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Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson) Hardcover – 30 Mar 2010

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; 1 edition (30 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044101819X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441018192
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.4 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 528,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia Briggs graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German. She worked for a while as a substitute teacher but now writes full time. Patricia Briggs lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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A fast-paced adventure featuring the ingenious and appealing Mercy Thompson - mechanic, trouble-magnet and coyote shapechanger. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Patricia Briggs graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German. She worked for a while as a substitute teacher but now writes full time. Patricia Briggs lives in the Pacific Northwest. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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This is the 5th book in Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. Mechanic and coyote skinwalker Mercy Thompson is used to getting in trouble with bigger, badder supernaturals than herself. She lives next door to, and dates, local alpha werewolf Adam Hauptman, works with a Fae and is friends with a vampire. She knows how dangerous the Fae can be, she's met with two of their leaders before. But why she seems to being targeted by them now, she doesn't know.

If playing the Fae's deadly games wasn't enough, Samuel, Mercy's roommate and long time friend, is in trouble. He's an old wolf, living as a lone one in Adam's territory. Being close to Mercy was supposed to help him, but now the depression that's been plaguing him for months suddenly worsens. Mercy doesn't know how to help him, keep him safe from Adam, and deal with the Fae at the same time. But Mercy hasn't survived in a wolfs world without being stubborn and learning a thing or two about keeping herself alive.

I completely loved this book. The whole series is fantastic, but this book is quite possibly my favourite of the series so far. Mercy is still dealing with what happened to her at the end of Iron Kissed (book 3) and Adam is doing his best to help her with that. Their relationship has grown slowly, carefully and I love it. There is something very real about their relationship. I also really love Adam's teen aged daughter, Jesse. She's smart and sassy and we get to see more of her in this book, showing how much she's got in common with her dad. I love the easy friendship she and Mercy share and how Jesse deals with all the werewolves, being only human too.

We learn a fair bit more about pack bonds and mate bonds through this book, as well as pack structure.
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I agree with others who have said this was the best in the series so far. It's certainly my favourite. I think what I loved most was that loose ends which had been on going for a few books were tied up.

Like Sam. This was really his book. For a while now he's been on the edge and it was finally addressed in this one. For Sam fans, this will blow your mind. Through him we also learn a lot about what being a werewolf is like.

It also concentrated more on Adam and Mercy's growing relationship. It's been a lovely slow build but this book took it even deeper.

The "bad guy" is back to the fae. Always a thrilling pleasure. Mercy has something they want, but must not let them get. She not only has to keep it safe, but look out for her friends, and herself.

This is a good example of an excellent urban fantasy novel. One of the best I've read in a while and I'm so looking forward to the next one. Fans won't be disappointed and newcomers have some incentive to read the rest of the series first! You'll enjoy the series if you like Ilona Andrews, Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison etc.
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By PJ Rankine TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 April 2010
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Yep, it was that good. I took it to work with me and ended up reading the ending stuck in traffic on the way home. Patricia Briggs is a highly skilled wordsmith and her writing will keep you turning those pages till the end. A lot of authors by the time they get to the fifth book in a series have given up on the casual reader and write for their fans but Briggs is far better than that. The story grips you from the word go and plunges you straight into Mercy's world but all the way through she feeds the reader little titbits designed to fill you in with just enough back story to make sense to the casual reader and hopefully tempt them to go back to the start of the series. The vampires are missing from this book although they do get mentioned. This story is about the fae and the wolves, in particular the problems of Samuel, and both threads are beautifully interwoven. This is a book for readers of both sexes and the requirements of both are artfully met. There is just the right balance of relationship material to excitement and thankfully no lurid sex scenes. The violence is tempered and appropriate, the fae well researched and the characters believable. Like the previous reviewer; who's synopsis was so good that I didn't need to repeat it, I can't wait for the next one.
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I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK.

This is book five in the Mercy Thompson series and in my opinion, the best one of the series so far. Deeply satisfying. This was just brilliant in every way from the first page to the last. There are simply no words to express how good this book was and how much I enjoyed it. It might sound a little bit like I'm gushing but you what, I am and I don't care. I went into this book looking forward to it sure, but I wasn't quite so happy with the ending of the last book and there were some things I just did not like in book three, so I was really hoping it was going to make me feel a whole lot better about Mercy, Adam, the pack, the future of the series.

Well it did that in spades. If you follow the series you will already know the background and the story so far, and this has been covered by the other reviewer, so I'll not waste your time by repeating it. If you are reading this review, not having read the previous four books in the series, and thinking it sounds great, well it IS great, but please stop reading any spoilery information and go read the other four books first. You will appreciate and enjoy this one so much more if you do!

In a lot of ways this is Samuel's book and I just loved the way the author handled that situation. It was just brilliant, scary, sad, worrying, funny, heart-breaking and ultimately rewarding. But of course it is Mercy's series and she does take centre stage and quite rightly, so it's also about the continuation of her relationship with Adam and the pack, relationships with her friends and with the fae.
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