Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger…
A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson and the characters she calls friends…
Includes the new stories…
“Silver”... “Roses in Winter”... “Redemption”... “Hollow”
…and reader favorites
“Alpha and Omega”
“The Star of David”
“In Red, with Pearls”
Takes Place Before 01 Moon Called
Takes Place During 01 Moon Cal…moreIm not sure if this is what you looking for but
Takes Place Before 01 Moon Called
Takes Place During 01 Moon Called
Alpha and Omega
Roses in Winter
Takes Place Between 05 Silver Borne and 06 River Marked
In Red with Pearls
Takes Place Between 07 Frost Burned and 08 Night Broken
Takes Place After 08 Night Broken
Outtake from 05 Silver Borne spoilers
Outtake from 08 Night Broken spoilers(less)
Most of these stories have been out for a while, but - for some reason - I've had a hard time getting them and reading them. Nearly all of them were new to me when I picked up the book this time. Even if you have read all the previously published short stories, this anthology is definitely worth picking up for the four new novellas. "Roses in Winter" is my favorite of the four, but all of them were fantastic.
These storie ...more
Shifting Shadows is a collection of urban fantasy stories from the MERCY THOMPSON universe, along with a couple of outtakes or brief scenes from recent novels in the series. Several different characters, who will already be familiar to readers of this series as secondary and minor characters, are given the protagonist role in these short stories, along with at least one new character that I believe is completely new to the series, Elyna in “Gray.” ...more
Carmel: I only just recently got caught-up on Briggs’ MERCY THOMPSON series, thus I’m not as familiar with the mythology surrounding the Cornick family as Jessica some readers, so when Ariana showed up in SILVER BORNE I didn’t realize that her and Samuel had a history that spanned hundreds of years. I really enjoyed this short because it helped to fill-in a lot of the blanks in their past, and was a great overview of Bran’s lineage; it helped me to better unders ...more
Mercy is my favorite urban fantasy heroine, and Patricia Briggs is my favorite UF writer.
Just a bit biased...
Still, I think this is the best collection of short stories I've read so far, and that's saying something. The price tag for this little beauty on Kindle is $10.99 right now, and I'd have to say it would be worth every penny for fans of this series.
Once again, you can tell that Briggs is an author that cares about not only her readers, but the chara ...more
MercyVerse — Author's Order (MT, A&O, novellas, etc.):
novellas: in progress
GN — Homecoming: ★★★☆☆
MT — #1 Moon Called: ★★★★☆
AO — #1 Cry Wolf:
AO — #2 Hunting Ground:
MT — #2 Blood Bound:
MT — #3 Iron Kissed:
MT — #4 Bone Crossed:
MT — #5 Silver Borne:
MT — #6 River Marked:
AO — #3 Fair Game:
MT — #7 Frost Burned:
AO — #4 Dead Heat:
MT — #8 Night Broken:
MT — #9 Fire Touched:
MT — #10 Silence Fallen:
AO — #5 Burn Bright:
I'm reading this collection in the order recommended on Patricia Briggs' website ( ...more
I only just recently got caught-up on Briggs’ MERCY THOMPSON series, thus I’m not as familiar with the mythology surrounding the Cornick family as some readers, so when Ariana showed up in SILVER BORNE I didn’t realize that her and Samuel had a history that spanned hundreds of years. I really enjoyed this short because it helped to fill-in a lot of the blanks in their past, and was a great overview of Bran’s lineage; it helped me to better understand her deep-seate ...more
Not a dud present in this entire book! "Fairy Gifts" shines the brightest. It's also a terrific introduction to new Patricia Briggs readers. There's also a Mercy story for fans craving something new after the last release, Night Broken. In addition, the outtakes from Night Broken (Adam's POV) and Silver Borne (Ariana & Samuel) were the 'cherries on top' of this delicious collection.
"Silver" - 4 Stars
(This story can stand-alone. For Sa ...more
Silver - 4 ★'s
This is a new story about how Bran and Samuel became werewolves and what they went through. It was interesting to get some of their family history. I was also happy to find out how Samuel ...more
2nd Read February 2016
3rd Read February 2017
Buddy read with Ange
I'm a huge fan of Patricia Briggs, her Mercy Thompson series is one of my favourites and I just adore the world she has created. One of the best things about these books is the amazing characters, not just the main characters like Mercy and Adam (or Charles and Anna in the Alpha & Omega books) but also all of the secondary characters like Bran, Samuel, Warren, Ben, Asil and many, many more. The scope of this worl ...more
I want to start by saying I’m not a big reader of short fiction, and on the whole I tend not to bother with any novellas, short stories or anthologies that are companion to an existing series. Part of this is due to my preference for full-length novels, but I’ve also not had the best experiences when it comes to the short format. Characters are world building are important for me, and with only a few exceptions, most short ...more
The truth is , I don't care much for shorter-than-novel work. :\ Except when it comes to Patty Briggs- I loved every one of her stories she wrote for various anthologies that I got to read and having them at one place was a great idea.
I reviewed here only new stories:
Silver - 3.5 stars
This is Sam and Ariana origin story, briefly touched in Silver Borne.
Frankly, I was dreading of reading this, because I -we- know it's a not a happy end story. You see, I grew so attached to Samuel reading fi ...more
I read these short stories with the Mercy Thompson series and the connected Alpha & Omega series in the order recommended by the author. I really enjoyed this collection and the added layers/dimensions these tales bring to the MT series and AAO series (and its many interesting characters) overall.
✔Silver (short story) - 4 1/2 stars - 05/24/20
✔Gray (short story) - 4 1/2 to 5 stars - 05/24/20
✔Fairy Gifts (short story) - 4 1/2 stars - 05/24/20
✔Seeing Eye (short story) - 4 1/2 stars ...more
I love Patricia Briggs. I absolutely love the Mercy Thompson series and the Alpha & Omega series. So when I saw that this book was being released, it was an absolute given that I was going to read it. Most of the stories in this anthology were new to me but I had previously read several of them in other works. The stories that I had previously read were so good that I decided to read them again when I sat down with this book.
After reading the last Mercy Thompson released this year, which rocked, I was excited to see this anthology in the bookstore in the discount aisle. More Mercy? Check.
Unfortunately despite the promise of more stories from the Mercy Thompson world and the as-usual intriguing cover, I was bored with a majority of these stories. I'm one of those odd fans who doesn't prefer the Alpha and Omega series. In fact, I didn't even like the first book since it felt like paranormal romance overload t ...more
But even without those four stories, owning all these stories about Mercy and her friends in one gorgeous hardcover edition is certainly worth its price ...more
Silver (new) - This tells the tale of Samuel an ...more
Silver – I have to admit that when we were first introduced to a Samuel/ Ariana pairing in Silver Borne, it felt a little too convenient for me. Samuel had been pining for Mercy and then all ...more
This was a bit of a hit and miss for me, thankfully there were a few more hits than misses. There were some stories that were really engrossing because of the characters or the history that was revealed (Silver, Gray, Roses in Winter), some were fairly entertaining but ultimately didn't make much of an impression on me (The Star of David and Seeing Eye), and they were a couple that didn't impress me at all (Butte, Hollow, Redemption).
-SILVER. It was interesting getting a look into Bran a ...more
This book of short stories, novellas, and out takes is a real treasure for fans of the series. If you haven't read the whole Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series you probably should skip it except for the Alpha & Omega short story which is a prequel to that series and one of my all time favourite short stories. I have read a couple of these in other anthologies but really appreciated having them all together in chronological order along with author notes preceding each one.
These were mostly narrated by Lorelei King who is the voice of Mercy for many of us. A few stories were narrated by Alexander Cendese as well. Overall I enjoyed all of the stories. However, I didn't care for this narration of Alpha and Omega, simply because ...more
Right of the bat Silver really impressed me, I was never a huge fan of Samuel in the Mercy Thompson series; he was okay, but I just never really felt any connection to him and I didn't particularly care what he was up to. However, this story changed all that. In Silver we get a deep look into Samuel's origins and even get to see the moment that he becomes a werewolf. Samuel has gone through a lot of hardship in his life ...more
Ardent fans of Patricia Briggs may have already pieced together parts of this collection, housed in beat up paperbacks and anthologies already published. To have these existing stories and more gathered and carefully arranged by series timeline, makes this lovely hardback a treasure for any collector to have on the shelf. From a pure reading perspective, “Roses in Winter”, a glimpse of the child survivor mentioned in BLOOD BOUND, made this book worth t ...more
What I liked was the insight into some of the secondary or briefly met characters we have seen in the series so far. It does nothing but enrich the world Briggs has created and leave me wanting more.
Along with this is a group of wonderful stories that I am so glad to have read, and some to have read again. Great fillers for Mercy's world.
Silver ~ ★★★★
The story of how Bran and Samuel were turned, and Sam's and Arianna's first meeting.
A dark and painful story for everyone involved, that gives valuable insight into both of them as characters.
Fairy Gifts ...more
Previously Published Stories
Alpha and Omega. 4 stars. Good story, but I liked Holter Graham's narration much better. From Briggs: The firs ...more
1)SILVER (4,5 stars) Samuel and Ariana story. I'm the first to admit that I'm not a fan of Samuel (mostly for his pursuit of Mercy without telling her all the facts. Always was 'Team Adam' on that front) But I really enjoyed this story center in century old times in a very magical setting.
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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 n ...more
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