SILVER BORNE by Patricia Briggs [Review]

Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs is the fifth book in the popular urban fantasy series about coyote shapeshifter Mercy Thompson. Mercy is a mechanic in the Tri-cities area of Washington, and in Silver Borne she’s dealing with the repercussions of joining her boyfriend’s werewolf pack. Adam is the Alpha werewolf and some of his pack doesn’t think a coyote is good enough to be his mate. Her friend and roommate Samuel has her back, although he is having his own problems with his werewolf side. If her personal problems weren’t enough, Mercy is in possession of an extremely old book about the Fae, and when she tries to return it to the bookstore owner she borrowed it from he is nowhere to be found. As she tries to track him down, she realizes that maybe there’s more to this book than she realized.

There’s a lot going on in Silver Borne and it’s a fast paced, enjoyable read. The three different storylines I mentioned above all work together so that the story never drags. There’s plenty of action and a little romance between Mercy and Adam. Mercy is a cool, tough chick and manages to be very relatable, despite that fact that she’s a shapeshifter. I was very interested in the details about the pack dynamic and Samuel’s struggle with his wolf side. However, the Fae storyline—not so much. The Fae magic strikes me as straight up fantasy, rather than urban fantasy, and I prefer books that are firmly rooted in the contemporary world. But that’s just me. Silver Borne is a must read for Mercy Thompson fans and they should be very pleased with this solid entry in the series. If you are new to the series, you should start with the first book, Moon Called.

Quotes from Silver Borne:

The wolf left his eyes, and he grinned. “You’re okay with marrying a werewolf who has a teenage daughter and a pack that’s falling apart–and you mother panics you?
“You’ve met my mother,” I said. “She ought to panic you, too.”

Oddly, because Adam had been a wolf longer than I was alive, I accepted him as a werewolf more easily than he did himself. Knowing that I as freaked-out by the greatest gift any wolf could give another wouldn’t surprise him (as it did me), but it would hurt him needlessly. I would adjust in time–I didn’t have any choice if I wanted to keep him.

If he hadn’t sounded so patronizing, I don’t think I would have pulled the trigger.

Also feel free to check out a few other reviews to find what others thought about the book:

The Written World

Love Vampires

Monsters and Critics

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Ace Hardcover | Pages: 352 | Source: Purchased | Buy on Amazon

Print This Post Print This Post

Please make sure to read our comment policy before posting a comment.