Book Review: Night Broken, by Patricia Briggs

I discovered something this past week (30 Dec. 2014): when going out of town and intending to read books as one of my only forms of entertainment, pack a book for each day I’m vacationing. I went through my nightstand book pile like Edward Scissorhands through paper.

However, this also meant I finally got around to reading, Night Broken by Patricia Briggs!

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“When her mate’s ex-wife storms back into their lives, Mercy knows something isn’t right. Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions—she wants Adam back, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning the pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. As the bodies start piling up, she must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.” — Amazon

We get to meet Christy, Adam’s infamous ex-wife, for what I believe is the first time in the flesh. However, Christy also brought along a stalker and evidence increasingly points to the werewolf pack as being the only ones who could possibly help. Not to mention a Grey Lord showing up, and demanding Mercy hand over a particularly stubborn walking stick that seems to find its way back to Mercy like a boomerang with deadly accuracy and consistency. She also encounters someone who may prove to be an interesting addition to her life, and gets tangled up with Coyote all over again–yikes! She’s definitely a busy girl this time around, but she handles it marvelously.

One of the things I so enjoyed about this book, besides the ending with Christy (hah!), was the combination of poise and honesty with which Mercy handled her feelings toward Christy. The reactions and timeline of Mercy’s development in this regard were spot-on. At times you almost feel the need to grit your teeth or cringe, along with poor Mercy, every time Christy opens her mouth–not to mention when those in the pack who still like Christy, back her up.

On the Fae side of things we get an unreasonable demand from a Grey Lord for the walking stick, as well as some more information on what it is, or rather what the walking stick isn’t supposed to be doing. Having given it to Coyote, though, she’s not sure when or if she’ll be able to retrieve it, and telling a Grey Lord, ‘no,’ is a fast way to wind up dead. We also get some humorous interactions with Tad, and a look into his powers. We don’t get a firm conclusion on the Fae side of things, but that’s to be expected with their kind.

Which leads me into the vampires and their brief cameos. We get a little interaction with Wulfe and his crazy self, in addition to a secret of Stefan’s. In all honesty, while it ties into the story and creates a convenient plot device, or two, for the characters, it seems more like a set-up for some vampire drama in an upcoming book. If I end up wrong about that, then it really does equate to nothing more than; “We need these things to happen in the book, so we’ll create an interesting coincidence for these events.”

We get some heavy Mercy action in regards to the stalker and it’s a good way to let the pack know she’s not just Adam’s wife, but a legitimate, go-down-fighting member of the pack. She cares for the pack, even those who may not 100% care for her in return, and it shows in her interactions with all the pack members. Sure, she’s not above giving some tough love to those who need it, but the key word there is love.

All in all, I’ll give it 4.5/5 stars:

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My favorite parts of the book have to be Christy and Mercy’s interactions between each other, as well as Adam, the pack, and Jesse, and it’ll be interesting to see where that ends up if certain events happen. The Fae portions were spread out and tied in well to the timeline of events, as were the interactions with Coyote and the newcomer. The one thing that seemed a little more for writing convenience and possibly a later set-up for a book, were the vampires and their ‘help’. However, this did further the plot in a couple of spots and didn’t seem thrown in where nothing else might have fit, therefore only the reduction of half a star.
Patricia Briggs never fails to deliver with Mercy Thompson, and I can’t wait for the next one!

Author: lotwordsmiths

Hello, there! I'm Toni, and I've been writing and reading primarily fantasy stories most of my life. What really set me on the path to be a writer was my 6th grade English teacher, Mrs. Thomas, who told me she could see me as an author some day. I made Legends of the Wordsmiths to share my stories, and hopefully, (someday), the stories of others, too.!

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