by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #8
Published by: Penguin on March 11, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. 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 ex 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.
It is no secret that I am a fan of this urban fantasy series and I devoured Night Broken the eighth book in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series. A strange threat, an ex-wife and another coyote-shifter made for an interesting read. Of course getting more snuggle time with Adam is always a plus. Mini review: monster myths, digs, banter and danger abound.
When Adam’s ex-wife, Christy calls on the run from her latest boyfriend Mercy’s world is about to get turned upside down. With Christy living in the den things are about to get ugly, and Mercy suspects we haven’t gotten the whole story. Bodies are piling up, and Mercy must set her personal troubles aside to save those she cares about. The tale that unfolds was cloaked in myth with moments of laughter, snark, nibbles and snarls.
There are some significant arc developments surrounding Coyote in Night Broken and Briggs’ hints at things to come. A lot of key players are present, and we see continued growth in Mercy along with a hint of the kick-ass coyote-shifter we have come to love. She has begun to think in terms of the pack and you cannot help but admire the girl. The threat incorporates culture myths, and I found the blending of them into the tale fascinating. There is quite a bit of relationship angst, and while I never broke out in a sweat about it we see it both solidify and damage Mercy’s relationship to the pack. Favorites make an appearance including Stephan, Sam and Tad. *happy dance*
Night Broken had several threads woven throughout and at times I felt one or another suffered as the tale progressed. Each was interesting, but the overall result was that I felt torn and pulled throughout. I wanted more details and page time dedicated to each thread. Banter, tender moments and relationship strengthening made me smile, and I was proud of Mercy’s patience. Gary was an interesting character, and I pictured him as Marty Deeks, from NCIS Los Angeles both in his personalityand mannerism. Despite a few bumps, and my desperate need for more Briggs’ left me with a smile and drooling in anticipation for the next book. I am really excited to see how she develops these story arcs, and I predict some intense times ahead.
Night Broken was a welcome addition to the Mercy Thompson series and sated my needs. Book nine has yet to be titled and will release in 2015. Ugh! And now the waiting begins.
Four cups of coffee out of five
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