Monday, March 6, 2017

Early Review: Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10) by Patricia Briggs

Title: Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10) 
Author: Patricia Briggs 
Publisher: Berkley 
Source: Publisher 
Expected Publication Date: March 7th, 2017 
Pre-order: Amazon | B&N 

Summary: In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy's bond with the pack and her mate is broken, she'll learn what it truly means to be alone...

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe...

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise...

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Beginning a brand new book, in which you meet new characters and learn a whole new world, is a wonderful experience; but for this reader, there is nothing that compares to sinking back into a favorite series that I know and love so dearly it’s as though I’m visiting my best friends and catching up since our last visit. For me, that is the world of Mercy Thompson. By now, I am very familiar with their politics, rules, pack members, seethe members, and the backstories of every character. I know who I like, who I fear, who I love, who owns my heart, and who I should but can’t stop thinking about. When I began reading Silence Fallen, it was this incredible, comforting, easy feeling… then Ms. Briggs does what she does best, and I was on the edge of my seat and wondering what my Mercy was going to do next. What a thrill ride! I absolutely devoured this storyline. The pacing was perfect and the plot brilliant while running me through a gamut of emotions that I’ve come to expect and love from this author.

If you know Mercy, then you know trouble finds her wherever she may go. Including a nightly run to the 24-hour convenience store to pick up eggs and chocolate chips for the cookies she’s making for the pack. But Mercy is injured in an attack and abducted. When she awakes, she finds she has been taken by the “Big Bad” (extra points for those who get the Buffy reference), aka the most powerful and dangerous vamp there is. He has plans that involve using her to get to Adam, for starters. So Mercy does what she does best and ruins those plans with an escape. But now that she can take in her surroundings, she realizes she is in Europe with no passport, no money, no way to call home – and even the pack bonds aren’t working right. Oh, and she’s naked. Of course.

I won’t divulge anything else plot-wise, so I will share that my favorite character – other than, of course, Mercy, Adam, and Stefan – in this installment was probably Matt Smith (who is not the doctor). He was a wonderful and surprising addition. ;)

This is where I would tell you that I read this in one sitting… but it’s Mercy. Of course I did! I always do. I suspect it’s either pack magic, or a vampire’s kiss, or fae glamour, or maybe Elizaveta’s witchcraft that makes it impossible for me to put these books down once I pick them up. Or maybe – and I’m definitely leaning toward this one – it’s the wizardry that is Patricia Briggs that makes me forgo a night’s sleep and turns me into a word hostage. Twists, turns, and the usual dose of fun, romance, and charm are exactly what Silence Fallen embodies. The new setting is fantastic, and the author’s writing had me completely captivated.

Sometimes I read books that thrill/scare me and leave me with my heart pounding; other times, I read books that leave me curled in a corner sobbing; and some stories leave me feeling pensive. But it is this series that has never, no matter what took place between the pages, left me feeling melancholy. I always have the biggest, goofiest grin on my face when I reach the end. Though I will always be left wanting more visits – because these characters are family – I can’t recall a series that has ever left me feeling so sated and just plain happy. These, along with the graphic novels and the Alpha & Omega series, are my go-to, auto-buy, comfort-read, must-have, must-read books. Silence Fallen is an incredible addition to the series and may be one of my favorite installments so far. Fans of the series won’t be disappointed, and new readers will have something incredible to look forward to.

A huge thank-you to Berkley for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 
  
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18 comments:

  1. I cant wait until I finally read these and fall in love with them the way you have. I just know I am going to love Mercy. She sounds so fun and feisty. Great review!

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    1. I can hardly wait for you to dive into this series so we can gush about every book and every character! You're going to love them so much! <3

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  2. I loved this book too. I was comfort reading for me. I finished wanting to know way more about Matt Smith and I have been kicking myself for not reading Alpha and Omega sooner, I have it on hold at the library can't wait to get it. Have a wonderful week, my friend.

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    1. Oh, you are going to adore the Alpha & Omega series - Charles is just *sah-woony*. And if you haven't read it already, I highly recommend Shifting Shadows. The story Silver will give you insight into some of the characters you are most curious about ;) The other short stories are wonderful, and you can find the timeline where each one fits in on the author's website. I love them! Thank you, Heidi -- hope your week is fabulous :)

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  3. this is seriously the 5th review I read for this book today, everyone decided to post it today, kind of amused. Anywho, it's awesome that you blew threw it and enjoyed it. Her writing seemed to have gotten better as the books went on so that's exciting, especially this being book 10.

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    1. Yep, we all got together and planned it. Figured we needed to make sure people understood just how AMAZING this book is. Haha! Her writing is fabulous, and this is definitely my favorite so far :)

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  4. I loved Matt Smith and thought the time-line was fantastic. Great review my friend!

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    1. Yes! And I loved the timeline, too -- her "friends" made her do it, lol! I just want to read it all over again. Thanks so much, lovely lady <3

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  5. Wow, book ten. o_o Patricia Briggs is one of the many "big" authors in urban fantasy and paranormal whose books I want to try (like Jeanine Frost, Jennifer Ashley, Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews... ahhhh!). It sounds like this author knows how to write a story that will take you through a range of emotions. I'm glad you enjoyed this one, Michele!

    Excellent review! Have a great week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Ten can seem daunting, too, when just starting a series. I didn't read this series until there were already eight books out, and I found that a little overwhelming... but I flew through them. They are just so good, and they make you feel good. I highly recommend starting with this author, Alyssa :) Thanks so much! Hope your week is great!

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  6. I've read at least three reviews, including yours. All says AMAZING things about this book and the series. I'm hooked!! Thanks for sharing this. Awesome review. Cant wait to read this. :-D

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    1. Same here! I haven't heard a single negative thing about this book (and I wouldn't believe it if I did) :) This series is such a fun read, and this book is just brilliant. Thank you so much, Geybie - I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it :)

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  7. Anonymous3/07/2017

    Ahh Michele i know how much you love these books!! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one too, I can't wait to start these (: Great review!! -Jamie

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    1. Thank you, Jamie! Can't wait for you to start this one so we can discuss it ;)

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  8. Well, you've done it again. You've made me run off and one-click this one. I'm not surprised. Haha ;) You know this author is a favorite of mine, too, and I can't wait to catch up on these so I can start this one! Amazing review, lovely<3

    xx Miki

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    1. Yes! My work here is done! lol All hail the power of the one-click! I'm so excited for you to catch up and read this installment. I'll be waiting for your feedback (read: gushing and swooning) Thank you, Miki :)

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  9. Anonymous3/07/2017

    I tried these once before and I struggled with them. I ended up giving up on the fourth book. But maybe I should give them another shot, this one does sound awfully good. Thanks for the review.

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    1. Struggle no more! Even though I've enjoyed every installment, I have heard other readers comment that the books get better and better. Definitely try again! Do it for Mercy! Do it for shirtless werewolves and hot vampires everywhere! lol Thank you ;)

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