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I love Patricia Briggs' books. Her writing style is incredible, she is witty and real. Mercy is a relatable and likeable character; no Mary Sues here! The only reason I did not give it 5 stars was because the storyline was a little hard to follow as she jumped back and forth a lot. She did a great job of doing so, but the it felt like not a lot happened or the story was full of random characters and coincidences that didn't seem to connect with one another. Still, I always recommend Patricia Briggs! Every book of hers I have had the pleasure of reading has been a fantastic ride.
I have actually grown tired of reading Mercy's stories. It's the same thing poor old Mercy she changes onto a 80 coyote with no powers nothing special. Even though her half brother and father are both powered. Then we have the most powerful foe that even vampires and were fear... And Mercy faces them head on funny how it's always the same thing... stories different and yet still the same thing.
There's a reason I wait impatiently for the next merciful instalment. I love these people, even the ones I don't like. And like the best of books, I can reread the full set time and again and still spot something I did not get in the previous reads.
I very much enjoyed the switch up to multiple points of view. Great job of making their 'voices' different.
My rating system: 1= Disliked it, 2= Just Readable... wish/glad it was free, 3= Enjoyable but didn't stand out from the crowd, 4= Very enjoyable, well written, happily bought (will buy) more from this author, 5= Un-putdownable, riveting story, brilliantly written, may have changed my life finding this author.
This is my favorite UF series and I can't claim to be particularly objective. I really enjoyed the different venue for this book and all the players who have been mentioned in passing over the years. I really love how Mercy creates havoc and solves problems all at the same time. Fans of the series will enjoy this one.
5.0 out of 5 starsOne of best books of the series. Review by bestfantasyblog
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 17, 2017
Book ten of the Mercy Thompson’s Series doesn’t mess around by setting the scene or introducing the characters, Silence Fallen takes the reader straight into frantic action which continues non-stop for three hundred and eighty four pages.
There is hardly any time to relax on your seat with a cup of tea or a glass of wine, depending of the time of the day, when Mercy gets kidnaped by a very scary vampire. From then on, it feels like an Indiana Jones movie. Mercy faces evil vampires, frustrated ghosts, a dead Golum and a not so friendly Alpha.
Our favourite coyote has to use all of her resources while she tries to find her way back to her mate, Adam. Meanwhile, the Alpha of the Columbia Basin Pack builds a team of helpers to rescue his wife, reminding me of Team A from the eighties TV Show.
Apart from the fact that the book is full of action with a very strong plot and a brave heroine who is so noble she can’t stop helping even the most scary supernatural beings in the world, the thing that makes this novel so different from the others is the fact that you can hear Adam’s voice too.
The chapters alternate between Adam and Mercy’s point of view, giving the reader a better knowledge of the cascade of events that leads to an startling climax and an astonishing end.
One of my favourite books of the series so far, Silence Fallen ticks all the boxes for me. And the end it is just such a bonus…
I have read and loved all the books in this series and also in the related Alpha & Omega books. This is quite definitely one of the best.
The author takes the story to Europe where Mercy is kidnapped and separated from her pack and especially from her husband Adam. The author then follows both Mercy's story and Adam's as he negotiates werewolf politics and tries to find his wife. The split narrative which allows us to see things from Adam's point of view and not just Mercy's is a definite development in the series and I have enjoyed the last couple of books which have done this. I thought that the two streams went together well with a lot of tension as one person knew something which the other didn't. I liked the change of venue too and thought that the author was inventive in how she used the Eastern European setting and how she developed a new history for the werewolves who come from that area.
This book finally confirms something that we have seen coming for a few volumes and shows us that Mercy is not exactly who we thought she was. I liked this too and it opens out ideas for future stories. I do like a series that expands and develops its stories and characters as you go along. This is why I would not recommend this as your first Mercy Thompson book. You will enjoy it, of course, but you will miss some of the subtleties - start with the first book and work your way towards this tenth volume.
This is good quality urban fantasy with a good, fast paced plot and lots to enjoy. The alternative world is well drawn and believable and this book fits in well with the rest of the series.
5.0 out of 5 starsVery enjoyable book in a long series.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 13, 2018
I really enjoyed this book. It is another book where Mercy is separated from her pack. Lost and alone she has to survive against the big bad vampire.
The story is split between what is happening to Mercy and what is happening with her rescuers. The problem this gives the author is one of timing as we need to be in two places at once. Patricia Briggs has solved this by telling first Mercys part of the story, then we go back and see the same time period from Adams point of view. For this to work each chapter has to be headed up with the time period we are in along with some comments from Mercy..
I found this ok to read and got into the swing of it really fast. I have read other reviews where this is not a popular device. I thought it was brilliant. One of the previous books where Mercy was separated from the pack lacked something for me because it was so long before we had any input from them. This worked better for me.
I think this series is getting better with every book now. I have to say the series as a whole is well worth reading but this book is not the place to start because of the complex back story and the unusual way of telling the story.
5.0 out of 5 starsI also like the fact that the author added a little twist ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 1, 2017
My Thoughts: This is the first time that I have heard a book in this series where there are two narrators and it suited this book well. I guess that is why they chose to do it so. It made listening to the book very pleasant indeed! It added a little bit of a different flavour to the story than I would have had if I just read the book. I also like the fact that the author added a little twist in the end! That made the plot of this book the best yet in this series. And then there is the fact that I am an old die hard fan of these books already so I might just end up fan raving in this review... great world building.... great characters.... compelling story telling quality....
Can't wait for next year and get my hands on the next book!
Empirical Evaluation: Story telling quality = 5 Character development = 5 Story itself = 4.5 Writing Style = 5 Ending = 4.5 World building = 5 Cover art = 5 Pace = 5 Plot = 5 Narration = 5
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 13, 2018
I love Mercy Thompson books, about a Coyote shapeshifter married to an alpha werewolf.so I grab them as soon as they are published. Yes, Mercy's in trouble again. This time attacked, injured and captured by a scheming vampire, possibly the most powerful vamp in the world, and carried off to Europe, so we have some of the story from Mercy's point of view and some from her mate, Adam, head of the Columbia basin pack. Adam needs a team - vamps and werewolves - to get Mercy back, so they head off to Europe. In the meantime mercy is busy rescuing herself while trying not to start a war between Vamps and Werewolves. All good stuff.
5.0 out of 5 starsThis is a great book that also shows you the perspective of Adam ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 23, 2017
This book takes you back to when Mercy only had her wits and skills to protect her against the dangers in her life. She is taken away from the the safety of the pack and left to survive in an unknown place, with unknown enemies. This is a great book that also shows you the perspective of Adam and the struggles he faces when his wolf and him struggle with trying to find Mercy and the violence they want to unleash on anyone who wants to harm her.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the new dynamics this book brought, giving us more of Mercy and the unusual side affects of being a coyote and the struggles everyone goes to to bring her home safely.
5.0 out of 5 stars) so I'd rather recommend it to someone who has read most or at ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 16, 2017
I've been reading the Mercy Thompson books since my friend stumbled across book 1 in a bookshop years ago (probably about 8 years ago now?) and have been a fan of both this series and the Alpha & Omega series since the first book I've read. This one is number 10 (and hopefully not the last!) so I'd rather recommend it to someone who has read most or at least some of the other books, though it can stand on its own I assume. I'm mainly writing this because I've read a 1 star review before buying the book and wanted to contradict it a little. Yes, the main plot idea (Mercy gets into trouble, everyone drops everything to try and rescue her) isn't new. Yes, Adam having 'troubles' controlling his wolf, if you want to call it that, isn't new, however, the fact that werewolves in this series are portrayed the way they are is one of the main reasons I really enjoy reading the books. But this book offers lots of new stuff! Different perspectives make it more interesting to start with, it takes us away from the US and towards Europe and its own ghosts/legends and the way the people around Adam comes into play here is new and rather interesting. It is well-written, well-thought through and has a plot twist that made me grin quite a bit at the end and one I hadn't even remotely thought of! So even though the plot idea might not be new or unique, this book is just as good as any of the others in my eyes and already has me wiggling in my chair waiting for the next one :)
In the tenth book, Mercy is kidnapped by unknown supernaturals, in a plot to gain power. This one for a change takes us to Prague and Italy. And is also written from three POV - Mercy, Adam. And helpful werewolf called Matt Smith. As usual, Mercy doesn’t stay prisoner for long, and ma ages to irritate a lot of people, whilst also gaining lots of allies. Asa, has to play political for Once, to get Mercy back, and we meet some of the goblin hierarchy. Great fun
5.0 out of 5 starsBrilliant, excellent can’t wait for the next one but I have to
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 20, 2018
One of the much better ones. And I think this series is brilliant. You should read the series in order to under stand who’s who and who they are in relation to everyone else and why. The character break down at end of the book does help but best to have read the other books. This book is written differently as in each chapter covered a different aspect of what was happening Mercy and Adam, sort of 2 stories in one. Really good and didn’t guess what I consider a twist at the end but loved it. Will read again now I know to see if I missed any clues.
5.0 out of 5 starsexciting extravaganzas of violence vampires witches and werewolves
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 2, 2019
a thrilling continuation of the adventures of Mercy Thompson. Set mainly in the different arena of mainland europe. Abducted by the master of Milan, Mercy has to use all of the skills she has developed and then some to escape, hide, and eventually battle evil and right some ancient wrongs. A wonderful, captivating story that I did NOT want to put down. Excellent work. Keep them coming
2.0 out of 5 starsDisspainting read hoping for better in the next book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 16, 2018
I was a little disappointed by this book. I felt like the characters did not develop any further then in the previous books and the story centered around motivations of new vampires s didn't really make me care much about what was happening. I loved the previous book because of the nuances between the different races and the character development. Way too much uneeded exposition for me in this book. If the book was supposed to be about vampires I felt like Stephan should've played a larger role. Maybe the author might be running out of ideas for this set of characters and it might be time to move on. I hope this was just a slump. I will still read the next book but if it is more of the same I think I'm done with this particular set of books.
Please some one, tell me there will be more of this series! I first read up to book 5 at around 16. I'm now 25 're read all five then much to my relief i found there were more i hadn't read! I may be biast due to reading them when I was younger, but my god Patricia Briggs completely immerses you in her writing. Absolutely fantastic series! Completely in love with both Adam, Mercy and a few others! Would HIGHLY recommend if you are after a reading binge!!
I love this series from Patricia Briggs my only gripe is that its takes so long to write these books. Mercy is the type of hero that every woman would admire to be. Adam is the perfect man as well. Looking forward to the next one in the series as it only takes me a few hours to devour these books.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Bran Fan Club Meeting #43113
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 10, 2017
What can I say, it's book 10 in a series and it isn't getting old. The characters all interweave beautifully, the scenes of mild peril are exciting. I'll re-read it at a more leisurely pace than my initial zoom through, and I will undoubtedly appreciate it even more.