Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs
Just finished reading Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs which is No.5 of the series. Before we go any further – if you haven’t read the rest of the books STOP HERE! This will contain spoilers for the earlier books! (It might also contain spoilers for this book – you have been warned.)
Anyway, this book I felt took a change in direction, it was more pedestrian, if you want to put it that way or maybe, not quite as fast paced. But, in a good way. This series is really coming into it’s own. In every book you learn a little more and this book was brilliant for that. With Silver Borne we get a bit more insight into the whys and wherefores. Now, don’t be thinking that means this was a boring ride. None of this series could ever be accused of being boring and this installment is no different – it just didn’t feel quite as ‘life or death’ as some of the others which I think is a good thing – I needed to regroup.
Basically, with Silver Borne we get a little more insight into Mercy’s relationship with Adam and actually witness some of the vulnerability that both of them suffer. We still have Mercy dealing with the trauma of previous events and we get to see Sam finally be overtaken by his inner wolf -now this isn’t a surprise because it’s been building in previous books but it’s like we finally see a bit more into what really goes on – like two personalities sharing the same body! Plus, Mercy has to try and buy some time for him because if the rest of the weres find out, he’s toast!
On top of all this, back on to the scene, are the fey, in this installment looking for a precious object and wanting a bit of a chat with Mercy to try and locate it. We are talking about a fairly high ranking fey here, not to be scoffed at (but I’m not going to give it away totally). Long story short, there is werewolf drama provided by Sam and his recent turn of events and Mercy drama with people being kidnapped and in need of rescuing. We get to see Zee in person – and he’s pretty cool if I do say so myself! And, we find something of interest for Sam (which he totally deserves).
So, this series is so good and so well planned. I’m totally invested in the characters by now and lets face it – Mercedes is just brilliant (awesome if you will) and Patricia Briggs has built such a brilliant urban fantasy world. It’s dark and gritty, fast paced, full of characters (no Stefan in this addition – boo), got an amazing lead character, bit of romance, danger, etc, etc, need I go on?
Anyway, give it a try, for me the first one is not my favourite so I think you have to bear with it but from there onwards it just goes from strength to strength.