Written by Patricia Briggs
Published March, 2010 by Ace
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy, Werewolves / Shifters
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Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, never knows what the day - or night - may bring in a world where "witches, vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters live beside ordinary people". But she is about to learn that while some secrets are dangerous whose who seek them are just plain deadly...
Mercy is smart enough to realize that when it comes to the magical fae, the less you know, the better. But you can't always get what you want. When she attempts to return a powerful fae she previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.
It seems the book contains secrets - and the fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn't take enough of Mercy's attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side - leaving Mercy to cover for him lest his own father declare Samuel's life forfeit.
All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn't careful, she may not have many more...
The fifth book in the Mercy Thompson series wasn’t as strong plot-wise as some of the others in the series, but it was still an enjoyable read. It was a steady continuation of the world Patricia Briggs has created for these wonderful characters.
“I’m a coyote shapeshifter playing in a world of werewolves and vampires–outmatched is an understatement.”
It took a while for this book to really come into its own and reveal what it was about. What was ‘Silver Borne‘ and what did it have to do with Mercy, Adam or even any of the other characters we’ve come to meet throughout the series? For me, it was slower than the other Mercy Thompson books and this really impacted my interest when reading it. Silver Borne took a few days for me to get through which was a first regarding this series.
We have numerous plot points in this book to focus on; Sam’s dilemma with wanting to live/his wolf taking over, the Bounty Hunter, fae after Mercy and the disappearance of Phin and also the pack’s attempt to ruin Mercy and Adam’s relationship.
With all this going on, it was hard to see exactly what was going to be the focus. While all these things eventually revealed themselves, I had a difficult time shaking the thought that it was overly complicated for no reason. I would have enjoyed it much more if things had been more straightforward.
So what is Silver Borne? You could be forgiven for thinking it had something to do with the werewolves. Instead it’s got a lot to do with the book of fae half-fae bookseller Phin loaned Mercy previously. Once again Patricia Briggs surprised me by making something quite minor from an earlier book become a big plot point in another. It was a small facet of Silver Borne that I really appreciated.
That being said, I wasn’t really impressed by the explanation of everything. The fact that there was some ‘super fae weapon’ and that the gang had to venture into the underhill didn’t quite feel so ‘Mercy Thompson book’ for me. I don’t know; it just rubbed me the wrong way. The conclusion and ‘defeat’ of the villain was also way too convenient and abrupt. I was quite a bit let down by how everything played out.
“Pack is for comfort when you hurt, I thought, putting my head back down. And for the first time in a long time, maybe the first time ever, I appreciated being a part of one.”
The pack dynamics in Silver Borne, however, were quite interesting. Pack bonds, rivalry, loyalty and challenge made this a highlight for me.
Romance-wise, things with Mercy and Adam were a little shaky in this one due to the unrest within the pack. Things had been boiling over for a while, with the addition of a coyote into a werewolf pact, so I was glad to see that a confrontation was finally in the works. Things regarding Samuel and his love life also appeared in Silver Borne, which was a surprise. Although I don’t really favour him with Mercy, his fondness for the fae Ariana and their ‘history’ threw me a little for a loop. I couldn’t help but feel it was a little tacked on, and that Patricia Briggs thought that Samuel had to be squarely put away now that Mercy had ultimately chosen Adam.
With River Marked next on my list, I have to say I’m still excited to continue with this series. Silver Borne was probably my least favourite of the series so far in regards to plot, so I’m hoping it can only get better. Still, despite my misgivings about Silver Borne, I can’t hide my enthusiasm for these characters and the world Patricia Briggs has created for them.