Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, book 5) by Patricia Briggs
Being a mechanic is hard work. Mercy Thompson, for instance, just spent the last couple of months trying to evade the murderous queen of the local vampire seethe. And now the leader of the werewolf pack, who's maybe-more-than-just-a-friend, has asked for her help. A book of fae secrets has come to light and they're all about to find out how implacable - and dangerous - the fae can be.
OK, so maybe her troubles have nothing to do with the job. But she sure could use a holiday...
Hmmmm. Well I'm going to be blunt. It was all very convenient. The story was too full. AND. And. Ugh. I hate it when a character—a totally awesome one at that—is wasted. Where their story and character growth is compromised for a quick fix. It was Samuel. It's out! Samuel's plight never felt real or dangerous. Trying to slap a quick fix on it at the end did not help. Ugh. Even trying to tie it in the the “big” mystery.
Well we can't love every book in a series. Sadly it always feels like characters I don't want to be shorted on, get shorted on. The real culprit is that the story was too packed. There's the mystery behind someone messing with Mercy in the pack, as everyone is not happy with her officially joining the pack and mating Adam. Toss in Samuel's personal plight—as mentioned. AND then the huge overall mystery of Phin and the object that he had given Mercy. Someone is out to kill her again!
Each Mercy book has been jammed packed. For me it's been well balanced and never failed to further the emotional connections of the characters and develop their relationships. However, Adam is again sidelined so that he can't be there to help Mercy. Which is a shame, at this point it would have been a brilliant idea to not only develop Adam and Mercy together, but have them actually work together. I get it Adam is big and strong and might solve Mercy's problems all together. Then Mercy couldn't save the day! But there needs to be a balance. Because by yet again sidelining Adam I felt no emotional development happening between them. Sure some of it was forced through their mate bond and a few moments they actually get to spend together.
Another point to make is that some seriously scary stuff is happening with Samuel. But it never felt scary. It should have been terrifying! Yet the overly full plot and lack of time to spend with characters didn't build any suspense. It was never doubted that Samuel would truly be harmed. Meh. And then . . . the worst travesty. Everything was neatly tied together and Samuel's savior stepped in. I don't like neat and convenient. Samuel's story should not have been wrapped up in one book. No. It was serious shit. Samuel's character was basically shafted at the end.
Truth is Brigg's had more than enough story here with Mercy and Adam finding their footing as a mated pair. Samuel's “plight” alone would have been enough to counter it. Instead the character building that is the best part about this series was cut off at it's roots. Mercy did some pretty stupid things that she admits she would have done it all again! But she could have done it smarter and gotten better results. Mercy and Adams relationship only had some minor developments, and most of it forced due to an overly packed story. Samuel . . . got the shortest end of the stick. (I know, I know. I'm on repeat. But that's how upset I am over it.) It felt like Briggs needed to address his issues and make sure that it was clear that he was not part of the love square/triangle. But come on. Mercy and Adam are together. There is no question. Readers know how binding mating is at this point. Hey. In a series there's bound to be a weak book at some point. This was the one for me. I look forward to Briggs getting back to writing form and making me feel for some of the neglected characters in the next book. Oh, and could we maybe learn more about Walkers? We're well into the series at this point and it was cruel after the last book finally gave some answers. (Though not enough answers.)
Sexual Content: Sexual Humor and some love scenes. Nothing is graphic though.
3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back.
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