Genres: Urban Fantasy
Released on March 11, 2014
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.
[quote]”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?”
“I’m serious,” I said. And I was. Really. If only a little bit. p. 185 Mercy and Adam from Night Broken[/quote]
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.
[quote]”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[/quote]
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.
[quote]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[/quote]
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.