Silver Borne – Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #5)
March 30, 2010
Hardcover, 320 Pages
Reviewed by Mandi
Why I read: One of my favorite series!!! I love Mercy and Adam.
Favorite Quote: There is something incredibly arousing about being wanted. I pulled my hand back and sucked in a deep breath. “Adam,” I said.
Mercy has two important men in her life. She is in love with her mate and head werewolf, Adam Hauptman, and worried about her roommate, Samuel. Samuel is the Marrok’s son, and outranks Adam, but is not part of his pack, which causes some tension between the two men. Samuel is very old (although never ages due to being a werewolf) and very tired in life. Mercy knows he has been struggling with these issues, and doesn’t know how to help him. She is currently letting him stay with her, as she is not quite ready to move into Adam’s house, although he lives right next door. Mercy is not a werewolf, but a coyote shifter, but she is also part of Adam’s pack. This doesn’t necessarily make her welcome to all the wolves. She is also getting used to her inconsistent mate bond with Adam, having him being able to read her thoughts and vice versa. So she feels, not moving in yet is a good plan at the moment.
Adam is willing to concede…for now. Mercy knows eventually she will have to face the pack, and her reservations. Mercy gets a call from Tad, the son of her good friend Zee, who is fae. Tad received a message from a friend Phin, that Mercy has to “take care of that thing I gave her.” Mercy remembers she borrowed a book from Phin on the history of Fae, and she sets off to return it to him as she tries to solve his message. Problem is, no one can find Phin and there are suspicious fae being evasive.
While Mercy starts to worry about Phin, she gets a call from Samuel, or from his wolf I should say. Samuel, the person, tries to commit suicide, and the wolf takes over, not wanting to die. In most cases, Samuel would be put down immediately due to the violence a wolf in control is capable of, but Mercy decides to give Samuel a chance. Now she has a possibly violent wolf, a fae book with a lost owner, and a lover who is just a bit overprotective of her.
Mercy Thompson is one of my favorite heroines and she continues to be at the top of my list after Silver Borne. I love her spirit, and how she handles all the political maneuverings of the alphas in her life. She is independent, yet fiercely loyal to those she loves. I read these book more for her relationship with Adam and the politics within the werewolf clan than for the mystery. I will say though I think the mystery in this book is probably my least favorite out of all the books. It just didn’t feel as fleshed out or intriguing than the previous ones. However, like I said, I read it more for the werewolf interactions and we get a lot of that in this book.
We see Mercy and Adam in love. There are some very tender moments between these two, which is a wonderful change from the unbearable sexual tension Patricia Briggs put us through in the first four books. After they have a little miscommunication:
“Do you have any idea how much I love you?” he asked.
”Enough to accept my apologies?” I suggested in a small voice.
”Heck no,” he said, and pushed off from the wall, stalking forward.
When he reached me, he put his hands up and touched the sides of my neck with the tips of his fingers – as if I were something fragile.
”No apologies from you,” he told me, his voice soft enough to melt my knees and most of my other parts.
We not only see Mercy in love, but we see a very vulnerable side of Adam. Fear that Mercy might one day decide to walk away from him. We find her reassuring the big bad alpha, that he is hers. “Mine” is used very often when Mercy thinks of Adam. And thank you to Patricia Briggs for the last few pages in the book. For as tender as Adam is throughout, the last few pages – the real wolf comes out to play.
Sam plays a very big part in this book as well. Sam is at the end, and Mercy refuses to let him go..but she has no idea how to bring him back. I felt like the way he is recovered is a bit rushed. It doesn’t happen until the very end, so I am sure it will be explored in the next book more, but I would have liked to have more page time devoted to his recovery, especially since it is built up in the book so much.
Silver Borne and the entire Mercy Thompson series is fabulous. Patricia Briggs can write werewolves with such subtle nuances, that make them have such a real feel. They are brutal and have a wild, violent side, yet their human side can be so vulnerable. She is really a remarkable writer. If you have not read this series, start with Moon Called, book one in the series. One of my favorite books I have read.