This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating. Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #10
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: Ace Books
Format: ARC, E-book
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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...
To say that I am a fan of the Mercy Thompson series is really an understatement. I have read every book and that actually makes me potentially a great critic. Where other series can start to get stale or predictable this series has remained strong! Silence Fallen steered away from the formula and gave us new features to look forward to in future installments. Fan-tast-ic!
Mercy is back and this time she is not the one getting herself into a predicament. She was abducted as part of a power play that has many facets and is vague at best, in the beginning. At the start of the story you are left in puzzlement as to why she has been taken but I liked that. There was a real air of mystery to this installment. This story had Mercy truly being an innocent victim and not the one getting herself into hot water. It is a different take on the status quo and I loved it!
The bond between Mercy and Adam is rock solid by this point in the series as is her bond with the pack. The bond between Mercy and Adam is the mating bond where they can speak to each other or feel each other over distances. Because Adam is a werewolf and alpha, Mercy is also connected to the pack’s bond and it works similar to the bond she shares with Adam. She can also draw strength from his bond. So, when Mercy is taken and the bond is “cut off” it leads to a lot of freaking out. Adam and his wolf are truly tested in this story. It is also disconcerting for Mercy as she is faced with the realization of how much she has come to rely on that bond.
Mercy manages to escape her situation only to find out she is completely alone and in danger. What this scenario does for her character is just fantastic. She has to go old school in a lot of ways and I loved the glimpse of the old Mercy. She also learns more about her abilities and has to rely on and trust in her new awareness. Great character growth as well as the introduction of new characters to this series. Even with the help of her European friends Mercy manages to get herself into quite the pickle and there were some moments that had my heart in my throat!
In case you were not aware, Mercy can interact with the departed, heck yeah! Now that she is alone Mercy must come to rely on any aid that is offered. Lots of ghosts and ghostly interactions make up a portion of this story. Not to mention that this story has the character of The Golem of Prague! I loved that this legend was brought to life in this story. It was uniquely done and perfectly executed.
Adam is really the star of this book this time around. In order to find his mate, he enters into situations that he would have before found completely intolerable. In addition, alliances are made that would have previously been seen as impossible. Marsilia is the mistress of the Tri-Cities seethe, think Queen of a vampire coven and has a big role in this book. In this role, surprisingly, she is not the bad gal. Normally Marsilia is synonymous with evil traitorous wench, so this was a surprising turn of events and I think I liked it. It remains to be seen where this alliance will go.
As always the ending was satisfying and left me wanting more! I can’t wait for the next book in the series. My fingers are crossed on a few threads that I picked up that could be woven into the next story and I am hoping that they may come to fruition. This is a book and series that I highly recommend!
*Thank you to NetGalley & Berkley Publishing Group for this eARC of Silence Fallen*