Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs starts off on a whole new level of exciting. We have seen a lot of things happen to Mercy over the course of the series but Europe, all alone, kidnapped? I don’t think much can beat that. Just imagining what kind of havoc she would wreak on Europe and her kidnappers had my hands tremblings every time I sat down to read the book. And considering that Adam’s POV goes right along Mercy’s? Hell yeah, gimme.
But then Silence Fallen started to lose its overall cohesion. The plot didn’t wander, but rather, it split into not just two points of view, but into what started to look like two entirely different stories. Adam and Mercy’s adventures had become too separate, too disconnected, despite being in the same world and having the same end goal. Which just couldn’t be, could it?
Because this is Mercy Thompson and the series never disappoints
So, I kept on reading. And, of course, Adam and Mercy made it work. Any other characters may have failed. But these two? They’re magic. Despite being several countries apart, on their own, without the pack to rely on, without their friends, surrounded by powerful enemies, they managed to stay so very Adam and Mercy. So very dear. So very familiar.
Adam’s part of the story, in particular, was interesting because of the characters he finds himself surrounded with. And because, at long last, it is him buried under a pile of supernatural crap and not Mercy. Or, well, not just Mercy. Also, because of vampire politics. Nothing beats those. Oh, vampires.
But Mercy’s story is just as, well, Mercy kind of story. Her ability to get out of trouble is, impossibly enough, even more impressive that her ability to get into that trouble in the first place. She apparently needs only a few days and no money to travel all over Europe, escape multiple captors, awaken something old and dangerous, and piss off a supernatural leader or two. Oh, and get tangled in werewolf politics. Always a bonus.
And then came the ending…
And it was most perfect Mercy Thompson novel conclusion I’ve ever read. It ties those seemingly separate stories so neatly, with such a pretty bow. It drowned me in feelings. And punched me in the face with a few very unexpected but much-welcomed developments, whose names I shall not name. (Just scream, internally, very loudly.) But most importantly, the ending reminded me of why and just how much I love the Mercy Thompson universe and its wonderful beautiful characters. Kudos.
(That very last scene? Total killer. I teared up. Then laughed. And fell asleep feeling ridiculously happy. Nothing beats that.)
Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
Mercedes Thompson #10
Published by Berkley on March 7th 2017
Fae, Paranormal, Shifters, Urban Fantasy, Vampires
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