Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

March 11th, 2014 Kimberly Review 86 Comments

11th Mar
Night Broken by Patricia Briggs
Night Broken
by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #8
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher
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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 personality and 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.


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86 Responses to “Night Broken by Patricia Briggs”

  1. Jennifer

    I read the first in this series a long time ago and really enjoyed it! But since it’s been so long, I’ve re-added it to my TBR at the library as an audio, along with the rest of the series, since I hear it is excellent on audio. Can’t wait to begin it again!

  2. Sharon - Obsession with Books

    Hmm, I knew that pesky ex would make an appearance at some stage :-\ I still need to read the last book, this is one of my fave UF series so I really need to catch up.

    I’m pleased you enjoyed this! a wonderful review Kimba 🙂

  3. Kim

    Ahhh, I have this book next on my hit list. I love this series, and I’m happy to see a positive review.

  4. Laura

    This sounds really good. I love this series too. But after River Marked I found it harder to put reading it as a priority. I think now I can get back into it. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Melanie Simmons (

    I’ve got about another hour and half left in this book. I haven’t seen Sam yet, but excited to see him coming soon. I love Mercy’s world and hope we don’t have to wait so long for the next book.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo are you doing the audio? I wanted too but own all the books, so I stuck with that.

  6. Candace

    I stink. I’ve still not started this series! Seeing all the reviews for this book has been a reminder that I really need to pick them up!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL Candace, I feel that way about the Brotherhood books and Chicagoland books.

  7. Ginny

    This is one of my favorite audio series. I was going to use my credit this month to grab it but someone (wink) convinced me to get Written in Red…btw she was right. But I am anxious to catch up with Mercy and Adam again and what the heck is his ex wife up to! If I put off listening to it longer then I won’t have to wait as long for the next book. 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Sweet, I am so glad she was right, now you need Night Broken and Murder of Crows!!!

  8. Dani

    I finished this early this morning and OMGoodness I too pictured Gary as Marty Deeks! Too funny!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love this series Lily, there have been a few bumps and some novels I loved more then others but overall I am addicted.

  9. Mirjam

    I wish I could start waiting for book 9 like you are, but, alas, I am still waiting for Night Broken. TBD hasn’t even dispatched my pre-order yet… 🙁

    The good reviews I have read so far have me jumping up and down and wanting this book so very much!!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh nooo, well I am going to wish it arrives soon Mirjam 🙂

  10. Christy

    Damn, I wish I would’ve started this series when it first came out! Grr. At least I can read them all closer together now, though.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      That’s my girl always looking on the bright side. They are quick reads. I usually consume them in a day!

  11. Tanya

    I can’t wait to start this! Thanks to the TBR challenge, I have to put it off, which ends well since it is such a long wait until the next one!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      That is so true Tanya..I read it in January so my wait will seem like forever!!!

  12. laura thomas

    Helps his ex-wife run from her boyfriend. Now that sounds interesting. The cover art is beyond awesome. I wonder how I missed this series. Hoppin over to Goodreads to check it out. Thanks for the fun review and a new author!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love her covers particularly the later ones where Mercy looks softer.

  13. Cyn

    Oooh, another awesome looking saga. I know (my co-blogger) Kim really likes this series! Maybe I’ll wait until the whole series is out before starting, though I do have 8 books to catch up, haha! Glad to see that even at #8 the series is going strong! Lovely review!

  14. Braine Talk Supe

    No Bran?! I wasn’t blown over by the previous one but I sure want to meet Adam’s ex and I love his pack drama over Mercy. Will get to this soon!

  15. Lindy

    Excellent Review Kim! I love when cultural myths are incorporated in to a story. This sounds like a great Urban Fantasy series, and I can tell how much you enjoy it! It always nice when we get to revisit favorite characters in a series. I love that this story had moments of laughter, snark, fun banter, tenderness and relationship strengthening. I also love all the book covers in this series!!!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This is one of my favorite series, I always consume it and enjoy the time spent!

  16. Lauren

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this! I had a good time with the story and of course I always want more Adam snuggle time. I’m SO ready for the next book, especially after that ending! Coyote is such a cool character, but he frustrates me to no end by making Mercy’s life “interesting” ie. dangerous. Loved Gary’s character too. Fab review! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      What?!? *blinks* Yes Naomi you need to read this series!

  17. Keertana

    I’m nervous that I’m going to wind up being disappointed by this since the last novel was SO good. Christy has me terrified, but I’m glad to see that fans have enjoyed this despite the obvious wedge between Adam and Mercy’s relationship. I’ll be picking this up soon, so thanks for your thoughts! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I know what you mean, but this was solid, with developments Keertana!

  18. Melissa (Books and Things)

    SO behind on this series and I can’t wait to catch up! This one sounds fab and I can wait to meet the Marty Deeks character. I enjoy that character on NCIS so I’m very curious. Great review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah I love Deeks too he is like a scruffy cute dog

  19. Kimberly

    Gah! This reminds me that I REALLY need to catch up on this series. Mercy is just awesome! Looks like I’ll be putting the other books I have to catch up on on hold at the library soon.

  20. Lupdilup

    I have already downloaded this to my phone 🙂 I had 2 pre- orders today., Night Broken and Bold Tricks. I decided to listen to Bold Tricks first, but your review is making question my decision..LOL.
    Again, sounds like Mercy is awesome as usual.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, it is hard when two books release on the same day! Look at it this way, you won’t have as long to wait for the next book 🙂

  21. Jenea

    Oooh, Deeks… Love him. This sound sounds really good and Mercy sounds freakin awesome. Great review.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Agreed, this was a good one with all the players:)

  22. Heidi

    I am now two books behind on this series. So far this one is getting good reviews, I admit I am not crazy about the whole Christy storyline, but I am glad to see that overall you found this to be another solid addition.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It moves it focus from her, and was a good addition:)

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy Carol! This is one of my favorite series 🙂

  23. Jenny

    Glad you enjoyed this one overall Kim! I wanted to throttle Christy throughout, but I think we were all supposed to react that way so it didn’t bother me too much. Even though I thought it was a kind of abrupt shift about halfway through when the focus moved from Christy to her stalker, I was glad for that woman to fall into the background a little bit:) Looking forward to the next book for sure, I only wish it wasn’t so far away. *sobs* Fabulous review:)

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah, Mercy handled it better than I would have. Oh the wait between these books is brutal!!

  24. Victoria (aka Zemfirka)

    It sounds really cool. I almost requested it last month, but then realized it was book 8! Gah! No time right now to start on a big series… 🙁 But fab review Kim! 😀

  25. kindlemom1

    For some reason I thought I wasn’t that behind in this series and I just looked on Goodreads and…crap, I only read 3 books! 3 books! What is wrong with me? so behind.

    I heard about Adam’s ex making an appearance in this one and people wanting to rip her face off (lovely thought there so early in the morning 😛 ).

    I need to get caught up on this series and soon!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, no face ripping before at least 2 cups of coffee..LOL Ali you need to catch up!

  26. Mary

    Now the waiting begins is right. Yeah, lots of threads and I wanted more Mercy and Adam time but loved this overall. Excited to see more of Coyote (love his sassiness) and want more Zee!!

  27. Tanja

    Everyone is speaking of this series and I haven’t started it yet. I haven’t read any UF book in a while (probably because I don’t see Maja around to remind me xD) so I should. I’m so glad you enjoyed this book in series. Great review, Kim 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, Yes Maja loves UF too. I hope you try one 🙂

  28. Silvia

    Mercy Thompson is one of those urban fantasy series that’s been on my TBR list since practically forever… I have the first instalment though, perhaps I should start making some space for it in my schedule, huh?
    Great review, Kimberly and sorry you have to wait another year for a new instalment but hey, sounds like the wait is more than worth it 😉

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I get it I have a few like Chicagoland and Brotherhood.

      • Silvia

        Hope you’ll get into BDB at some point, Kimberly. It’s actually my favourite Paranormal Romance series! 🙂

  29. Jessica

    I’m glad to hear you still really enjoyed this despite the Christy drama. I’m probably going to spending my day reading this, so I’ve been mentally preparing myself for the RAGE 😉

  30. Amy

    I still haven’t started this series yet, but I heard that it’s fantastic! If that cover is anything to go by she is most definitely a kick ass warrior!

  31. Jennifer Bielman

    I still need to read the last two books but I have always been a fan of this series. But River Marked was meh for me so it’s taking me time to get back into it.

  32. Melliane

    Aaah I’m so jealous! You know I still haven’t read book 7? I don’t even have a reason… Well maybe I just need more time but now? I’m so curious to catch up because I can’t wait for this one. It sounds like another great book so I’m glad it was good!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      We all have that one series we are behind in..I hope you catch up soon Melliane 🙂