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Shifting Shadows

(Mercy Thompson #Shorts)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  20,272 ratings  ·  1,524 reviews

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
“Fairy Gifts”
“Alpha and Omega”
“Seeing Eye”
“The Star of David”
“In Red, with Pearls”

Hardcover, 450 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Ace
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Livvie I'm a huge fan, but it is starting to seem like Ms. Briggs books prices are going up and up. I won't be buying these until the price goes down, if it …moreI'm a huge fan, but it is starting to seem like Ms. Briggs books prices are going up and up. I won't be buying these until the price goes down, if it doesn't I can live without it since a lot of these short stories are already available in other collections. Authors complain about piracy of their books, but charging almost $13 for an ebook is one of the things driving people to piracy. (less)
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January - February 2015 Re-read: Buddy read with Sarah:

Original Review:
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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
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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.”
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Joint review by: Rabid Reads


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
Maria V. Snyder
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun collection of short stories and outtakes from the world of Mercy Thompson. I had two reasons for reading it - one is that I really enjoy the Mercy books and wanted to read more. And the second to see how Patricia Briggs put them together - I'm working on a collection of short stories with characters in my Study and Glass series of books and wanted to see how she did it. I liked the little intro before each story and will be stealing that idea.

As for the stories, they were fun and
4.5 stars

I'm biased.
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
destiny ♡ howling libraries
MercyVerse — Author's Order (MT, A&O, novellas, etc.):
novellas: in progress
GNHomecoming: ★★★☆☆
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 (
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: werewolves
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

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
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
4.5 Stars overall for best collection of short stories ever!

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
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
I couldn't pass up a whole book of short stories from the Mercy Thompson series. I love most of the characters and even though I had read some of them, I didn't mind reading them again. The only problem I had was since I am current with the series, some of the time frames were a little fuzzy.

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
1st Read August 2014
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
Renegade ♥
4 1/2 to 5 stars

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
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

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

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
Update 3/5/15Check out our group review of Shifting Shadows on Badass Book Reviews.

A must-read for all fans of Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series.
This anthology includes the Alpha & Omega novella and it reminded me just how much I love these two series.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Shifting Shadows is a collection of short stories and novellas from the world of Mercy Thompson. Most of these stories (like Alpha & Omega, the Charles & Anna prequel) were previously published, but the four new ones (Silver, Roses in Winter, Redemption and Hollow) are motivation enough to for running to your nearest bookstore on Semptember 2nd.

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
Jen Davis
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This anthology contains a smattering of short stories set in the world of Mercy Thompson. They span centuries. Some have no discernible link to the characters and storylines we know. Others tie directly in with the series. I enjoyed a few of the stories more than others, but I thought all were worth reading.

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
Heather C
I’ve been looking forward to this book for over a year! I had previously read only two of these stories (Alpha and Omega and In Red, with Pearls). All the others were new to me and if I would have known that some of them already existed, I would have gotten to them sooner. One thing that also makes this collection so great is that the author has written and little introduction for each story giving a brief background or where the idea derived from.

Silver (new) - This tells the tale of Samuel an
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

4 Stars!

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.

Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

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
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4.5/5; 5 stars; A

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.


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
I really enjoyed this audio collection of Mercy-verse stories. Some were creepy, some were lighter. As Briggs says, this was an opportunity for her to tell the stories of other characters, since the Mercy novels are told strictly from her POV.

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
Wanda Pedersen
What took me so long to read this collection of short stories set in the Mercy-verse? I'm just not sure. They are fun little vignettes, filling in some of the spaces between the novels. I was particularly taken with Asil's story (Roses in Winter). I suspect that a lot of us have a quiet crush on Asil.

Two of the stories I had read before, but they were worth reading again. Seeing Eye, the meeting of the blind witch Moira and her werewolf, Thomas, was also published in the anthology Strange Brew.
All Things Urban Fantasy
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

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
Tabitha (Lovely Books Blog)
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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
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2022, read-2018
If you are like me and dislike having to buy several entire books just to read stories and novella's by your favorite author, then this book is for you.

I'm luckier than most because most of these stories are unfamiliar to me. I pretty much refuse to buy anthologies so I haven't read most of these.

"Seeing Eye" and "Alpha and Omega" are the only two that I have read before. I must admit that "Alpha and Omega" is a novella that I read almost once a month - just for the sheer pleasure of seeing Char
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
I loved this, what a great idea having all the short stories so far for the Mercy Thompson series all in one place. Some of them I had already read and was happy to reread and others I had never seen. If you are a fan of the Mercy Thompson series, this is really a must-have.

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.
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this series and this collection of short stories do not disappoint. The romance of Ariana and Samuel was sad but saved itself to a happy ending in the outtake from 'Silver Borne.'
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.
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it

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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

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  • Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1)
  • Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2)
  • Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, #3)
  • Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, #4)
  • Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, #5)
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