Thursday, April 8, 2010

Review: Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

Oh Mercy, Mercy, Mercy....

I've already seen several reviews about this book, so I'm going to skip the chit-chat and jump right in to why I loved this book:

Mercy and Adam: I loved how we got a bigger peek into their relationship; how Mercy was struggling with the new bond and Adam's continued understanding of her psychological reaction to certain events in previous books. His refusal to accept her apology had me smiling - he "gets" her. I absolutely LOVED the scene where Mercy finds the garland and rocks and rope. That scene completely melted my heart into a big ol' puddle of "awwwww!!!".

Samuel: I've always liked his character and enjoyed seeing a different side of him in Silver Borne. I thought it was a great showcase of how deep his feelings for pack and family (especially towards Mercy) are. Also a great view into the wolf/man relationship.

Bran: While Bran did not get a lot of page-time, that garland scene got me. I've always loved Bran's character, and this book is a perfect example of why I think he's so awesome.

The Pack: Although we didn't see a lot of the characters I've gotten familiar with , some of my favorites were here: Warren and Ben are probably my two favorite pack members and I enjoyed them immensely. I love that Ms. Briggs writes a gay werewolf whose definining characteristic is not that he's gay. He's a great friend to Mercy and a kick-ass werewolf. And Ben has done a lot of growing since the beginning of the series, I think. I really like him and hope we continue to see more of him in future books. It was also interesting to see the pack dynamic with reference to female status within the pack. I'm thinking there may be some changes a'comin.

The storyline: Ms. Briggs did a wonderful job hooking me in from the beginning. From the pack messing with Mercy to Samuel's accident to the mystery of the book, I devoured it all and read the whole book in a day.

I have only two niggles: 1: I missed Stefan. Honestly, I don't know what he could have added to this particular story, but I did miss him. And 2: I'm not sure how I feel about Samuel's friend. If you've already read the story you know to whom I am referring. I'm hoping Ms. Briggs can bring me around on that character in future books.

I wholeheartedly give Silver Borne 5 out of 5 stars!


  1. Agree with everything of what you said. Lurved this book.
    Great review!

  2. I can't wait to read this book - I love Briggs Mercy series, it's definitely one of my favs. Great review btw... I'm even more excited to read this book!

  3. Totally agree with all your points - we got great relationship and wolf stuff. Missed Stefan!!!

    Ending with Sam's you know who felt very was kind of like - HUH?

  4. *puts right hand on bible* I KC, solemnly swear to read Mercy series by Patricia Briggs by summer of 2010.

    Awesome review!

  5. Did not read one thing, got too scared, gotta save the spoilers

  6. SusiSunshine: Thanks, I loved it too!

    Heather: I couldn't wait any longer, as soon as it arrived I jumped right in!

    Chris: Looking foward to your thoughts!

    Mandi: Agree, esp. about Sam's friend.

    KC: Oh, yes, you've gotta read this series!

    Blodeuedd: I think it was pretty spoiler-free. Looking forward to your thoughts once you've read it.

  7. Ok...I couldnt read the review b/c
    I havent read the book yet but I have it! lol I love Mercy though and cant wait to read it! EPP! And to see you gave it a 5!!! :o)

  8. Fantastic review!

    I can’t wait to read this one. I love (love, love, love) Samuel and can’t wait to see what happens with him in this book. Kinda bummed to hear Stefan doesn’t make an appearance. I adore Warren and Ben (even though he can be an ass). I might have to dig into this one over the weekend.

  9. "I missed Stefan. Honestly, I don't know what he could have added to this particular story, but I did miss him" -yeah, I can appreciate that he might have felt out of place in this story, because there was no need for vampires, but I still missed him. This was the first book he was totally absent from.

    I didn't like Samuel's 'friend'. Way too convenient and neatly tied up. I was hoping for a Charles/Anna type love story for our Sam.

    Great book though- I loved that rock bit too! It was a little 'out there' and could have been weird, but Briggs was brilliant and it came off very heart-felt and precious.

  10. Monroe: Loved it, can't wait to read your review!

    Mama Bookworm: I like Samuel but he's not my fave character but I really liked him in this book. Ben kind of grows on you a bit ;)

    Danielle: I'm trying to keep an open mind about Sam and his friend.

  11. Patti-
    I cant wait to read it! lol OMG I just seen your True Blood count down! lol I LOVE that show...I also watch Tudors which starts THIS SUNDAY! YUM! Once TB starts back up you need to come discuss on Boob Tube!!! Who doesnt love talking about yummy vampires! lol

  12. Monroe: Oh yes, I love to talk about all thing True Blood! Haven't seen the Tudors but have heard good things about it.

  13. I'm so glad you loved it, Patti!
    I cannot wait to read it myself. I'm second on the holds list at the library and it couldn't be my turn soon enough. I'm such a wackadoo for not wanting to spend the money on the hardcover for my girl Mercy. Now I have to WAIT for my turn! Argh!

  14. Christine: Hopefully the person before you is a fast reader!

  15. Terrific review! I couldn't of said it better, this was a 5 out of 5 stars for me also. I missed Stefan too. Maybe the next one? Wonder when we'll get some information on it?

  16. Great review. I agree with everything you said. I really liked the Samuel storyline and finding out more about the pack dynamic, but I thought there was too much Fae stuff. I'm also not too sure about Samuel's new friend, but I can't wait to see what happens with that in the next book!