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Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson #5)

4.38  ·  Rating Details ·  72,298 Ratings  ·  2,375 Reviews
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All-new action in the #1 New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series

When mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson attempts to return a powerful Fae book she'd previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.

It seems the book contains secret knowledge-and the Fae will do just about anything to keep it

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Published March 30th 2010 by Penguin Audio (first published March 1st 2010)
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Veronica Shields Shes also a lot more naked. Which is super classy on the publisher's part in a series that addresses the issue of sexual assault.
Beth Wynne I've read the first 4 so far and there have only been VERY brief mentions of Charles and no mentions of Anna. They seem to be parallel stories, at…moreI've read the first 4 so far and there have only been VERY brief mentions of Charles and no mentions of Anna. They seem to be parallel stories, at least so far. Bran shows up occasionally in this series, with his son Samuel Cornick being a main character. I don't know if this changes as the series progresses. BTW, Charles and Samuel are as different as chalk and cheese. Intriguing.(less)

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I don't recommend doing what Naomi and I did, which is read through the Mercy Thompson books back to back. It becomes reasonably clear that the reader is getting roughly the same story with different covers. I've spent a lot of time considering this; the series has many ardent fans, and I used to be among them. I think it all depends on what one enjoys in a story, and how tolerant one is of repetition. I'd rate my tolerance somewhere in the middle, but only until the tipping point occurs, either ...more
Jamie Collins
I can't deny that I read this book in one sitting, and that the narrative was absorbing. Briggs is a good writer. But by the next morning, all I could think of were complaints. I suspect I'll be in the minority in disliking this, though.

There's no Stephan at all. Maybe the author thinks everybody is sick of vampires. I'm not. I'm sick of the damned Fae. Their presence has ruined this series for me. They're too otherworldy and overly-magical for the kind of urban fantasy I enjoy. I've always like
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5 stars. This was a decent book as part of the ongoing Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series, and worth reading for those who are already into this series, but not one of my favorites in this series. It combines two or three plotlines:

(1) Mercy's ongoing issues with the werewolf pack, which become her mate Adam's issues, which leads to some insurrection in the ranks and a mixed martial arts kind of fight for position in the pack, including that of the Alpha. The disclosure of the conspiracy and
Alex is The Romance Fox
Patricia Briggs does not disappoint us in Silver Borne, the 5th book in her fabulous Mercy Thompson Series.
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We continue following Mercy’s life and the world that she lives in…trouble always follows her as she throws herself into saving or helping her friends.

This story goes deeper into the secretive and dark and dangerous fae world….
Mercy has something that the fae want back – a book she had borrowed from a fae friend, who is in danger because of that. She finds herself being contacted by the
I really enjoyed this book. My passion for this sub-genre has been waning because there has been SO much of it out there, but Mercy is one of the originals, and a really good heroine, working-class, compassionate and never perfect. I think I actually enjoyed this installment in the series better than the last, the characters were really fleshed out, the mystery was well-plotted. Nothing HUGE happens, but being comfortable with the world and the other characters is nothing to sniff at. Enjoyable, ...more
I love everything about this book!

Apr 03, 2010 Dara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Briggs is my drug of choice! I loved this book! It made me very glad that I had also read the Alpha and Omega series!
Read April 2, 2010:

Wow, wow, wow. I adored this installment of the Mercy series, and it is definitely one of my favorites. This book was a bit of a change from the rest of the series though. Usually Mercy's adventures are action driven with a lot of humor, wit, danger, and a sprinkle of romance to tease readers. With this book though romance definitely took the front seat in terms of plot with action/plot taking a more secondary role. Either way though it was fantastic.

The plot combined my 2 fav
January 2016 Re-read: Buddy read with Sarah

This is probably one of my favorite books in the series. I always love the ones that deal with the fae a little bit more than the others. And this one definitely has the fae in spades. Beyond that we really get to delve into the issues that Adam's been having in his Pack. I like that things don't magically get better, but that it takes work and figuring out the problem to get to a solution.

Samuel. What can I say about Samuel. He breaks my heart in this
4.5 stars - great!
This book was yet another winner for me in this series. I really loved it. I laughed a couple of times. . .I cried possibly a couple of times (but definitely after the end). :-)

I wrote the first paragraph of this review immediately after finishing this book. Time is not doing it any favors. Had I written this review yesterday, after finishing it, it probably would have been a five-star story. Now, though? Now I'm thinking it was just 4.5-stars-great.

The main reason for this d
Jun 26, 2014 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahh!! *satisfied sigh* I just re-read this book, and enjoyed it even more the second time. Up from 4 to 5 stars. So far, THIS book, #5, Silver Borne, is the BEST in this series. Enough plot and plenty of action, but also character driven and relational. Romance, too. I loved it!

By the way, Mercy is not a typical stock UF character. Quiz yourself with 15 questions about Mercy's age, ancestry, beliefs, occupation, etc.

Mild Spoilers Ahoy: Mercy and friends must rescue an old bookseller (Phin) and
*** 4.10 ***

Another wondrous Mercy Thompson adventure and another book added to my "really pleasant read" shelf. Mercy's world is full of magical creatures, most of which deserve their monster label. Our part time coyote is once again entangled in a game of life and death, as much as she tries to convince her friends and pack mates that she does not actively look for trouble. Last time the vampires were gunning for her, this time the local Fae are looking for something she is in possession of
Feb 02, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buddy read with Ange

1st Read August 2010 - Rating 5 * - Review HERE
2nd Read March 2014 - Rating 5 * - Review HERE
3rd Read January 2016 - Rating 5 *

Since it's been nearly 2 years since Ange & I buddy read this series last we decided we're well overdue another read in the run up to the release of Fire Touched next March.

I love this series so much! The characters, the world building just everything about these books makes them a comfort read for me. Along with Ilona Andrews's Kate Daniels serie
Duchess Nicole
Seriously, this is one of the most kick ass Urban Fantasy series out there. Mercy is the best type of heroine in that she's so atypical, it's impossible not to love her. She's more likeable than Rachel from the Hollows series by Kim Harrison, she's more down to earth than the pseudo romance-slash-UF series heroines out there. She's the best friend I never had, and considering all the beasties and baddies coming after her, that may be a good thing.

In this installment, the bond between her and Ad
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Posted on Under the Covers

It’s the return of the Fae in Silver-Borne! Like I said before, I don’t usually like fae stories, but Briggs is always an exception. Mercy Thompson always finds herself in the middle of a huge mess, but she’s always level-headed, always logical and keeps it simple.

With Mercy as the newest addition of the Columbia Basin Pack, she’s still getting used to having Adam inside her head with the bond and learning to deal with the other werewolves in the pack. As an independen
Midu Hadi
Jun 09, 2016 Midu Hadi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: UF/PNR fans
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Is there anything like holding the latest Mercy Thompson novel in your hands? Especially when it's all large and hardback and glowing? Because the window on this book seriously glows. And the spine and back are warm and golden and it's just so much prettier than the online images led me to believe. These are the simple things that make me happy. A beautiful dust jacket. A favorite author doing well. Spending time once more with characters who are friends now and who are none the worse for wear f ...more
5 "Traitors, Fae Magic & Self-Sacrifices" Stars for the story and narration!

Wow, Patricia Briggs really outdoes herself in Silver Borne! This little gem of an UF book is chock full with intersecting, separate plot lines among many diverse members of Mercy Thompson's world. Moreover, its not just the fantasy that makes this 5th installment in the Mercy Thompson Series special, but also its attention to the romantic connections and its impact on the life circumstances of several of the key cha
Mandi Schreiner
Mar 31, 2010 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why I read: One of my favorite series!!! I love Mercy and Adam.

Favorite Quote: There is something incredibly arousing about being wanted. I pulled my hand back and sucked in a deep breath. “Adam,” I said.

Mercy has two important men in her life. She is in love with her mate and head werewolf, Adam Hauptman, and worried about her roommate, Samuel. Samuel is the Marrok’s son, and outranks Adam, but is not part of his pack, which causes some tension between the two men. Samuel is very old (although
Beanbag Love
Aug 28, 2010 Beanbag Love rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I had to think about this one before rating it. There were some really fantastic scenes, but there were also a few things that seemed like they weren't explored well or didn't come to their logical conclusion based on what we know so far. The four stars is actually 3.5 - 3.75 rounded up.

Mercy's still living in her trailer with Samuel and working in her garage. Her relationship with Adam has progressed to the lovers stage but her relationship with the Pack has not imp
Lisa Kay
(This is a review of the audiobook.) Lorelei King narrates this first person POV, and I think she just keeps getting better at speaking as our little coyote-shifter garage mechanic, Mercy. She has a lot of voices in this adventure, which concentrates on the fae – but, definitely not this kind of fae (view spoiler) – plus werewolves (of course), and a (view spoiler) ins ...more
Jun 29, 2010 Bex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
The most anticipated change is Mercy's relationship with Adam, the werewolf Alpha. Adam's pack is still not completely welcoming to a troublesome coyote and in this book a few pack members decide to meddle in Adam's and Mercy's relationship. One of the best aspects of Briggs' books is the real and growing relationship of Adam and Mercy. Briggs has declined to throw these two into each others arms instead giving her readers the pleasure of watching two people become a couple. Love does not conque ...more
Another good book in the series, but I was left less satisfied than normal. Maybe because the last book I read was the A Game of Thrones series, but I think it was more than that. The story didn't really seem to advance anything, although thinking back on it, it did in some ways. There just wasn't enough of it, though.

The worst problem was the uneven pacing of the story. The beginning is a slow, meandering build up of issues. Then there are some new elements introduced with a sudden, frantic en
Sep 17, 2013 ♥Rachel♥ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-book
So, so, so good!! Love this series! Review, maybe...
Mar 25, 2015 Melindeeloo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
More Fae trouble and 'Pack 101' - another great Mercy offering from Briggs

The main dilemma in Silver Borne makes it a Fae-centric offering, but since trouble comes in threes: Mercy's also having issues with the pack bond and some pack members who are unhappy with a coyote in the pack, also things are not right with Samuel and Mercy's going to find out just how serious a problem that is. Mercy is a magnet for trouble as always - that's a given - but the resolutions to problems with the pack, and
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
My reviews for these books are getting kind of repeatative, how many ways are there to say I LOVE THIS SERIES! Not too many I think. So I have decided to do a list of what I love about this book:

1. Mercy & Adam- I love that rather then them having an immediate love-you-till-you-die connection that it seems to have grown and in this book you really see how deep the bond between them is. Indivdually, especially Mercy, they are likable characters brave and honest and the more I read about them,
As always, I love Mercy and her world. This one is no exception. From tricky fae to sexy werewolves, Briggs' world never ceases to entertain.
Apr 27, 2010 Dianna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-reading
Is it just me or do all urban fantasies, as their series get into the larger numbers and the authors are expected to write faster and faster, tend to move towards very complicated plots that should take forever to resolve, but instead all get a deus-ex-machina-like treatment at the end?

I think I just need to stop reading Laurell K. Hamilton, because I start to see the things I hate about her works in works I enjoy. I think that authors start to read her because she's such a huge bestseller, the
Mar 15, 2011 AH rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Werewolf lovers
Mercy and Adam have got to be the cutest fictional couple ever. Mated to Adam and under the protection of the pack, Mercy still lives in her trailer while she is dating Adam. I love the mating games played by Adam with his “partner in crime” Jesse. Jesse feeds Mercy all sorts of disinformation about a date so that Mercy must guess appropriate attire. Amusing and cute at the same time.

Mercy’s position in the pack is marked by dissention amongst the pack members who have difficulty accepting a non
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
Once again I loved this book! LOVED it!

The storyline is supposed to be about a magic fairy thingy that Mercy has and someone is out to get with whatever means necessary, blah, blah, blah... This was good. It gave the edge and action to the book BUT the real jewel here was the pack stuff and even more importantly the romance!

I won't get into details but the way we see the relationship between Adam and Mercy developing is just so addictive. I like the fact that their romance wasn't developed in a
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Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a na
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Other Books in the Series

Mercy Thompson (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1)
  • Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2)
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  • Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, #4)
  • River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6)
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“Why is it that all cars are women?" he asked.

"Because they're fussy and demanding," answered Zee.

"Because if they were men, they'd sit around and complain instead of getting the job done," I told him.”
“For Adam, screwed-up bonding thing or not, I’d wait forever.
“Really?” he asked in a tone I’d never heard from him before. Softer. Vulnerable. Adam didn’t do vulnerable.

“Really what?” I asked.
“Despite the way our bond scares you, despite the way someone in the pack played you, you’d still have me?”
He'd been listening to my thoughts. This time it didn't bother me.

“Adam,” I told him, “I’d walk barefoot over hot coals for you.”
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