Ace Hardcover / March 11, 2014 / $26.95 print / $12.99 digital
An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.
Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.
Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.
Patricia Briggs does a one-two-POW in the eighth installment in her deliciously action packed and wickedly dark Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series. From book one, Mercy (Mercedes) Thompson, a skinwalker, has struggled to survive in a world that is prejudiced against her kind. Raised by the Marrok himself, (king of the werewolves), Mercy has always maintained a foot in the supernatural and human community, usually despised and distrusted by both.
Mercy has come a long way since meeting her now-husband, Adam Hauptman, and his pack. Her sense of justice and unwavering loyalty towards her friends and family has placed her in some very difficult and often deadly situations. She has survived the Fae, the vampires, river otters, and Adam’s own pack. But in Night Broken, Mercy is tested to the limit by her greatest enemy of all: Adam’s ex wife, Christy.
“...she would would use their dislike of me and fan it to hurricane-force division that would rain down on the pack in a flood of drama.”
This causes issues due to Mercy’s instability in the pack and her own feelings of inadequacy. Mercy has never felt like she belonged anywhere and Christy invading their lives only reinforces those feelings. Christy’s ability to play the martyr is already beginning to affect the pack and divide them.
“Just be care, Mary Jo. Be very careful. You’ve made mistakes before. Everyone makes mistakes. One you should not make is to imagine Christy will ever be Adam’s mate. He’s mine, and unlike her, I don’t throw away people who are mine.”
Christy left Adam and their marriage, unwilling to accept his being a werewolf. Throughout their marriage, Christy frequently accused Adam of being a monster. Something that Adam agrees with. Becoming a werewolf has always been a sore spot for him. Adam's feelings of insecurity return when Christy comes for help and sanctuary when an ex-boyfriend’s stalking takes a deadly turn. A psychopath wants Christy and nothing will keep him from getting her back. Even if he has to burn the world.
“I think your stalker just burned down your condo, building and all.”
Various allies and enemies come out of the woodwork to offer a helping hand or misdirection as Mercy, Adam, and the pack does everything possible to keep Christy and Oregon from falling to ruin. Revelations are made that hint at the trouble for the werewolves of North America. As usual, Mercy throws caution aside and makes sacrifices for a pack who doesn’t appreciate her efforts. Emotions run high and storylines are opened that tell readers that the games have just begun.
“If you get me or mine sent to prison, I’ll hunt you down.”
Ms. Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series is perfect for readers who love a suspenseful action packed urban fantasy paired with a realistic relationship between two incredibly intriguing protagonists. Long time fans may question the path this installment is taking, wondering where Briggs could be possibly going. All I can say is the ride is going to be bumpy from here on out so I suggest you buckle up and hold on.
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