books Silver Borne By Patricia Briggs –

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 Booklist But she is about to learn that while some secrets are dangerous whose who seek them are just plain deadlyMercy 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

10 thoughts on “Silver Borne

  1. carol. carol. says:

    I don t recommend doing what Naomi and I did, which is read through the Mercy Thompson books back to back It becomes reasonably clear that the reader is getting roughly the same story with different covers I ve spent a lot of time considering this the series has many ardent fans, and I used to be among them I think it all depends on what one enjoys in a story, and how tolerant one is of repetition I d rate my tolerance somewhere in the middle, but only until the tipping point occurs, either through saturation or through pet peeve I think series like this are best enjoyed exactly as they occur published one at a time, a year in between Then the repeated explanations and summaries don t irritate, they only recall, taking on the cadence of storytelling, when the reader slips into the story world with the beginning long, long ago and far, far away Despite a reliance on folklore and fairy tales, the Mercy Thompson series is and remains a sanitized, muted version of those grim worlds The slavering wolf can actually control themselves, if they are old and really powerful The strange fae will probably help you if you amuse or respect them, but even the bad ones won t trap you for years, until your family has died off All you have to remember is no thanking There are scary vampires, but there s also one that wears t shirts and watches movies, and a sheep necklace can protect you None of the wolves go crazy despite frequent assertions that it can happen No one except bad guys are ripped apart Marsilia repents her actions The fae victims are let go The misguided humans are coached Almost everyone gets a chance to redeem themselves There s very little true evil No one even swears I note it because while it is one of the things I enjoy, that sense of ultimate goodness and happy endings, I also believe it explains part of the series popularity Unfortunately, familiarity also enables recognition of faults, and there are quite a few The overall series arc lacks a sense of coherency After reading through a number of the Briggs family posts, its clear that the series expanded to accommodate popularity and not out of an internal sense of story progression The first was written Blood Bound came about because the first did well, followed by a surprise contract to buy three books I d contrast this with another favorite, Ilona Andrews, who had a clear arc for a seven book series and a sense of where it was headed in both story and emotion The plotting to date in Mercy has been roughly the same for each book someone is imprisoned With Mercy s special powers, the group will save the day This is true in Moon Called Adam , Blood Bound Stefen, etc , Iron Kissed Zee , Bone Crossed Mercy and Silver Bourne spoiler Mercy The emotional plotting is also startlingly similar Mercy will have trouble trusting her affection for Adam After mistrusting him when she should not have, he will still support her and she will vow to trust him At the same time, one of the powerful people she loves is willing to sacrifice suicide Binge reading also draws attention to a narrative containing a lot of telling without showing Mercy will have asides in every book telling about her history, the fae reservation, werewolves, the wolves coming out and her relationships with Samuel and Adam Usually she will also explain Zee and the Grey Lords, and Stefen and the seethe I think this is generally forgivable to many readers as the familiarity echos the storytelling tradition, and the ritual of description, but again distance makes the heart grow fonder.But those are mostly academic issues What I ve found less personally enjoyable, and perhaps even less forgivable are the roles women have in the series Which is very little Mercy operates in a man s world, both figuratively and literally Mercy herself demonstrates no particular direct agency all of the plots start with her reacting to an event that happens to her genuine, unsuspecting little self The reader is quickly introduced to the idea that women associated with werewolf packs hate Mercy, and that becomes an ongoing theme through the series Even human women dislike Mercy, as Gabriel s mom Sylvia does The exception to agency is Blood Bound, where the evil and conniving Marsilia engineers an elaborate trap, although clearly she still hates Mercy I realized that even side characters are almost universally male with the exception of a couple of inscrutable fae The only exceptions being Mercy s mom who is never than a whirlwind in and out of the scene and Adam s daughter, Jesse I found it disappointing, particularly from a female author with girls of her own Silver Bourne was the gestalt for me, highlighting all the redundancies It comes as no surprise then, that a book lent to Mercy by a bookstore owner male may have other properties, and that the werewolves in the pack are still trying to break Adam and Mercy up Samuel is sick at heart and only his wolf saves him, and now Mercy must save his wolf Mercy s home is targeted Someone is kidnapped and Mercy must save them, and Adam endures several challenges Samuel s depression plot was solved very easily and tritely by L U V, which I thought disappointing after the complicated emotional fallout of the rape back in Iron Kissed. It was the last book of the series I bought, back in the day when I was silly enough to still auto buy authors Three and a half redundancies, rounding down because that s what I did last time.

  2. Alex is The Romance Fox Alex is The Romance Fox says:

    Patricia Briggs does not disappoint us in Silver Borne, the 5th book in her fabulous Mercy Thompson Series We continue following Mercy s life and the world that she lives in trouble always follows her as she throws herself into saving or helping her friends This story goes deeper into the secretive and dark and dangerous fae world Mercy has something that the fae want back a book she had borrowed from a fae friend, who is in danger because of that She finds herself being contacted by the Fae Queen, demanding the return of their valuable book In between trying to find her fae friend, she another problem thrown at her by Adam s wolf pack, who are most unhappy about her Adam making her part of his pact without their consent But Adam is not backing down He s committed to Mercy and no matter what is pack thinks, says or do She s his mate and that will never change I love the chemistry between Adam and Mercy Their connection is unbreakable and I like seeing their relationship grow instead of having that insta love thing The world building and the characters are so well developed that makes it so real and believable.I just love this series.My favorite quote

  3. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    Still love

  4. Maria V. Snyder Maria V. Snyder says:

    I flew through this in 3 days Love Adam sigh

  5. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    3.5 stars This was a decent book as part of the ongoing Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series, and worth reading for those who are already into this series, but not one of my favorites in this series It combines two or three plotlines First, we have Mercy s ongoing issues with her failure to be fully accepted by her mate Adam s werewolf pack, which become Adam s issues This leads to some insurrection in the ranks and a series of mixed martial arts fights for position and rank in the pack, including that of the Alpha The disclosure of the conspiracy and the martial arts fights were interesting reading Briggs said she worked with her husband to write the fight scenes in as authentic a way as possible, and it shows Unfortunately, this continuing plot about the pack s issues with Mercy has passed its Sell By date, for my money We re kind of treading water here now.Second, there s the Silver Borne artifact plot A special book was loaned to Mercy by a bookstore owner in a previous book, and when she tries to return it, the bookstore is closed, the owner is missing, and Mercy is worried about him This ties into the third plotline, a personal crisis that Mercy s old friend Samuel is having He s at the end of his rope emotionally, and his wolf Sam the werewolf half of his personality takes over their body to prevent a crisis but that s only a temporary solution So Mercy has three problems, all of which are hitting the boiling point.My favorite part of the book was the Sam Samuel part the werewolf politicking and fighting would have been fun if it were fresh The Silver Borne artifact part of the plot wasn t at all memorable.

  6. Helen 2.0 Helen 2.0 says:

    Same old, same old I love Mercy but these books are starting to show a clear pattern I wish PB would shake up her plotlines a little with something or someone fresh.

  7. Jamie Collins Jamie Collins says:

    I can t deny that I read this book in one sitting, and that the narrative was absorbing Briggs is a good writer But by the next morning, all I could think of were complaints I suspect I ll be in the minority in disliking this, though.There s no Stephan at all Maybe the author thinks everybody is sick of vampires I m not I m sick of the damned Fae Their presence has ruined this series for me They re too otherworldy and overly magical for the kind of urban fantasy I enjoy I ve always liked Zee pretty well, but I disliked extremely the whole long sequence with the Fae towards the end of this book The previous book revolved around the Fae also, but at least it had a better overall plot than this one.I don t like that Briggs has made her werewolves have split personalities I can see that a werewolf would think of himself as having a different identify when he transforms, but to give the inner wolf an actual separate personality is taking that too far And while I usually like pack dynamics, they were fairly pathetic here.Finally, I didn t like the pat resolution to the Samuel problem I felt unsatisfied and disappointed at the end of this book, and I won t be jumping to buy the next one as soon as it releases.

  8. Felicia Felicia says:

    I really enjoyed this book My passion for this sub genre has been waning because there has been SO much of it out there, but Mercy is one of the originals, and a really good heroine, working class, compassionate and never perfect I think I actually enjoyed this installment in the series better than the last, the characters were really fleshed out, the mystery was well plotted Nothing HUGE happens, but being comfortable with the world and the other characters is nothing to sniff at Enjoyable, and all in all still one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series

  9. Angela Angela says:

    February 2018 Reread Buddy read with Sarah and Erica.February 2017 Re readJanuary 2016 Re read Buddy read with SarahThis is probably one of my favorite books in the series I always love the ones that deal with the fae a little bit than the others And this one definitely has the fae in spades Beyond that we really get to delve into the issues that Adam s been having in his Pack I like that things don t magically get better, but that it takes work and figuring out the problem to get to a solution Samuel What can I say about Samuel He breaks my heart in this book I didn t always love him, but I always wanted him around He wasn t for Mercy, but he was an amazing person and wolf I still cry when I read a great many of Sam s storyline in this book.My one complaint, and overall it s fairly minor, and probably something we just didn t see the consequences of is view spoiler her taking Jesse into Elphame And then the fact that it was never brought up again Adam never mentioned it Yes, Jesse was ultimately safe, but Mercy knew before taking her in that she was putting Jesse at risk And I hate that it s never, ever mentioned or anything hide spoiler

  10. Emma Emma says:

    Another great instalment This book involved the fae and the vamps didn t even get a bit part It s interesting that when I read the first book in this series, I was almost put off continuing by all the werewolf politics Here in book 5, there is a lot of werewolf politicking, but now that I m happily ensconced in the series, it was interesting to read.