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.