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review 2018-04-05 15:01
"Night Broken - Mercy Thompson #8" by Patricia Briggs
Night Broken - Patricia Briggs

This is the first time I've finished a Mercy Thompson book and gone - "that was an OK episode" rather than "Wow! This series just keeps getting better".


I've delayed writing a review, to see if I'd be able to put my finger on why "Night Broken" didn't excite me.

It's not one thing. There's nothing actually wrong with this book.


Patricia Briggs writes with her usual wit and flair. There were a couple of really good fight-scenes, especially the one in Mercy's garage (who knew an engine could be used like that?). The plot promised a lot of fun: two new bad-guys, both powerful and scary are threatening Mercy and the Pack; Christie, Adam's ex-wife, is given shelter by the Pack and uses the opportunity to manipulate them and undermine Mercy;  Mercy gets to find out more about her Coyote side, including meeting her much-put-upon "Brother".


So what wasn't to like? The pace felt a little uneven. The bad-guys were dealt with a little too easily (one turning out to be not so bad after all). Christie's presence caused some tension but was dealt with in such an enlightened way that it felt a little anticlimactic.


Maybe I should be reading these things as Patricia Briggs bravely taking the path less travelled by but it didn't feel that way at the time.


"Night Broken" was an entertaining read. I just didn't enjoy it as much as "Frost Burned" or "River Marked"


I've been rationing myself to one Mercy Thompson book a month. A new month has just started, and I'm already looking forward to reading the ninth book, "Fire Touched".


As usual, Lorelie King's narration increased my enjoyment of the Mercy's adventure. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear a sample.


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review 2017-02-10 00:00
Night Broken
Night Broken - Patricia Briggs If you are dyed blue are you at risk of being abducted by Smurfs?

Mercy and Adam have an unwelcome house guest, Christy, Adam's ex-wife. She is fleeing a stalker who has killed at least one person and burned down a condo. Oh, and he might be a volcano god. Even more reason for Christy to try and manipulate her way back into Adam and the pack's life.

This instalment of the Mercy Thompson series is filled with tension. The injection of Christy back into the werewolf pack politics, the new enemy, the need to protect people who are trying to hurt you, and the suspicion of the werewolves being responsible for a rash of murders, could induce reader anxiety. Patricia Briggs has certainly left no obstacle out of Mercy's way in Night Broken.

Needless to say, the review of the next instalment, Fire Touched, will be coming soon.
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review 2016-10-13 12:45
Night Broken - Good Stuff!
Night Broken - Patricia Briggs Not as painful as I had excepted based on everyone's reviews. 4 stars.
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text 2016-10-01 08:02
Books read (or not!) in September
Rivers of London: Body Work - Ben Aaronovitch,Luis Lobo-Guerrero,Lee Sullivan Hill,Andrew Cartmel
Those Above - Daniel Polansky
An Accident of Stars - Foz Meadows
The Kraken Sea - E. Catherine Tobler
The Obelisk Gate - N.K. Jemisin
Goblin Moon: Mask and Dagger 1 - Teresa Edgerton
Of Sorrow and Such - Angela Slatter
A Case of Possession - K.J. Charles
Night Broken - Patricia Briggs
Dark Horse - Michelle Diener

Books started: 13 (including the 2 I'm currently reading)

Books finished: 11

Books not finished: 1


Genre: Pretty much SFF, with one foray into historical m/m where there's magic so that probably still counts as SFF too. 


What progress on Mount TBR?: Got a few finished off, added a few... 


Book of the month: As you would probably guess, the stand-out book this month for me is The Obelisk Gate. Like its predecessor, one of the best things I've read all year. 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-09-24 14:08
Night Broken - Patricia Briggs
Night Broken - Patricia Briggs

Night Broken is book 8 in one of the few urban fantasy series I've stuck with - it features Mercy Thompson, auto mechanic and coyote shapeshifter, and her relationships with the local werewolf pack and other non-humans. 


In Night Broken, Mercy is now living with the werewolves and has become the mate of the pack's Alpha, Adam. This particular book starts with a frantic phonecall from Adam's ex-wife Christy, who has a stalker and is looking for somewhere to hide. What Christy doesn't tell Adam at this point he offers her sanctuary is that said stalker is not exactly human, being in fact a minor fire deity, complete with larger-than-life guard dogs. Christy is also a grade A manipulator and plays on the existing tensions within the pack, not all of whom have accepted Mercy anyway, to try and engineer a reconciliation with Adam. 


Alongside this, Mercy is also dealing with an ultimatum from one of the fae. In one of the previous books, Mercy had given a particular artefact (a walking stick with something of a mind of its own) to Coyote and now the fae want it back. So not only is Mercy dealing with Christy's attempts to sow dissent in the pack, she's also trying to track Coyote down so she can get the walking stick back because the fae aren't really folks you want having an issue with you.


There is both human and animal death in this book, which might be a deal-breaker for some, but it's set in an overall storyline that hangs together quite well. While some issues are resolved, others come to light during the overall plot and seem likely to be matters to which Mercy and her friends will have to return - the nature of her relationship with the vampire Stefan being one of them, as things are not quite as initially thought. The series continues in Fire Touched, which I look forward to reading, with another book due out next year to continue the series...

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