Friday, April 28, 2017

Patricia Briggs - Silence Fallen

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe...
Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise...

Comment: This is the latest installment in the Mercy Thompson series by author Patricia Briggs, featuring coyote shifter Mercy, her alpha wolf husband Adam and many of the usual secondary characters present in the series. 

In this book Mercy has another interesting adventure, this time running away after escaping a kidnapping and holding on until Adam picks her Czech Republic.
At the same time, Mercy also faces the ghosts of one of the oldest cities and gets herself in the heart of trouble. Will she be able to choose well her moves while Adam and a team chosen by him does the same when facing the vampire who kidnapped Mercy in the first place?

I think this was a good book. Maybe not as vibrant to me as others (I prefer it when the plots revolve  around the pack and the relationships between characters directly related to Adam and Mercy) but it was still interesting for two main reasons: we get to learn a lot about each character through little details and we have part of the story seen from Adam's POV, the first time this happens in the series.

I saw some readers were bothered by the fact this book has Mercy and Adam apart but it I think the author did a good job highlighting the idea they were a team and a united couple and it was amazing to have glimpses of their bond in several moments, even if only thoughts each one had about the n. I really appreciated how we are almost proved right that their relationship is real and valid and forever.

Again, what really marvels me the most is that this is a very talented writer. Somehow, mrs Briggs can create a well thought world and, book after book, the same consistency is kept and we are given plenty details about the characters, their lives, the adventures they have, their thoughts and every single paragraph feels we get more information, makes it look like all information is necessary and vital for the story's development. And, at the end, it gives us the feeling this was not only a rich story but a complete one as well.
Of course, looking closely, one can see there wasn't much happening here in global terms but it was a nice step in Mercy's life adventures.

Mercy is clever and funny and the perfect conscience in a human being. I really like her and how she thinks of helping others using some sarcasm here and there. But I prefer to see her with Adam and
in this book, because they weren't next to one another, it was great to see how their personalities complement each other even far apart. It also made me certain their romance and relationship is balanced, healthy and super sweet at times. I'm very eager to keep seeing them together.

Overall, I think this was a good story, it had many interesting elements, we got to learn more things and there's a HEA at the end. Too bad we don't have more simple domestic life scenes to let us enjoy these characters even more.
Grade: 8/10

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