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Night Broken (Mercy Thompson Novel #8)

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ISBN13: 9780425256749
ISBN10: 042525674x
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs's Mercy Thompson series has been hailed as “one of the best” (Fiction Vixen). Now, Mercy must deal with an unwanted guest — one that brings a threat unlike anything shes ever known.

An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam's ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn't the kind of man to turn away a person in need — and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adams 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 shes 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 stalker 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.

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"In the winning eighth urban fantasy (after Frost Burned) featuring coyote shapeshifter and car mechanic Mercy Thompson, Briggs adds Canary Islands mythology and garden-variety jealousy. Mercy is mated to Adam, the Alpha of the Tri-Cities werewolves. Adam's human ex-wife, Christy, seeks refuge with the pack to evade a dangerous stalker: volcano god Guayota. She soon begins playing on the sympathy of others to undermine Mercy's place in the pack. At the same time, a dangerous Gray Lord of the Fae sets a deadline for Mercy to return the walking stick she previously borrowed from the Fae and entrusted into the elusive Coyote's care. Between visits to imprisoned prophet Gary Laughingdog, whose importance grows along with the story, Mercy must fend off Guayota, who has pyrotechnic abilities and frightening red-eyed attack dogs. Briggs continues to surprise and intrigue readers with Mercy's inventiveness and intuition under duress. Agent: Linn Prentis, Linn Prentiss Literary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs lives in Washington State with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses.

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Michelle Olson, May 5, 2014 (view all comments by Michelle Olson)
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~ I’m thinking that jealously can be used as a form of intuition in relationship situations. We all know that at times jealously can be an irrational emotion that can’t be helped or explained. But what happens when that emotion is NOT irrational and you have good reason to be jealous and maybe even a little worried?

Briggs is at it again, building upon Mercy and laying her character, while still keeping her very much Mercy. This time though, she has to deal with ex-wives who can manipulate people without even trying, Vampire Politics at its finest and a Volcano God who can’t stop killing.

There is always drama of some sort in Mercy’s life and this is no different, Briggs starts us off with something that seemed so harmless, but in the span of a couple words and a page it turns into something that is going to suck very much for our girl Mercy and she knows it. But there isn’t much she can do because there is no way she is going to leave Adams ex-wife to fend for herself against a killer. Seems like an easy “job” for lack of a better term, but this is anything but easy. Soon they are knee deep in a myth about Volcano Gods and his love of the Sun and our hero’s and heroine’s learn that everything isn’t always what it seems and Christy isn’t at all without motives.

We all know that the pack (the females in the pack) don’t care for Mercy because she signifies changes and wolves don’t like change all that much. There is a sort of tentive peace when the book starts that gets smashed to pieces when it becomes plainly obvious that the women want Christy back. Everyone is sucked into the manipulation but Honey, who surprises me in this book and I love her more for her willingness to stick by Mercy and see everything for what it is.

On top of dealing with the ex-wife of her husband, someone very important wants the walking stick back. The issue- Mercy gave it to Coyote and hasn’t seen him since she fought the River Devil. Now she has a week to find and get the walking stick from Coyote before things really get bad. Piece of cake… except for the simple fact that she doesn’t know how to find him and nobody has seen him either. But there may be someone who has the power to get in touch with him for her. Someone with a very big connection to her, that had me smiling and laughing the entire time because he is not what I was expecting ��" had I been expecting him.

The moments between Adam and Mercy are really sweet and romantic I love them as a couple. I hated that Christy was coming between them and it was obvious that she was, even if only when Mercy was not around and couldn’t be there to defend her turf, although she wasn’t doing much defending because she was trying to not set back all the work she and Adam had done in order to get pack on the Mercy bandwagon.

There was never a lack of action in Night Broken, lots of talking but it wasn’t meaningless or just filler space. Everything that was said and done in this book held a purpose, even if we didn’t know what that purpose was right at that moment. Briggs can weave a story like no other, mixing emotions, actions and drama and evil villains with an ease that we all very much appreciate. We also got to see some old characters, friends, associates and frienemies. Secrets are revealed that were kept from Mercy (for her sanity) and motives from the Vampire seethe come to light.

A must read stamp of approval.
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Stacie Hevener, March 1, 2014 (view all comments by Stacie Hevener)
Mercedes Thompson is a Volkswagen mechanic of Native American descent living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She has ability to take the form of a coyote at will and often sees the spirits of those who have passed. In her world, magic abounds and although she's surrounded by far more powerful supernatural beings, including werewolves, vampires and fairies, Mercy holds her own quite well, thank you. In the eighth book of this series, Christy, the ex-wife of Mercy’s husband Adam, shows up on the run from a violent stalker. Mercy soon learns that this stalker is not exactly who Christy says he is and that Christy not only wants to lose the stalker - she wants Adam back.
Author Patricia Briggs has the uncanny ability to put an incredibly unrealistic situation involving totally imaginary creatures into a perfectly viable context with her gift for creating wholly fleshed out characters, realistic dialogue and a believably complex supernatural world smack dab in the middle of Washington State. In Mercy Thompson readers have a down to earth adult heroine whose thoughts, feelings and actions are genuine and easily relatable; secondary characters who are just as well rounded with finely tuned idiosyncrasies that function believably in a world laden with culture, mystery and realism, exciting action with the right amount of blood and gore and just enough snarkiness to make the whole thing credible.
While Night Broken is the eighth of a series it performs perfectly well as a stand - alone book due to Brigg’s deft use of allusion unobtrusively peppering the weaving story lines without resorting to info dumping or ill placed flashbacks. And despite the fact that the ending of this particular installment was obviously a set up for the next I didn’t mind one bit, on the contrary the somewhat abrupt ending served to pique my curiosity
When I saw that the publisher was offering digital ARCs in exchange for reviews, I remembered that I read the first of this series years ago and had liked it quite a bit, but for the life of me can’t remember why I didn’t continue the series- probably pesky annoyances like small kids and grad school or some such nonsense. Now that I have the time, I’ll be revisiting Mercy’s world to catch up on what’s been happening in the Tri-State area.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780425256749
Author:
Briggs, Patricia
Publisher:
Ace Hardcover
Subject:
Fantasy - Contemporary
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Contemporary
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
A Mercy Thompson Novel
Series Volume:
8
Publication Date:
20140311
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the winning eighth urban fantasy (after Frost Burned) featuring coyote shapeshifter and car mechanic Mercy Thompson, Briggs adds Canary Islands mythology and garden-variety jealousy. Mercy is mated to Adam, the Alpha of the Tri-Cities werewolves. Adam's human ex-wife, Christy, seeks refuge with the pack to evade a dangerous stalker: volcano god Guayota. She soon begins playing on the sympathy of others to undermine Mercy's place in the pack. At the same time, a dangerous Gray Lord of the Fae sets a deadline for Mercy to return the walking stick she previously borrowed from the Fae and entrusted into the elusive Coyote's care. Between visits to imprisoned prophet Gary Laughingdog, whose importance grows along with the story, Mercy must fend off Guayota, who has pyrotechnic abilities and frightening red-eyed attack dogs. Briggs continues to surprise and intrigue readers with Mercy's inventiveness and intuition under duress. Agent: Linn Prentis, Linn Prentiss Literary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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