Review: Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

Posted April 1, 2014 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 7 Comments

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Review: Night Broken by Patricia Briggs
Night Broken

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Series: #8 Mercy Thompson
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Released on March 11, 2014
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
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Each new release in this series just fuels my addiction for more Mercy and the Mercy Thompson world.  Mercy’s back in an adventure that was a long time coming in ways.  Mercy is used to battling the big bad uglies that slink and ooze out of the shadows, but how will it be when she’s pitted again a petite, stunning perfect homemaker who engenders sympathy and a following from every one within her reach?  In this installment Mercy tackles Adam’s Ex and the creature she brings home with her along with a side of government and fey trouble to make stuff interesting.  I don’t know how Patricia Briggs’ does it, but there is nothing stale or worn out about her stories.  Each brings something new and exciting to the table along with another twist in Mercy’s complicated life.

This wasn’t as emotionally challenging for me when it came to certain aspects that I thought would be, but it hit me hard when I wasn’t looking for it.  I worried when I saw that Adam’s Ex, Christy, would be in the picture since I’m not a drama llama lover, but I shouldn’t have been.  Hey, this is Mercy we’re talking about.

“Zee’s insights into the problem with Beauclaire and the walking stick have showed me that I need to start thinking outside the box more,” I said.

“Oh?” Adam glanced at me and then back at the road.

“I thought we should apply that kind of thinking to the matter of Christy’s stalker.”

He gave me a skeptical look.

“No, really,” I said.  “Now that we know that Flores is really this nasty, fiery, nothing-can-kill-me demon from hell, maybe we should consider just giving Christy to him?”

He laughed.

“I’m serious,” I said.  And I was.  Really.  If only a little bit.  p. 185 Mercy and Adam from Night Broken

Mercy has faced many things.  Most recently that has been less external and more internal stuff like marriage, mating, a hostile pack, friends not being who and what she thought they were.  Now she must set aside her feelings about Christy and her worry that she will drive a deeper wedge between Mercy and the Pack to get rid of Christy’s dangerous stalker and deal with the threatening fae request to return the walking stick that she gave over to Coyote.  Christy’s stalker turns out not to be human and he will not be thwarted.  If Mercy can’t pull another miracle out of her bag of tricks then the danger and destruction will take everything she loves.  Coyote returns to ‘help’ her though with that sort of help…and Mercy must find a way to accept that this might be it.

“Safe is good,” I told him.  “Not all the time, no.  Sometimes though, it is better than water in the desert.” 

He made a rude noise.

I thought more about rules and werewolves.  I glanced over my shoulder, but I couldn’t see Honey’s house-or any other house for that matter.  Coyote was definitely doing something.  I hoped that Adam went right back to sleep and hadn’t heard me open the back door.  He’d be worried.

“Rules keep the people I love safe,” I said, thinking about Adam.  “It’s important to me that they are safe.”

He nodded, like I had said something smart.  Then he said, “And when rules don’t keep them safe, we break the rules.”  p. 243 Mercy and Coyote from Night Broken

There is a huge grand finale that had me nerved up and terrified the unthinkable would happen.  Mercy’s adventures tend to do that to me, but to be fair, they do it to her too.

I lay down on him and put my face in his neck, and if I cried, I didn’t show him my tears.  He ran his hands up and down my back until I could pretend that I hadn’t been crying.

“I suck at this,” I told him.  “I suck at words when they count.”

He smiled at me.  “I know”.

“I understand,” I told him.  “I understand why you have to go and why I have to stay.  I think that you are doing the right thing, the only thing you can do.  I wish…”  My stomach hurt and it would have been a kindness to put me out of my misery, but I wasn’t going to share that with Adam.

“I know,” he said.

“You weren’t supposed to get that.” I told him.

“I know that too,” he said, his voice tender.  “You should know that you can’t hide things from me.”

“Good,” I said, my voice fierce.  “Good.  Then you know, you know, I love you.”  p. 314 Mercy and Adam from Night Broken

Again, this book does a good job of introducing something new to the mix without deep-sixing the tried and true good stuff.  Her fascinating and continually growing paranormal lore just keeps growing each time without pushing too far or letting the old stagnate.  The strand of several good somethings that began with the first book runs true through even this latest.  Pack dynamics and relationships are still in play, time at the garage with Tad and her VWs, and time with other old acquaintances isn’t stinted on.  Other seemingly unrelated story lines and a murder mystery play their parts.  Ongoing development in Adam and Mercy’s relationship.  There is nothing about this story or series that I don’t like.

More of the same, please, Ms. Briggs!  Lovers of top shelf Urban Fantasies need to busy themselves to get these if they haven’t and Mercy fans are definitely in for more of the awesome.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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Gah I love this series. I’m a book behind though. So glad this one is awesome. I’m gonna have to try to get to them soon. I really do miss this group!

Sophia Rose
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I did love this one though I liked the last book better. I love so many of the dynamics in this series and I love all the characters. I have a soft spot for Warren and for Stefan. I was so shocked when lots of people got so upset at the way Mercy handled Adam’s Ex, Christy. I thought she was brilliant. I know my first instinct would have been to respond fast and hard to her behavior, but Mercy’s way took the wind out of her sails and made Mercy the class act. Plus she was thinking smart, she… Read more »

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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Yeah I;ve seen opinions on both sides. Sounds like I’ll like it though I’ll probably be cheering her to bring a smack down because I’m a little blood thirsty but Mercy yeah total class act. I hadn’t seen about the short stories. That’s awesome!

Sophia Rose
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Glad I could share the happy news. 😉

Sophia Rose
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Glad I could share the happy news. 😉

Sharonda Lowman
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lord in heaven, I love this series. I’m telling you Mercy and Adam are my favorite Paranormal couple. I have to read the one before this..Man, I can’t wait.

great review Sophia

Sophia Rose
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Oh the one before this had my heart pounding. It will be quite a switch to the tempo in this one most of the time.