Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Brilliance Audio
Released on March 11, 2014
It was bound to be. The build up was subtle and without this being a re-read, I wouldn’t have seen it as inevitable, but the close encounter between Mercy and Christy, Adam’s Ex, arrives at last. Of course, it couldn’t just be a good old fashioned female squabble- this is Mercy. She doesn’t play those games and she doesn’t play it by the rules which is why a supernatural stalker, hounds from hell, a bloody serial killer, a demanding fae lord, and more family secrets push Christy lower and lower on Mercy’s to-do list.
Night Broken is the eighth installment in the series of closely-tied urban fantasy adventures for Mercy Thompson. I will say what I said in my review for Frost Burned. Readers should treat both the Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series not separately, but as one world of stories because the parallel series start referencing events from each other and sharing crossover characters. The events of Fair Game and one of the chief characters play a role in one of the main story threads in Night Broken.
This is my second time through Night Broken and I realized just how much I had forgotten, but also how much I remembered. Up until this re-listen, I would have sworn that book three was my favorite of the series. Pretty sure this one rivals it.
I can always count on Patricia Briggs for taking overdone tropes and elements and making me laugh at the outcome. Come on, the ex? We’ve all dreaded and eye-rolled our way through those in romances. I love that the author timed it well. Mercy had to go through all that was in her past and grow solid with Adam as her mate and things with the pack, but she didn’t know how much she had grown, and neither did we, until she faces off against pretty, perfect, manipulating Christy with her eyes open, her brain switched on, and her mature, sterling character shining bright. Of course, she’s jealous and hurt, and scared that Christy will take back what Mercy had to work hard to gain, but under these tired, knee-jerk responses to Christy’s antics she has a mate she shares deep love with, a step-daughter who is loyal and has the capacity to love and understand about things, and true friends who give her the support she needs.
Speaking of friends and support, Mercy finds more family in Gary Laughingdog. I had forgotten so it was doubly neat to see Mercy’s first encounter with another coyote walker and how, so Mercy-like, she draws this beaten-down quirky soul into her circle. They both are an interesting enough event to draw Coyote’s notice.
And, the villain of our piece is an interesting myth come to life from the Canary Islands. Have I mentioned before just how much I adore Patricia Brigg’s way of expanding her world and making each twist and turn in the plot riveting because something or someone unexpected is around the bend?
This is also where Joel and Zach enter. Aha. I read them in the last few releases and couldn’t remember how they came to be part of the overall cast of characters. And, Joel’s fate, does leave one intrigued for what is to come after this one.
Lorelei King can’t be stumped. Whether it’s a German accented Fae, an Italian accented Vampire, or a fiery Hispanic Emergency Police Operator, she nails it. So much more colorful and emotional getting this series on audio.
In summary, my re-listen left me laughing, crying, and sighing, but also swooning, startled, or smiling. Night Broken had me completely entranced. Onward I go further into Mercy Thompson’s world.
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