This is one book where the conclusion matches the excitement of the rest of the series. The action starts at the beginning and lasts the whole way thrThis is one book where the conclusion matches the excitement of the rest of the series. The action starts at the beginning and lasts the whole way through. At about half way I realized it was impossible to predict the end--something that always raises a book in my estimation. I was almost sure Wells was just going to kill everyone. I'll just say the climax was definitely climatic and didn't fall flat like so many other series.
That being said I still have a lot of unanswered questions about certain characters, which kinda made we want to lower my rating to four stars... But in the end, my enjoyment of the book as a whole made me decide to keep it at five stars. :)...more
I love this series. It is definitely one of the best Urban fantasies out there. (Ok, it's totally my personal #1). Briggs has great writing, great chaI love this series. It is definitely one of the best Urban fantasies out there. (Ok, it's totally my personal #1). Briggs has great writing, great characters, great world building, and great plots. I'll admit since 'River Marked' (#6) I've felt the books were slightly less brilliant than they were at the beginning, probably because I see less of a lot of my favorite characters (i.e. Samuel and Warren). While those characters are still a little too absent for my taste, 'Night Broken' seems to return to the same level of greatness as earlier books. I enjoyed every minute of this book. My biggest complaint was that it ended way too fast, which her books always do for some reason.
Highlights of this book:
Action: Never a dull moment.
Humor: As with all Briggs' books, this one made me laugh. A lot. It has a level of snark and sarcasm that matches my own. I loved the shoe story. I also love Kyle, and his response to a certain situation. We get to see Coyote again, who is always happy to amuse us. I particularly liked Gary Laughingdog's relationship with Coyote.
Tad: We see more of him in this book, and I have to say he is turning into one of my favorite side characters. I can't wait to read more about him.
Mercy and Adam: (This part is a small spoiler so you may want to skip it.) In 'Night Broken' we meet Adam's ex, Christy. I was so prepared for the classic story line of the ex coming between the couple and then the couple realizing what happened and then making up. Nothing made me happier to see it not happen. Did Christy cause tension between Adam and Mercy? Yes, but not enough to cause them to fight or separate or create anymore drama other than having Mercy working longer hours and skipping family meals. I loved it. Not only was I spared reading a story line I've read a million times, but I was able to read a story line about a healthy and strong relationship. Too often books (and movies) claim to have main characters in wonderful relationships (those 'one true love' soul mate ones that are above all other romances) and then fall apart at the first sign of trouble. Briggs definitely creates a wonderful, and--thanks to the mate bond, magical--relationship that is above all other ordinary relationships, but unlike other authors, Briggs actually writes in a way to prove it is in fact an amazing relationship. To that I say, thank you.