Review: Night Broken by Patricia Briggs
by Patricia Briggs Series: Mercy Thompson #8 Published by Penguin Published on:
March 11, 2014 Genres: Urban Fantasy
, Werewolves Pages:
352 Format: ARC Source: NetGalley
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series has been hailed as “one of the best” (Fiction Vixen). Now, Mercy must deal with an unwanted guest—one that brings a threat unlike anything she’s ever known.
An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.
Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.
Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s stalker is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.
When I first began reading this book I couldn’t help but cringe at the ex-wife story line; Adam and Mercy are one of my absolute most favourite paranormal couples, so I wasn’t thrilled at the prospect of Briggs rocking their relationship’s boat. And admittedly, I did spend the initial chapters of this novel feeling skeptical about the story’s direction, and wishing that Thompson would stop being the bigger woman and finally wipe that stupid smile off Christy’s face with her fist. However, once the stalker’s true motivations come to light things really pick up, and NIGHT BROKEN is transformed into a un-puttable-down read whose ending you’ll need at least a full day to recover from.
Patricia Briggs continues to amaze me with the phenomenal character development that’s present throughout this series, and this installment was no different. I loved watching Mercy and Adam deal with one of the biggest (non life-threatening) challenges that their relationship has faced to date. Thompson’s mixed feelings about Christy are obvious and completely understandable, but I loved how she refused to stoop to the ex-wife’s level. Mercy’s confidence and unwavering faith in her and Adam’s bond was further proof that paranormal couples are
capable of maintaining a healthy marriage. Also, however much I despised having Hauptman’s ex play a role in this book, I thought that the author did a bang up job of making Christy the character you just love to hate.
I found the first half of this novel to be a little on the slow side, mostly because of the necessity of Briggs having to develop the ex-wife’s boyfriend story line before being able to progress to the meat of NIGHT BROKEN’s plot. I was happy to see Coyote back for another round of mischief, and that Mercy’s Native American heritage continues to play a more important role as this series evolves. I enjoyed the mythology surrounding Guayota and his tibicena, and Laughingdog’s input on walkers added a few extra pieces to the MERCY THOMPSON puzzle.
Honey really surprised me in this installment; I thought she’d be president of the Christy fan club, but instead she’s actually one of Mercy’s biggest supporters. So, even though she might not like
having a coyote as alpha, Honey respects Thompson’s place within the pack. I especially loved the scene where she makes all of the werewolves watch Mercy’s fight with Flores over-and-over again for “instructional purposes”, with Christy in tow. Samuel, Stefan, Wulfe and Tad are fabulous secondary characters, and I was pleased to see them out in full force in this book. Joel and Zack were also interesting additions to the Pack, and I’m really beginning to love that darned walking stick!
The ending is rather shocking and… abrupt, but I’m sure that it’ll all make sense in due time. One thing is for certain after this installment; Mercy is definitely proving to be a force to be reckoned with in her own right—North American pack alpha aside. NIGHT BROKEN made me cringe, cry, and pump my fists with delight; Briggs is at the top of her game!
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