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review 2017-03-23 02:03
Mercy's up to her usual tricks in the Old World
Silence Fallen - Patricia Briggs

It was pretty clear from the pages of Fire Touched that Mercy's little The Doctor to the Sycorax speech was a big deal. But I don't think any of us really had a clue just how far-reaching the potential ramifications were until it's spelled out for us by a few different characters here. Well, okay, that's probably not true -- a lot of people who read these books probably thought about it, but I didn't -- and I think that Mercy and her acquaintances do a better job of spelling things out than I could, so I'll let them. But many in the supernatural communities aren't happy that she did it and are looking for ways to insulate themselves from it, as well has looking for ways to take advantage of it for their benefit.

 

One such person is Bonarata -- one of the oldest, and most feared vampires in the world -- he has ties to the Tri-Cities vampires, as well. He's the one who's responsible for Marisila, Stefan and Wulfe leaving Europe and ending up in the Tri-Cities. He's also a legend in Werewolf circles -- many years ago, he killed an Alpha and turned his mate into a blood-slave. After the death of Chastel, Bonarata is the closest thing the non-Fae have to a Super-Villain (pretty sure any of the Grey Lords that wanted to could wipe the floor with him).

 

So shortly after Fire Touched, Bonarata arranges for Mercy to be kidnapped. Now, while Briggs' vampires aren't the political wheels-within-wheels schemers that Faith Hunter's are, they're still crafty and wily -- so all his reasons for doing so aren't immediately discernible (and probably not totally discernible by the end of the book -- but we get closer).

 

Mercy is Mercy, however, and it doesn't take too long before she escapes from Bonarata and finds herself running throughout Europe to escape from his henchmen. She finds herself in Prague (this detail feels like a spoiler, but it's on the dust jacket, so . . . ) where her best bet for an ally is one of the few Alphas in the wold with a grudge against Bran Cornick. In addition to this she finds herself in the middle of a couple of vampire nests competing for control of Prague, and there's a whole bunch of ghosts (and other things that go bump in the night) that are taking advantage of the presence of someone who can see them.

 

Meanwhile, Adam, Marisila, Stefan, Honey and a couple of others are on the way to Bonarata's home to negotiate for Mercy's release. Whoops. These chapters are told in Mercy's voice from Adam's point-of-view, as if she's relating what he told her happened, which is a nice touch. It also suggests that she survives this mess -- not-at-all-a-spoiler: the first person narrator lives. It's here that we learn a lot more about Honey, Marisila and Stefan -- we also learn about Adam's Doctor Who fandom. It's nice seeing things from Adam's POV for a change.

 

Mostly the book consists of Adam and Mercy doing all they can to survive long enough to see each other again -- which is sweet. We've seen them work together plenty of times in this series -- we've also seen them apart for brief periods -- this is the longest (that I can recall) that they've been separated, and the furthest apart they've been. They're both independent by nature (however that nature is shaped into something else for the needs of the Pack), so they can adapt to this, but their primary goal is to get back together. Which I'm sure made many, many fans cheer and melt.

 

Will someone drawn in by the cover art, or wanting to see what the fuss over this Briggs-person enjoy the book? Yeah, I think so -- but not as much as the established fan. This book works as well as it does because of the world, not just the story. We've been in Mercy's world for 10 books now -- for most of us you can add the short stories and Charles & Anna novels, too. We know it what it means for Honey to make that trip. We know what it means for people to exploit Mercy (or try to) to get to Bran or Adam. We know the pain that the loss of pack-link or mate-bond creates. This would be a lousy book 4, but with the cumulative weight of this series, Silence Fallen us a strong book 10.

 

It was a fun book -- exciting, amusing, and fascinating to see how packs and nests work outside of the US. Most of all it was a good story, taking several competent and powerful characters out of their usual setting and circumstances, and throwing them into a milieu they're not familiar with to watch them sink or swim. Excellent read for fans of the series -- which isn't a surprise to any, but just something I think I have to say.

 

Now begins the wait for #11.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/03/22/silence-fallen-by-patricia-briggs
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review 2017-03-21 09:49
Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10)
Silence Fallen - Patricia Briggs

Mercy is kidnapped by vampires and is taken to Europe, where she escapes, but has no clothes, no money and no passport and must stay on the run until Adam can find her and neutralise the threat to herself and her pack.

 

I'll admit I was less enthusiastic about this one that I normally am about the books in this series, because my first thoughts ran along the lines of 'oh, yay.  Woman in peril who must fight to survive and over come obstacles over and over again.'

 

I could not have been more wrong.  Yes, there are perils and obstacles, but they are more than balanced out by moments of control and action and intelligence.  This book was also far more about political negotiations and intelligence analysis, if you'll excuse the out-of-place term here, and I loved that.  This felt like a far more intelligent novel that the previous books.

 

And for the first time in I can't even remember how long, I was totally blown away by the twist.  Never. saw. that. coming.  I actually exclaimed 'holy sh*t!' out loud.  Well played, Briggs.  Absolutely brilliant.

 

There wasn't anything I didn't thoroughly enjoy in this book; I had no complaints at all.

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text 2017-03-20 17:53
Fictfact says my next in series books to read are:
The Broken Kingdoms - N.K. Jemisin
The Blinding Knife - Brent Weeks
Silence Fallen - Patricia Briggs
Scarlet - Marissa Meyer
Etched in Bone - Anne Bishop
The Fate of the Tearling: A Novel (Queen of the Tearling, The) - Erika Johansen
Raven Cursed - Faith Hunter
Archangel's Enigma (Guild Hunter) - Nalini Singh
Pocket Apocalypse: InCryptid, Book Four - Seanan McGuire
Empire of Storms - Sarah J. Maas

Fellow booklikers' posts (like http://bookstooge.booklikes.com/post/1543510/my-little-po-ahem-tbr ) reminded me to check.  Actual reading sequence of published books will more realistically vary by what becomes available at library and my moods, of course.

 

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review 2017-03-19 16:01
Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
Iron Kissed (Mercedes Thompson) - Patricia Briggs,Lorelei King

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This book left me with all kinds of feelings. I have had a hard time getting it out of my head since I finished it hours ago. This was a re-read for me but it has been roughly 6 years since the first time I read this book and it really had a bigger impact on me this time around. I have so much love for this series having read all of the books set in the Mercy world and now working on re-reading them as time allows. This book felt like a really pivotal book this time around since I know how things do work out. I am in awe of the magic that is the Mercy Thompson series.

Mercy is asked by Zee to help out with an investigation investigation involving the fae. Things get a whole lot more complicated almost immediately after when Zee is arrested and charged with murder. Mercy knows that he is innocent so she is going to do everything in her power to set the record straight even when she is told to leave things alone. I will be honest and admit that I didn't remember who the bad guy was in this mystery and was trying to puzzle through everything right along with Mercy and she discovered new pieces of information.

The other major point in this book focuses on Mercy's love life. In the previous books in the series, Mercy has had both Adam and Sam showing interest in her. Sam ended up moving in with her as roommates and Adam has declared her as his mate. Sam and Adam are both very strong Alpha wolves and a choice has to be made. Mercy does finally figure out where her heart is in this book and she does it in a way that reminds me why I love her character as much as I do.

The final section of the book really got to me. It was intense to say the least. I was emotionally all over the place as I listened to the everything that happens to Mercy. I was angry for her. I wanted to cry for her. I wanted to help glue back all of the pieces or try to do something to make it be that things didn't really happen. I think that the way that Patricia Briggs decided to share how Mercy was feeling during the aftermath of the big event is genius. I am in awe of her writing ability. Mercy dealt with the pain by turning into her coyote. In doing so, the way she acted and her body language took on a very obvious meaning. It was powerful stuff to say the least.

I loved the narration of this book. Lorelei King did a spectacular job in narrating this story. There are quite a few characters in this book and she did a fantastic job in using different and consistent voices for those characters. She really showed the emotions of the characters during this story. The pacing of her reading was really nice and I found myself being able to listen for hours at a time.

I would highly recommend this series to others. I do think that this is a series that is best read in order since the relationships between the character grow and change over the course of the series and events from earlier books do come up from time to time. I can't wait to continue with my re-read of this fantastic series!

Initial Thoughts
The ending of this book was a lot more intense than I had remembered. Such amazing storytelling and the narration added to the experience.

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review 2017-03-19 14:43
I Need Chocolate Chip Cookies
Silence Fallen - Patricia Briggs

Non spoiler, all feels review
I need to make some chocolate chip cookies.

Separated but never separate. Mercy and Adam, win the Best Couple award. He listens to her, he trusts her, unwaveringly, she is the same way back at him. It is a beautiful thing.

What a painful ride for Mercy. She is shattered, beaten, stolen, scared, and alone. It hurt my heart to travel with her through some of her difficulties. I was seriously worried about her mental health, she was completely immersed in Hades. Never underestimate the trickster with a brain is the lesson to be learned here. I'm seriously tempted to go get a Coyote tattoo. Mercy is the woman I'd love to be.

Adam, what they put him through was horrendous. Vampire's politics are spinning nut-bags with spikes. How cruel is it that Ms. Briggs created the perfect man on these pages ? Every woman deserves and Adam in her life. I know I want one. He is Alpha, it's what he is, but Mercy is more than all that is for him. He makes that very clear in this book, when his trust in his mate allows him to stay in that role. He cuts into his own heart to do as she would want done. - Yeh it had me swooning deep inside. I can almost forget about his nasty crusty ex.

In final conclusion, I loved it, LOVED IT 

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