Silver Bourne by Patricia Briggs

(Mercy Thompson, #5)

Being a mechanic is hard work. Mercy Thompson, for instance, just spent the last couple of months trying to evade the murderous queen of the local vampire seethe. And now the leader of the werewolf pack, who's maybe-more-than-just-a-friend, has asked for her help. A book of fae secrets has come to light and they're all about to find out how implacable - and dangerous - the fae can be.

OK, so maybe her troubles have nothing to do with the job. But she sure could use a holiday...

Okay, it may seem weird (even almost shallow?), but the books aren't nearly as good when Briggs focuses mainly on the fae and leaves out the vamps. Either way the story is good and the best thing going for it was the ending of the mystery. . Otherwise the mystery wasn't delved much into - she goes to the bookstore to wonder about Phinn (the main trigger to start the story), but then it seems it's all forgotten about for awhile while other person things take place.

After the fourth book held so many developments with Stefan and Mercy, it was a clean disappointment leaving him out completely.

The lack of romantic tension slightly hurts, mainly due to the fact that the author has build this more into a Paranormal romance form than Urban Fantasy by this point.

Adam was awesome and I especially enjoyed their scene in the garage after he finds out about Samuel. He's a great hero to our heroine and quite yummy. I love Samuel as a character and while it was sad what was happening to him, this has been foretold for several books now. Since the crisis has finally taken place, it almost seemed anticlimactic. And the very ending resolution for Samuel seems a bit cheesy and convenient.

The pack inner turmoil about her acceptance (or non) was intriguing also, and I was happy to see more of Bran in this one and his anger/protectiveness especially.

As always Briggs is talented with pen and prose. That said, she does have a bad habit of bringing up fascinating stories/characters, and then leaving them out completely of the next book to try something else instead of continuing the story lines which made me itch to read the next book so badly.

Overall this one was decent but not as exciting on a person or action/mystery level front. Adam and Mercy have a secured relationship, but when tension isn't existing, you can't carry the story as strongly with them as the primary focus of your story. Pacing was decent and did not bore, but suspense lacked.

If you're a fan of the series, read, but the earlier books struck me as better.

   Book Quotes:

“I knew he would never leave me, never let me down-because the man had never abandoned anything in his long life. If I hadn’t taken the gold rope of our bond, I knew Adam would have sat on me and hog-tied me with it. I liked that. A lot.” 

“My will broke at the sound of his voice, and my head turned with as much inevitability as a sunflower turning its face to the sun.” 

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