Monday, March 6, 2017

#Review - Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs #Urban Fantasy @Mercys_Garage @AceRocBooks

Series: Mercy Thompson # 10
Format: Hardcover, 371 pages
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: Ace Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes—only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe... 
Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise...

Silence Fallen is the Tenth installment in author Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series. While out on a routine trip to the store, Mercy is kidnapped by a powerful vampire named Iacopo (Jacob) Bonarata, the Lord of the Night. Bloodied, hurt, and not understanding why she was taken, Mercy makes a plan. The first thing on Mercy's agenda is to find a way to escape. When Mercy does find a way to escape Jacob, his vampires, and pet werewolf Lenka she learns that she's in Italy. 

Now, Mercy has to get as far away from Jacob and his minions as she can, and hope that Adam finds her quickly before Jacob can catch up to her. Mercy later finds herself in the city of Prague, where things become even more twisted, and she ends up meeting even more powerful characters from Libor, the Alpha of the Vltava Pack, to Mary, the witch turned vampire & mistress of her own twisted seethe. But, the most curious character is one straight out of Jewish folklore; the Golem of Prague. 

Meanwhile, back home, Adam finds that his connection to Mercy has gone silent. He soon learns from Marsilia, who has a connection to Jacob, that Mercy has been taken to Italy. The reason for taking Mercy, and not Adam is pretty telling. If you've read this series, you know that Mercy has more than a fair share of powerful allies. Her actions in the previous installment came as a shock to the paranormal community. Jacob focused on Mercy because of what happened, in part, to being labeled as the most dangerous person in the Tri-Cities. 

Adam puts together a team to go after and help get Mercy return home. The team includes vampires Marsilia & Stefan (who is still bonded with Mercy), witch Elizaveta, and werewolf Honey Jorgenson who hasn't always seen eye to eye with Mercy, but is slowly rising in the ranks of the Columbia Basin Pack. Briggs alternatives perspectives between Adam and Mercy's. But, there is a caveat, and you must pay attention to each chapter so that you know what point in the story the actual events are taking place.

I really should address Jacob. He is head of the Milan seethe, the most powerful vampire in all of Europe, and his power reaches world wide. Jacob's reasoning for taking Mercy is pretty sound considering her announcement in the prior installment. Can Mercy and her pack really back up her words, or is something even more twisted happening out of the sight of the public eye? I even liked that Marsilia while not a fan of Mercy's, understands that her actions were pretty damn powerful and have set a course where vampires, fae, and werewolves will have to work together to back up Mercy's proclamation.

I give the author a whole lot of credit for moving this series away from Mercy's home base. Like other authors who have done so before, it gives the series, and author more freedom to introduce more characters. There is always a question about why it has to be Mercy who is kidnapped all the time. After all, Mercy has seen her fair share of horrible situations, and one of those continues to haunt her even in this story. One could say it has to do with who is more important. Is it Mercy, or is it Adam? I am rather fond of Mercy and Bran and do hope things resettle themselves. After all, he's the only real father figure she's had in her life, and it would have been a complete sham for them to lose touch over politics and inconveniences. 

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