It's hard to believe we're already up to book 10 in the
Thompson series by Patricia Briggs!
SILENCE FALLEN is another keeper for my Briggs shelf. I
can't get enough of the Tri-Cities supernaturals and the
Columbia Basin wolf pack. I re-read all of Briggs' books in
both the Mercy
Thompson series and the Alpha and
Omega series each year because I love them so much.
Briggs' worldbuilding is superlative, and the mix of humor,
fighting, and suspense is masterful.
Mercy Thompson is a coyote shapeshifter. Raised in a
pack of werewolves, she learned to compensate for her
smaller size and lesser superstrength by being sneaky, fast,
and using her smarts. She's also learned to compensate by
having a very smart mouth, which I adore! Mercy's mouth
often writes checks that her body struggles to cash, which
is part of the joy of reading Mercy books. When Mercy first
mated Adam, the alpha of Columbia Basin, his pack did not
accept her, thinking she would make them weak. Mercy has
proven herself and finally been accepted by all the wolves
as someone with undying loyalty and honor (and man, I wanted
to strangle them while they made up their minds about her in
the previous books). But now, Mercy is abducted from her
home territory and carted halfway around the world to
Europe. Her mate bond broken or blocked, Mercy manages to
escape her captors in coyote form. However, she's
penniless, naked, and without allies in a hostile foreign
Much of the book shows Mercy and Adam operating
independently, without any contact. The author shows up
things in a nonsequential format, and I must say I'm still
shaking my head as to why. Perhaps it is to heighten the
reader's sense of disorientation? We get individual
chapters written in either Adam's or Mercy's voice, with
events sometimes occurring at the same time. It's strange
to have them operating independently for so much of the
book, but it does not diminish my enjoyment of the story. I
love how more of the world is being drawn into the fight
between fae, vampires, wolves, and humans. Mercy's sphere
of concern has increased from the Tri-Cities, to the U.S.,
and now to include Europe as well. More shifting alliances
and enemies to juggle keeps the series fresh and lively.
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...