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Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs
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Jul 30, 2011

it was amazing

This is by far my favorite book in the Mercy Thompson series. Returning a borrowed book should be easy, right? Well, it’s far from easy in the world of Patricia Briggs. The premise of the book is that Mercy needs to return a very special book about the Fae. However, the more significant plot element is the developing relationship between Mercy and Adam, how it affects the pack, and the toll it takes on poor Samuel. From the beginning of the series, Samuel has been a sympathetic character, and old wolf, who wanted nothing more than to have a family. He lost Mercy when she was only a teenager and then once again to Adam. He’s been a doctor for hundreds of years, and, simply put, is weary of the world. He takes drastic steps to end his pain, causing his wolf to take over.

Also throughout the story, Adam’s pack, or rather some of the pack, has issues with Mercy’s involvement with Adam, and they take action. Pack power struggles and battles for dominance take center stage here as Adam is forced to defend his position as Alpha. And once that’s settled, Mercy, again motivated by friendship, finds herself in another dangerous mess facing off against the Fairy Queen. During the climatic scene where Mercy is trapped in the Queen’s realm alone with no hope of escape, the reader is treated to a brilliantly depicted visualization of the pack and its bonds. After reading so many hundreds of pages about the pack bonds and how the energy flows between them, I was thrilled to have this succinct and beautiful scene that explains them so clearly. This book has definitely gone on my to-re-read list.

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