Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Review: Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Silence Fallen
(Mercy Thompson #10)
Patricia Briggs
Release: March 7, 2017
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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...

Silence Fallen is a different Mercy book than what I've come to expect from this series. It's different in a good way and is reminiscent of the time when Mercy was an army of one. I wasn't a big fan of having Adam and Mercy separated again but it worked. What I did like is that most of this book occurs away from the Tri-Cities area and we get to see more of the world outside of Charles and Anna's eyes in the Alpha & Omega spin-off. Even though the story takes place in Europe, we still get to see many of our favorite characters.

One thing that made Adam and Mercy's separation more bearable is the fact that part of the story is told from Adam's point of view. We've seen a chapter from his perspective here and there in the series but in this book we got several and it was fascinating being in his head. His love for Mercy is absolutely adorable.

The story is told non-linearly and we're told in an author's note at the first to pay attention to Mercy's comments at the first of each chapter. I liked not being sure of how things were lining up since it conveyed Mercy’s confusion a lot better while still giving us a chance to see what Adam was up to. But I also feel like the timeline wasn't complex enough to warrant such a note. I read the comments thinking they'd be more important than they were. I don't think I would have expected as much out of them if it hadn't been for the note.

Like the previous books in the series, the pacing is fast and Mercy gets into trouble and chaos ensues. I will say that I did not see the twist in this book coming and oh! what a twist it was! Bravo, Mrs. Briggs! Bravo!

Silence Fallen is a great addition to a wonderful series and I can't wait to see what happens next. The next book is going to be a Charles and Anna book and I am so here for that!

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley


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