Title: Silver Borne
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #5
This book takes place a few months after the events in the previous one. Mercy is asked to look in on an acquaintance and finds herself embroiled in another Fae issue. While this is going on she is also dealing with her mating to Adam and Samuel’s mental health.
A lot happened in this book. Mercy is still dealing with the trauma of being raped. Adam has done an amazing job at helping her through her issues but she still has panic attacks. She is still learning about the pack bonds and her enemies in the pack take advantage of that lack of knowledge. They target her and cause issues for her and Adam, and the rest of the pack. I like that we are seeing some conflict with the pack because she shouldn’t have been able to join the pack bonds. It would have been weird if everyone just automatically accepted her when we already know that there is racism and homophobia in the pack.
On top of the issues with the pack, Mercy is trying to figure out why a group of Fae have taken a bookshop owner and are now after her. The Fae in this were interesting because we met new kinds and can see how dangerous they are. I like that we are learning more about the fae and the different things they can do with each story. I do think the battle with this Fae was very fascinating and I really enjoyed it. My only complaint was that I was surprised by how easy she died.
This book also focuses on Samuel. Samuel is struggling with his mental health and is struggling to continue living. Mercy is determined to save him and does everything she can to get him out of his funk. I loved how strong her friendship is with Samuel and that she never gives up on anyone she cares about. What gets him out of a funk is another person, and I really liked Arianna. She was fascinating and I really hope we see more of her in the future, especially since she seems to be good for Samuel.
“That’s what friends are for…Lift you when you’re down—and kick you in the rump when you need it.”
Overall, this was another emotional and action packed story for Mercy. Mercy is one badass and strong woman who is constantly adapting and overcoming. I really love her.
Trigger warnings: suicide attempt of a side character, rape referenced, panic attacks, kidnapping, abuse, child abuse mentioned, misogyny in the werewolf hierarchy and with the older werewolves, homophobia briefly mentioned
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