Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Silver Borne, by Patricia Briggs

Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, Book 5)In Silver Borne, Briggs continues the saga of Mercy Thompson, were coyote. One of her friends, Phineas, a part-fae owner of an antiquarian bookstore, has gone missing. Bounty hunters show up at her garage, with a warrant for the arrest of her mate, Alpha of the local werewolf clan, Adam. Someone is messing with the pack bond between herself and Adam, making her do things she wouldn't ordinarily. Also, her werewolf roommate, Samuel, son of the Marrok, has decided he's tired of life and attempts to commit suicide.
It's a mixed blessing that Mercy has so many friends, as on the one hand she feels responsible for all of them, and they can be used as hostages to her good behavior, but on the other hand there are plenty of folks to help out when the going gets tough.
One of the more powerful fae turns out to be behind the kidnapping, and Mercy must first deal with her minions and then the evil fairy herself in order to extract Phin from her clutches. The fae is after an old artifact that belonged to the bookseller, that he loaned to Mercy, and it's not entirely certain whether Mercy will escape the fae herself, much less free Phin.
She and Adam will also have to deal with unrest within the werewolf pack, as some factions want more power and others are offended that Adam has taken a coyote as his mate. As icing on the cake, how do you stop a suicidal werewolf?
My only regret about this book is that I finished it way too quickly. If you've been following Mercy's exploits, don't wait for the paperback, folks.

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