’s relationship. While it isn’t as bad here as we’ve seen in previous books, there’s one line that bothers me: it’s about how Mercy and Adam compromises. But the compromise is over Mercy’s “safety” which pretty much reads as “independence.” So the compromise isn’t about each side giving a little –it’s about how much Mercy gives up. The only thing Adam is “compromising” is how much freedom he allows Mercy. Like he questioning Mercy thing, the book is trying to force frames on debates and questions that don’t always apply or can be seen through a different angle very easily.

 

 

 

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review 2016-03-21 16:22
Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs
Fire Touched - Patricia Briggs

 

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Mercy Thompson has been hailed as “a heroine who continues to grow and yet always remains true to herself.”* Now she’s back, and she’ll soon discover that when the fae stalk the human world, it’s the children who suffer... Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae. Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?

 

 

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I was really happy to finally be reading this book. It has been forever since the last Mercy book. And if you are not sure anymore what happened I recommend you reread the last book. The book starts off with a bang, when the pack is called to help with a troll that is destroying part of the city and killing humans. But that being the start of the book it is also just the tip of the iceberg for the pack. As they discover more and more about why the troll is sent. The fae are starting a war against the humans and Mercy and the pack are working hard to prevent that. I always love Mercy and how she is just herself, she wouldn’t change for anyone and always is true to herself. She also always helping others and doesn’t care if she endangers herself in doing so. I this case it is a little human boy that was taken by the fae many moons ago. Of course though it is never just that easy and many things happen and there is a lot more to learn about the oy than one may thik. Adam was also great in this book, of course he always is but in this book I absolutely loved him and how he handles certain situations that arise. There is still tension between some of the pack members and Mercy, but I love how she never backs down and basically never give a crap about it and just deals with it her way. We see a lot of familiar faces again in this book, most are good. We learn a lot more about other players in the series. Overall is was a great book, in fact one of my favorites in the series so far and I cannot wait to see what happens next. The end was just too awesome. I just hope we won’t have to wait for two years again. I rate this book at 5 ★

 

 

Some of my favorite quotes:

 

“We promised to grant him sanctuary, but if he doesn’t stick around like a fly in a whore’s mattress, then I guess we are off the hook.”

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“I could smack you, “I said. “Just saying.” “I’m driving, “he answered meekly. “ And you shouldn’t hurt the one you love.” “Flirt on your own time, Lieblings,” advised Zee. “I am too old for it- you could give ne a heart attack.” “You’d have to have a heart for that threat to work,” I said, and happily settled in for a game of insults with Zee.

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I glanced over at Zee, who had his happy face in again. It was just ……wrong to see a happy face on Zee.

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I filed Edythe’s immunity in the mental file I kept marked Why Edythe/Yoyo Girl is Scary. It was a big file. ***

 

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review 2016-03-18 18:56
Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs
Fire Touched: Mercy Thompson Series, Book 9 - Patricia Briggs,-Brilliance Audio on CD Unabridged-,Lorelei King

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs is a worthy addition as the ninth book in the Mercy Thompson Series.  Coyote shapeshifter, Mercy Thompson Hauptman and her mate Alpha of the Columbia Basin Werewolf Pack, Adam Hauptman, help the humans battle a troll.  They wind up involved in politics, trying to stop a war with the Fae; simultaneously, trying to protect a human boy, Aiden, that has been Fire Touched.  This contemporary urban fantasy takes place in Tri-Cities, Washington and in Underhill (Fairyland).

 

The scene at the beginning of the book with Mercy and Izzy’s mother is pretty amusing.  I like how it ended up tying in with the rest of the book, very creative.

 

I like the introduction of Aiden.  He has endured a lot throughout his life and is a survivor.  His powers are impressive.  He is a fascinating character with a lot of depth.  I enjoyed his bantering with Jesse.  I would like to see more of him in future books.

 

I love that the walking stick has taken on a personality.  I hope we haven’t seen the last of it.  I also appreciated Baba Yoga.  She is clever and you never really know what to expect from her. 

The pack dynamics was interesting; both with the Columbia Basin Pack and Bran’s Pack.

 

I enjoyed the plot.  I like the use of characters from mythology in a modern setting.  The story was convincing and believable.  It had an excellent conclusion.  You can always count on the Mercy Thompson series to have a great combination of action, fantasy, humor, and imagination.  Each story is significantly different, but feels consistent with the series. 

 

Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

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