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Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson #5)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  83,171 Ratings  ·  2,747 Reviews
Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, never knows what the day - or night - may bring in a world where "witches, vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters live beside ordinary people" (Booklist). But she is about to learn that while some secrets are dangerous whose who seek them are just plain deadly...

Mercy is smart enough to realize that when it comes to the magic
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Hardcover, First Edition, 342 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Ace Books (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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Carol.
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
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
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
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Maria V. Snyder
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I flew through this in 3 days! Love Adam - sigh!
Helen 2.0
Same old, same old. I love Mercy but these books are starting to show a clear pattern. I wish PB would shake up her plotlines a little with something (or someone) fresh.
Felicia
Jun 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jamie Collins
Apr 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-urban
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
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Angela
February 2018 Reread. Buddy read with Sarah and Erica.
February 2017 Re-read

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
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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
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samantha  (books-are-my-life20)
I never get tired of this series!!! The introduction of coyote is like icing on the cake!!! 5 stars!!!
Emma
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great instalment! This book involved the fae and the vamps didn't even get a bit part! It's interesting that when I read the first book in this series, I was almost put off continuing by all the werewolf politics. Here in book 5, there is a lot of werewolf politicking, but now that I'm happily ensconced in the series, it was interesting to read.
♥Rachel♥
Re-read March 25th 2017 Can't stop my re-reading binge!

****Spoilers if you haven't read the previous books****

Mercy navigates Pack dynamics and the animosity of some of the members. Being a coyote brought into a werewolf Pack doesn't make several happy, but there are a couple unhappy for another reason. Adam and Mercy's relationship strengthens in spite of some outside interference and I'm always impressed with the loyalty and love between them.

Samuel's mental condition takes a turn for the wo
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Espresso
Jun 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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!
Choko
*** 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
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Sarah
1st Read August 2010 - Rating 5 *
2nd Read March 2014
3rd Read January 2016
4th Read February 2017 - Rating reduces to 4 *
5th Read February 2018

Original Review

When Mercy gets a message asking her to look after a fae book that she had previously borrowed she is curious about what has happened to it's owner. Then she finds herself being targeted by a mysterious fae who is not only after her but also targeting Adam and her pack but what does this have to do with the book? To make matters worse Samuel,
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Bry
Aug 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jen
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
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I really enjoyed this book. Anyone who has been following my reviews probably already knows how much I love this series and this book was no exception. It was so nice to re-visit this wonderful story and spend more time with characters that I have grown to love. This wasn't the most exciting book in the series or my favorite but it was still a very solid read.

Mercy has a lot to deal with in this installment. She needs to find the ow
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Kathleen
Nov 14, 2012 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
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Jilly
"I thought you were dead," he said...
"Stupid," I said. "As if I'd die without taking you with me."
He smiled faintly.



Mercy has grown on me throughout this series. She still isn't as much of a smartass as I would like, but she is becoming more and more fun as time goes on. In this book, she is dealing with Samuel's issues while trying to figure out where Phin, the bookstore owner, has gone. On top of that, she has Adam's pack messing with her because some of them are not happy with her status as
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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,
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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
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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
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Sarah
Jan 12, 2017 marked it as book-folding-art  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love Patricia Briggs' writing, her Mercy Thompson series (and the Alpha & Omega books set in the same world) is one of my favourite urban fantasy series and I tend to reread it most years to get ready for the latest release. Since I have a section of my bookshelves dedicated to this series I thought it would be fun to make a book fold to add.

I decided I wanted to do a wolf howling at the moon (yes I get that Mercy is a Coyote but the majority of characters in the series are were
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Angie
Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Midu Hadi
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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) ...more
Bj
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
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Steven
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, read-in-2016
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.
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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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“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.”
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“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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