A Mercy Thompson Novel, #10
By Patricia Briggs
Read by Lorelei King and George Newbern
A Mercy Thompson Novel
Category: Urban Fantasy | Paranormal Romance | Audiobooks
Mar 07, 2017 | 11 Hours
(Print from Penguin Random House/ACE)
Audiofiles provided by Penguin Random House for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
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…
This is more urban fantasy than romance, as the romantic partners are in a long standing relationship, married and don’t doubt each other. I think, since it involves kidnapping, it is more a suspense/thriller as we wait for one of them to rescue the other.
In this particular novel, published shortly after Patricia Briggs lost her husband very suddenly, she explores the connection of the pack/family bond and how, in a parallel to people without metaphysical powers, it can offer strength and comfort. The more pack energy to feed on, the better chances Adam will have to rescue Mercy. I hope Patricia and her family were able to draw on the strength of family, friends and her many fans in this difficult time.
Patricia Briggs also does some of the most incredibly complex and subtle political plotting I have read in this genre. Beyond who does what to whom, she looks at motivation and history. At the same time, Mercy and Adam stay remarkably consistent characters; both radiate heroic goodness and honesty in all aspects of their lives and are extremely likable.
I am seeing everything as political these days. This book goes beyond to offer hope in the form of friends and family.
Much of the book takes place in Europe, especially Prague, so she also did a lot of research into Czech history and mythology going back as far as the middle ages and as recently as WWII to bring the story to life. Expanding on the age, experiences and mythos of the characters in the series she gives us a big surprise twist.
This book also offers us the story partly in Adam’s voice as well as Mercy’s and both do a great job with the characterizations of the other. The parts are also not linear; it could have been confusing, but realizing this Briggs offers a time line notation with each change.
I listened to the book twice and enjoyed it both times. It advances Adam’s and Mercy’s story, and shows the pack has finally come to fully accept Mercy and that in inadvertently starting the protective coalition in the series book preceding this one she may very well be changing the shape of the paranormal world.
I highly recommend this story!
PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE AUDIO: http://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/318260/silence-fallen/