Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Penguin Random House Audio
Released on March 30, 2010
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
I pressed forward with our monthly group reading of the Mercy Thompson series with Mercy tangling with werewolf pack politics, a tricky mate bond, and the even trickier fae, but Mercy is coyote so she finds a way along a path with danger on every side.
Silver Borne is the fifth of the Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series that are all tightly connected so must be read/listened to in order.
In a previous adventure, Mercy required the use of a special fae book that explained fae artifacts and legends. Now, the owner of that book has disappeared and there are suddenly fae interested in the book, in her, and maybe in the werewolves. It is never good to draw this sort of interest, but Mercy is determined to help find Finn if he is in danger and keep his book safe.
A date with Adam leads to a horrible evening in which Mercy discovers that someone or several someones in the pack are actively trying to sabotage her mating with Adam because they can’t stand a coyote in the pack. It is not surprising, but it is painful to feel that her very presence is tearing apart Adam’s pack and making her really work through her past hang-ups and her present difficulties and decide if she will stand or step aside.
But, that’s not all, Samuel’s shaky hold on life starts to fracture and she is left caring for a dear friend who is hanging by a thread. If she can’t help him find a way, the Marrok or Adam will have to put him down.
Mercy’s plate is overflowing as usual and that was before someone else she loves goes missing.
Silver Borne is one I read immediately after it first released, but is also the beginning of the books in the series that I have not re-read. This is the place I was excited to get to in our series group read. I vaguely remembered events, but it was exciting to settle in for a story I couldn’t remember specifics. Getting it in audio was also a wonderful treat as usual.
I was struck by what Mercy had to face well and beyond her own issues with pack in this one. She really had to decide if Adam was worth all that she would have to face and deal with let alone her adjustments to a mating bond that still prickles with invasiveness and panic attacks while recovering from being raped. Added to this, she has a close loved one attempt suicide just like her foster father did when she was young. She had more than her fill of personal struggles and this could have been off the charts angsty, but it was beautiful handled and was just the right level of angst and introspection helped by some great suspense and urban fantasy action.
Just when it seems its safe to get comfortable with the Mercy Thompson world, the author paints in more details like she does with fae lore in this one. I loved the Silver Borne story and my heart ached for the heroine. It was lovely to see how that story wove in with Samuel’s past. And, let me just say that Zee in his true form and in action as the Dark Smith gets me every time.
The hours flew by as I got happily lost in Lorelei King’s rendition of Silver Borne. She masterfully commands the story and its cast of characters.
I finished and felt sated and happy after all Mercy’s struggles and her fight to see her come out on the other side. Some of my favorite Adam and Mercy moments. I’m itching to plunge ahead into the next book, but I will try to be patient and read/listen to others until I can snatch up River Marked.
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