July 21, 2011

Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

excerpt here
Series: Mercedes Thompson 5
Format: Hardbound
Release Date: March 30, 2010
Purchase Link: Amazon

When mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson attempts to return a powerful Fae book she'd previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.

It seems the book contains secret knowledge-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 Sam's life forfeit.

All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn't careful, she might not have many more to live.

My favorite coyote shifter is up to her neck in pack politics and fae business. Mercy is slowly embracing the pack as her own however that same bond that she shares with them is laced with resentment and hostility from other pack members aimed at her and her relationship with their Alpha. Still working her way around the magic, Mercy finds herself having compulsions that will put a wedge between her and Adam, threatening their relationship and the stability of the Pack.

But typical of Mercy, one conflict is not enough for her, trouble just seems to follow our heroine. Soon enough she's embroiled in a hostage situation involving a Fae Queen and an artifact that was supposedly handed over to Mercy. But her adbuction is a blessing in disguise, her confinement helped her to appreciate Adam's pack, the strength that they lend her and ultimately the indomitable tie that binds her and the Alpha together.

Typical of a young relationship, it tends to be wobbly and Adam and Mercy are no different. They battle it out because Mercy just refuse to be dominated by Adam's protective instincts. I love reading parts where they argue, the passion between them is so palpable I can almost feel it through the pages, Adam is just so magentic, his masculinity is well defined in Briggs pages. I'm all for feminism and independence but when he calls Mercy Mine I swear I just melted on the spot. It may go against several tenets of women's lib but there is just something so organic about being claimed and laying claim on someone.

There is also some minor complication with Samuel and his wolf, he wants to die but the wolf wants to survive. There is this scene where Mercy was quoting Dylan Thomas and Samuel responded with Shakespeare with the hopes of convincing him to fight and keep on living. I gave out a small sob on this part because for the past 4 books Samuel is just so lost. He doesn't want to fit in, he has somehow given up on his dreams and he is so tormented by loneliness that when it suddenly came to a point where he attempted suicide it just got to me.

This is one of the reasons why I'm so into this series, Briggs just understands the virtue of building up the story to a crescendo to the point that you're on the edge then she pulls you back and the descent is just as exciting. She will make sure that she got your attention to the point where her claws are just gripping you and you have no other choice but to ride it out her way be it in tears or joyous laughter.

This series just keeps getting better and better. I don't mind the lack of descriptive love scenes that is typical in a paranormal romance novel for adults (I take back all the rants I posted previously) because Adam Hauptman's genteel but tough persona  makes up for it. I promise I was giggling like a school girl and squealing with delight over this formidable Alpha.

I wonder who the inspiration is behind Adam Hauptman.

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