Today I am excited to join Penguin and seven other blogs as we revisit novels in the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. I was chosen to re-read Night Broken and I had a blast. Be sure and check out my updated review, favorite quotes and enter to win a copy of Night Broken.
by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #8
Published by: Penguin
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 the first time. I had a blast revisiting the story and forgot how intense it all was. 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 get ugly, and Mercy suspects we haven’t been given the entire story. However, 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. I truly felt for Mercy, Christy is not an easy character to like and both of them under the same roof was toxic. I should feel sorry for Adam, but he brought this on himself. I mean, rent her a place, send her to safe house..LOCK HER IN THE GARAGE! Sometimes Adam just needs to be more Alpha. Do you know what I mean? He wants to protect everyone, not step on toes and dammit I want him to growl and put them in their place. *smoothes down hair and takes a deep breathe*
There are some significant arc developments 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. This makes me angry. I know Mercy likes to handle herself, but I wish Adam would stand up and snarl. We get to see favorite characters from the series 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. Even during the reread and knowing what would take place, I wanted some threads to be enhanced.
Banter, tender moments and relationship strengthening made me smile, and I was proud of Mercy’s patience. Gary was an interesting character, and I picture him as Marty Deeks, from the hit TV show, NCIS Los Angeles just older. Both his personality and mannerism matched those of Deeks. 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.
Favorite Quotes from Night Broken
“No, really,” I said. “Now that we know that Flores is really this nasty, fiery, superpowerful nothing-can-kill-me demon from hell, maybe we should consider just giving Christy to him?
Almost-Sister, you picked a real catch.”
“It was I who caught her,” Adam said softly. “It took years.
“The snarl didn’t make Adam’s too-handsome features less handsome, but it would probably have scared anyone else. Me? I think I have some kind of subliminal death wish because Adam’s anger makes me go weak at the knees, and not in a terrified sort of way.”
“Stay out of this,” she (Christy) snapped at me, wiping futilely at her cheeks. “This isn’t your business.”
“When you blamed Adam, whose only fault that I can see is that he has poor taste in wives, you made it my business,” I told her.
Honey cleared her throat. “You do know you are one of his wives, right?”
I raised an eyebrow. “Happily, he doesn’t know how bad off he is with me—and I intend that he never will.”
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