Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Book Review - Patricia Briggs' Silver Borne

Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson Book 5) by Patricia Briggs
Published by: Ace
Publication Date: March 30th 2010
Format: Hardcover, 342 Pages
Challenge: Shifter Challenge 2011, Horror and Urban Fantasy
Rating: ★★★
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Zee's son Tad calls Mercy with worry over a mutual acquaintance. Phineas helped Mercy exonerate Zee with the loan of a book from his store awhile back, so the least she owes him is to check up and return the book. Instead of relieving Tad's fears, Mercy gets a bad feeling. But it's late and she heads home. Things with Adam are going well. She's learning to like the connection they now have, even if the constant feeling of the pack is a bit unnerving. A bit unnerving amps up to a real problem when out bowling someone in the pack plants bad thoughts in her head and a young child is almost hurt. But almost hurt is nothing compared to actually hurt. Samuel has tried to kill himself. Too long in the world and burying too many friends, he has tried to take his life and his wolf half has decided to take over. But the expected massacre of a werewolf without the human half in control does not happen. Sam seems remarkably on top of it... so perhaps if Mercy can just stay away from the pack for a few days so they won't report Sam to his father for execution she can sort this all out. And with the self imposed exile from Adam, she worries she's hurting him, when really she is just trying to protect Sam. As is the case with Mercy, things never go as planed. Instead of everything getting easier, everything gets harder. She looses Gabriel, her garage assistant, because his mother worries about the risk of werewolves, plus, it doesn't look good when a reality bounty hunter show shows up with a fake warrant for your boyfriends arrest with guns loaded.

One thing is clear. There's someone out to get her, and she has a feeling it has to do with Phineas' book, which can mean only one thing. Fae. Soon her home is torched and Adam is wounded. His lack of strength leads to the members of the pack who have been messing with Mercy to make a power play that goes wrong. But the one thing that is made clear is who the real threat is. Turns out it's not just fae, but a Fairy Queen. She wants the Silver Borne. It should have revealed itself through death or fire, but it remains hidden. So the Queen has taken matters into her own hands, or more aptly, hostages. She has kidnapped Gabriel and will make an exchange for the Silver Borne. Mercy agrees to the trade, even if she's not sure the book is the Silver Borne, and other nonsensical restrictions the Queen places her under in order to secure Gabriel and Phineas' safety. Turning to Zee they find a ray of hope. Ariana. Phineas' grandmother, the maker of the Silver Borne and Samuel's lost love. Working through all their difficulties, they head to the Queen's secret liar in Underhill and attempt to get back that which was stolen. But once you're in the land of the fairies, nothing is as it seems and you're playing by their rules. Rules they like to twist to their advantage. Here's hoping when they get out it's the same century.

My least favorite book in a long time in this series. First, let me get the tiny rant off my chest. Again with the kidnapping!!! Ok, rant done, mini rant shall not return till the next kidnapping... River Marked perhaps? Now as to why I didn't feel that "connection" with this book. To me, it took too long to delve into the fae plot while spending too much time on werewolf pack politics. Plus once we get to the fae we're in Underhill and have lost any real sense of how these characters work in the real world. The series works because it's our world, only different. It has an inherent plausibility to it that was lost the second they went into fairyland. It's like Mercy inadvertently ended up in a Tolkien story. But whereas this took us too far away from reality, the reality tv show crew took us too far into reality. It made it too "now." Which is why I've always disliked the references to Buffy. It's too current. Scooby-Doo is more a part of our shared cultural heritage, whereas Buffy is a show for fringe groups and has a cult following, ie, the readers of this book series. It was just too all over the place, lacked coherence, and with a depressing subplot. I hope River Marked gets back on track, because I don't want my new favorite series to go off the rails!


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