Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson Series #5)

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Mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson never knows what the next day (or night) may bring. After all, her world is inhabited by witches, werewolves, and vampires. But now a book of fae secrets has come to light, and Mercy's about to find out just how implacable-and dangerous- the fae can be.

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Overview

Mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson never knows what the next day (or night) may bring. After all, her world is inhabited by witches, werewolves, and vampires. But now a book of fae secrets has come to light, and Mercy's about to find out just how implacable-and dangerous- the fae can be.

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All Mercy Thompson wanted to do was return a book to a bookstore, but the store was closed down and the shapeshifter realizes that the book's Fae contents are just too dangerous to simply discard. And as she would learn all too intimately, the Fae have very strong ideas about maintaining control of their very secret intellectual property. A fantasy series that holds you tight; a top-selling novel now in mass market paperback.

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Coyote-shifting garage mechanic Mercedes Thompson, now mated to Adam, the Alpha of the local werewolf pack, embarks on her exciting fifth dark fantasy adventure (after 2009's bestselling Bone Crossed). Three subplots—Mercy's attempt to return a magical book to a fae friend-of-a-friend, her difficulties integrating into Adam's pack, and her roommate Samuel's misery over being a lone Alpha—come together seamlessly, and excitement builds as Mercy and her loved ones go through ever more intense experiences, including a house fire, a suicide attempt, a death sentence, and a reunion between long-ago loves. Briggs creates both well-rounded characters and a complex mythology, resulting in a rich read that's far more than a series of action adventures strung together. Fans of the series will be thrilled; new readers should start at the beginning or risk drowning in the immersive world-building. 6-city author tour. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594448679
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Series: Mercy Thompson Series , #5
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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  • Posted February 9, 2010

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    The fifth Mercy Thompson urban fantasy is filled with action, romance and fae intrigue

    Even though the human population knows that vampires, werewolves, and fae exist, it does not preclude mortals from fearing the paranormal. Mechanic Mercy Thompson is a shapeshifter who can turn into a coyote, but is mated with her beloved alpha werewolf Adam. His pack feels a coyote is beneath them on the food chain and using their mind control powers try to persuade Mercy that she is not good enough for their leader.

    While an outraged Adam is trying to ferret out who is destroying his pack and messing with his Mercy's mind, she has two other problems to contend with. Her friend Samuel the werewolf struggles with his human side so his beast keeps him alive while Mercy triess to give him a reason to live. A fairy wants her to return a powerful tome that a fae lent her; she kidnaps her friend Gabriel to insure Mercy cooperates, but the bookstore is shuttered permanently and Mercy knows the queen will try a double cross.

    The fifth Mercy Thompson urban fantasy is filled with action, romance and fae intrigue; perhaps the deadliest kind on the planet. Filled with various subplots that tie deftly together, the continuing adventures of Mercy and Adam make for another entertaining entry in a strong saga. However, it is Patricia Briggs' world-building skills on a par with early Laurell K. Hamilton that make Silver Borne a winner as readers will believe in shapeshifters, fae and vampires, oh my.

    Harriet Klausner

    18 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    The 5th Book Was Great

    Enjoyed the fact that most of the story was about Adam and Mercy's relationship. Get more insight into the "pack's" magic. This is one of my favorite's in the series so far.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2010

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    Another great addition to the Mercy Thompson series!!

    I loved the book, and thought it was great. Just as good as the rest of the books in the series. The perfect amount of action/romance/emotion. And for everyone else giving reviews... STOP GIVING GIVING 1 OR 2 STARS JUST BECAUSE IT'S NOT AVAILABLE IN E-BOOK YET. You are reviewing the BOOK, not Barnes and Noble. If you have a problem with BN's decision not to have it available in e-book yet, take it up with customer service, don't complain here in a review!

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2010

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    Another great series

    I was given this book as a gift.

    There are three kinds of books in the world; the failures, the satisfying reads and the life-changing reads. Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series is one of the truly dependable satisfying series out there. These books won't change your life, but they will give you a good, entertaining read every time, and stand up to rereads as well.

    Silver Borne is the fifth book in the series following Mercy Thompson, mechanic and werewolf-raise coyote shifter with a knack for defying all odds. As such, there's really no way to evaluate this book without spoilers for previous books, so be warned and if you're just setting out in the Tri-Cities world, you might not want to read this review.

    Last time in Briggs' world Mercy Thompson got mixed up in a vampire plot that, after her brutal rape in book 3, nearly broke her. Luckily Mercy is getting a vacation from the vampires which allows her to deal with the other major things that happened in the last book--her magical mating to local werewolf Alpha, Adam. The attraction between defiant Mercy and overpowering Adam has been brewing from the first page of book one, when the two pretended to not be able to stand each other. But now Adam's past actions--namely declaring Mercy his mate a very long time ago, before he even tried showing his affection for her in order to keep her safe from the very dangerous werewolves that might see another predator shifter as competition--are coming to light. Adam's love and care are helping Mercy come back from the trauma of her rape, and ironically they're causing him some major problems in the pack, since many of his wolves are suspicious that Mercy would show no interest in the pack for years of being Adam's mate, and now suddenly wants a starring role.

    Add to that Mercy unknowingly being the guardian of a very powerful fae artifact, and being unable to let those who have shown her friendliness and kindness be abused by others and you have a complex twist of plots that don't go linear like most book plots, but blossom and grow into a collection of characters that seem to share bits of their lives with reader in each book.

    Briggs' books are fleshy and visual, featuring characters who are beyond fun and lovable. Humble and genuine, and dependable Briggs' skill brings readers loyally back for more of this world, which is neither over powered, nor self important, but is simply and truly, entertaining.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2010

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    Ms. Briggs Does it again

    Over the last few months, life has settled into a rhythm for Mercy. Still dealing with the aftermath of her recent trauma, Mercy's taking her newly established relationship with Adam, local werewolf pack Alpha, slowly yet surely forward even if their bond and her position in the Pack only work sporadically at best. Adam's pack has never really welcomed Mercy with open arms (troublesome coyote that she is), but she never would have expected some of Adam's wolves to meddle directly with their relationship. Upset and unsure of her next move, Mercy distances herself from the pack only to discover that her good friend and werewolf-roommate Samuel isn't coping as well as he had claimed to be. Deciding to keep stick to Samuel's side like glue, Mercy takes him on a short trip to return a borrowed book about the fae (a little light bedtime reading) when she determines that what she has, is in fact a powerful and ancient object - full of secrets about the fae - and worth more, to some, than her very life.

    Patricia Briggs is one of those authors who understands how to deftly compound kick-butt action with emotional turmoil. Her novels always contain a hefty portion of Mercy fighting tooth-and-nail to protect those she loves, but in "Silver Borne," she also gave us a Mercy who had to struggle just as hard to keep the emotional aspects of her relationships intact. Mercy and Adam, as a couple, are really put through the ringer this go-round but, dang it, there is just something about those two together that makes my heart sing. Something that makes me want to stand up and cheer every time they get a moment of quiet together. Either that or giggle at every shared oddball joke. Adam has always been a big winner for me, but his selfless actions toward - and defense of - Mercy in Silver Borne, left me straight-up Adam's #1 Fan.

    And although this is gonna sound like a obvious contradiction after my above statement, I was a tiny (very, very tiny) bit disappointed with Samuel's role in this novel. Ms. Briggs said that would be his book, but the end resolution for the demons he was staring down seemed a touch rushed. That said, I'm more than willing to overlook that small detail due to the enormous amount of goodness otherwise found in Silver Borne. Simply put: it's vintage Mercy. It's about a shapeshifting mechanic who, with brains and a heart, is always willing to go the distance to make things right for those she loves. I just love her to bits.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Love

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this series, mercy is a kick ass woman. If you enjoyed the Ania Blake series than youll love this one as well

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

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    review taken from One Book At A Time http://onebooktime.blogspot.com

    I thought I would prefer the books that tend to favor the vampires. But, I discovered I like Iron Kissed more than Blood Bound. The same goes for this one over Bone Crossed. The Fae continue you to amaze me. There's always something new to learn. You wouldn't think they could be the most dangerous mythical creatures, but I'm beginning to change my mind. While the stories with the vampires tend to scare me more than normal, the one's with the Fae seem to test your intelligence. They want to know if you've been paying attention. I love how Mercy doesn't fit all the typical rules. It seems no one knows quite how she will react or how things will effect her (including Mercy herself). I really loved watching her relationship with Adam and the pack grow. I was not surprised to discover the deep rooted animosity towards her within the pack. I also wasn't surprised to watch Sam struggle with his wolf. I've actually been waiting for it to come for a couple books now (especially since Mercy chose Adam). Overall, I loved it and can't wait for the next in the series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

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    Actually enjoyed!

    I'm not usually into these werewolf kind of books but...a friend turned me on to these and well...I'll have to say I enjoyed this!
    Patricia Briggs can write about werewolves in such a way that make them seem so real. They are wild and have a brutal, violent side, but their human side can be so vulnerable. She is really a remarkable writer.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    Kind of thin... But decent.

    This book was good, but thin on substance. A good, but not story advancing plot. This was the most uneventful book in the Mercy series so far actually. Not too much happened, and the characters weren't advanced very far with this plot. That said, it was a good book. Enough happened to keep you mostly satisfied, and nothing was really wrong with it. I would recommend it to someone, and you'll need the information in it for the next book I'm sure. So read it and keep up to snuff on your Mercy lore. LoL! The plot was interesting, but they just didn't seem to go deep enough with it. I'm waiting for the next one to hopefully be better.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2010

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    Good but not one of the best

    I like Patricia Briggs books and typically she delivers a pretty good story. Overall, this was a decent book but I did find it quite slow as compared to some of the earlier works.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    Love Mercy, not so much this book

    I really love this series, the first three books were downright phenomenal and it's easily one of the best supernatural series I've read. Yet the fifth installment just felt off. Most of the situations (and resolutions) came out of no where, along with the main characters inner problems that were completely off character for them, at least based on how I had read the earlier books. It felt as if she tried to shove as much in as she could and reach her deadline on time, which generally happens at this point in most series. Overall, there were definitely parts I enjoyed I will pick up the next book, just not the day it comes out. This book has left me without the original excitement I had for the series.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

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    Waiting LINE

    Okay this is promising to be a great year for us paranormal romance fans. Between this book, crimson drop by Jeanine Frost, and magic bleeds by Iilona Andrew I'm going to need to make space on my shelf. The only probelm is its taking forever for the books to come out but Im looking foward to all of them. This is a book that should be on everyone pre-order list.

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    Hello!!!!

    Ok people, this is a review about how much you like the book. Not a synopsis, the publisher already did that for us. Nor, is it a book report for middle school. Don,t you have anything else to do? However, that isn't the real problem. Why are you all giving away the story. Big spoilers! Even if you're just saying the end was too happy. I'm afraid to read them because people are constantly spoiling the plots.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    Lost it

    I am a big PB fan but this book has got to be one if her weakest. I dont think I will be finishing this series. At 228 pages this is scarcely more than a short story. Patty skips around in this one. She relies on the character development of previous books instead if making this book stand in its own right. Her big resolution at the end is a big let down and just seems like a rather convenient way of avoiding actually coming up with a decent plot line. Its made even quicker and choppier through a flashback to expkain how things resolve so quickly. Briggs quotes quite a bit of scripture in this one and its just... well weird. What happened PB?!?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2010

    I love this series!

    The Mercy Thompson series is the fisrt series I really liked after reading all the Sookie Stackhouse stories. From the very first book it had me locked in. I love the characters! The stories are original and keep you interested through out the book. I read all five books in a week, I just couldn't put them down! If your looking for another series that will suck you in like Sookie than this is it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    Overall a little rushed in comparison to the rest of the series, but still an awesome raed.

    If you have read any of Patricia Brigg's books you will love this book. The book was a little rushed in general, but still a really good read. It keeps your attention and it is very hard to put down! Makes you anxious for the next book in the series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

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    Not what I was expecting

    It was a quick read and I enjoyed it... but it wasn't as amazing as I'd hoped. The answer to Sam's "problems" come a little too coincidentally and randomly. I'm praying that the next book is a little bit more exciting. I was glad for the Anna mention (from Alpha and Omega), I really do love her character!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2010

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    Not the authors best work:)

    I really love the entire series so I was excited to find out that another Mercy Thompson Novel was upcoming. I felt that this book lacked most of the usual suspense found in Ms. Briggs novels. The story started off great but somehow got lost along the way. I did enjoy reading Silver Borne because it lets the readers feel Mercy's internal struggles as she recovers from the injuries she obtained in the last novel. I am not going to mention them here because you need to read it to find out. Overall it was a good book just not what I was expecting.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2010

    Recommend This Series

    I love this series and hate when I get to the end. I regularly re-read these stories. I have to admit that the Omega series is my favorite, Charles and Anna are great characters.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2010

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    Her Best Yet

    Patricia Briggs has pulled out yet another amazing Mercy story with this one, covering not only the thrilling preternatural aspects of the genre, but also dealing with the personal issues of Mercy, Adam and Sam and coming to a conclusion that will lead readers both satisfied and begging for more. This book is thrilling, exciting, and comes to a dramatic conclusion where Mercy does her thing and the day is saved, despite the dangers along the way. For those who have lovingly followed this series, Silver Borne is a book worthy of its predecessors.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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