Review: Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs
Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson #5)
by: Patricia Briggs
Publication Date: Mar. 30, 2011
Publisher: Ace Books
Age Group: Adult
Source: Borrowed from e-Library
Page Count: 342 pages
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My Rating: 3.5/5 stars
While I didn't like this book as much as the last two, I did still enjoy it. One of the things I mentioned in my last Mercy review was that I wanted to see more of the pack's dynamic and magic. I got that in this book and that made me happy. I also wanted more Mercy-Adam time and I got that as well.
In Briggs' fifth novel, Mercy is still dealing with the backlash of being officially claimed as Adam's mate and her new role in the pack. There are some who think Mercy, being a shifter, is not suited to be the alpha's mate in a werewolf pack. We see in this novel the lengths some of the dissenting wolves will go to- including messing with Mercy and Adam's bond. Mercy is still learning how pack magic works as well as her mating bond with Adam, so it was really unfair that she got thrown for a loop over something she is still trying to understand.
I've really enjoyed Mercy and Adam's relationship. They have such a fierce need to protect the other and would go to the ends of the earth to save the other if in trouble. Most women would find Adam's possessive claims over the top, but there is something incredibly sexy about a man who would claim you as his and his alone. He is always staking his claim and reminding everyone that she is his. I have really liked seeing the evolvement of this relationship. Adam and Mercy have come a long way from the first book in the series. Adam has been so patient with her, especially after her incident in the third book. It's nice to see her finally starting to overcome that and give herself completely to him.
We also see more of Samuel in this book. Once a contending love interest for Mercy, we now see the loneliness and despair that Samuel feels as a lone wolf. His wolf takes over to keep him from doing anything else that could put himself in danger and it really breaks your heart that he doesn't feel like he has anything worth living for. Having a wolf take control is incredibly dangerous. Mercy knows she should tell Bran, Samuel's father and the Marrok, but she can't bring herself to just yet.
Mercy is thrust back into the fae world, as she is in possession of a book that is incredibly valuable. And the one person she received the book from is currently missing. Mercy embarks on a quest to find out what happened to him and well, you know Mercy. As usual, she lands herself in a pickle, always putting others' needs and well-being first. Which is why Mercy is a legitimate heroine worth appreciating.