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Night Broken by Patricia Briggs {4 Stars}

Night Broken by Patricia Briggs continues the story of Mercy Thompson, the coyote-shifter, in a crazy world where Fae and werewolves have come out to the public, but much scarier monsters remain hidden away. If you haven’t read this far in the series, there will be some spoilers for the romantic plots and who is still alive, but each book stands on its own fairly well. The Mercy Thompson series is one of my top favorite series, so I highly recommend any urban fantasy fans to start it asap if you haven’t already. Night Broken continues with all the things we love about this series, including an awesome new monster myth and more building up towards what promises to be an epic series-long plot.

Note: I received Night Broken from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Night Broken by Patricia Briggs {4 Stars}

Night Broken by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #8)
Published by Ace on March 11, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 352 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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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.

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • The big bad monster in Night Broken is not one that you are likely to see coming and is pulled from a very different mythos than all the vampires and werewolves. I really love that this series is starting to incorporate other cultures’ myths and monsters along with quite good explanations for why we haven’t seen them before.
  • Coyote plays a decent role in Night Broken and we get to find out a lot more about what his influence in Mercy and others’ lives really means. There are a number of other cool characters that we’ve either met briefly before or are meeting for the first time, yey new friends!
  • Fair Game (Alpha and Omega companion series #3) started hinting at just how epic these series’ plots are going to be, and Night Broken continues to develop that arc. I have no idea what the consequences are going to be in the end, but omg I can’t wait to find out! I’m anticipating this series being solidly at the top of my favorites list even once it is complete.
  • As you can expect from a Mercedes Thompson book, Night Broken is addictively readable. I had a really hard time putting Night Broken down when I needed to sleep >.>. I only managed because I absolutely had to get up in the morning, haha. If you can manage to carve an entire afternoon free, do it!

Weaknesses:

  •  As you can imagine from the description that includes Christy, there is a lot of relationship angst in Night Broken. At first I was happy to see how Mercy and Adam hold up, but Christy soon had me gnashing my teeth and wishing I could skip ahead to the action.
  • Night Broken has about three separate plot lines that do get interwoven, but it ended up feeling a little too scattered for me. It was fairly obvious that Night Broken was trying hard to have its own standalone plot in addition to building the series arc and the two didn’t mix all that well.

Summary:

If you’ve read this far in the Mercy Thompson series, you probably were already planning to read Night Broken, therefore get excited! If you skipped to the bottom because you haven’t read the series, go grab book one :D. I absolutely love the world that Briggs is building with this series and the Alpha and Omega series and can’t recommend these books enough!

4 Stars
Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read the Mercy Thompson series? What did you think? Are you excited for Night Broken if you haven’t gotten to read it yet?
– Anya

 

 Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

© 2014, Anya. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. I don’t think I’ve read anything by Patricia Briggs, but the overall concept sounds kind of fun. Although it sounds like this particular volume might have a little too much relationship angst for me. Still, I guess if you’ve made it this far in the series, you’re invested enough to stick around and see where they go. Nice review!
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    • Hehe, yes, this was a relationship angsty addition to the series. I wouldn’t worry about that when starting though since you’ll have plenty of time to get invested first ;-). Really this is just such a well-written UF series and I lurve it!

  2. I just finished it today and I totally agree. I thought the Christy drama was over done and it could have just had only 2 of those storylines (like saved the walking stick one for the next one). However I still loved it! Go Mercy!
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    • Yeah, the walking stick felt a bit forced, though I understand that it is building up to a bigger plot for the rest of the series. I’m exciting for the walking stick plot to come to fruition though, should be epic :D

  3. As angry as this one made me, it was still my favorite Mercy Thompson book yet. Go figure! I guess I just love the family, er, pack drama!
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  4. LeKeisha Thomas says:

    I have Moon Called on my shelf. I bought it months ago, but haven’t gotten around to reading it. I’ve read great things about this series. Maybe I need to speed up on my TBR list, or at least just randomly pick and stop going in a certain order. LOL! I can’t help my OCD tendencies!

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