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Book Review & Giveaway: Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

Title: Silver Borne

Author: Patricia Briggs

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Contemporary Fantasy

Publisher: Ace (US) / Orbit (UK)
Publication Date: April 2010 (US & UK)
Hardcover: 352 pages (US)

When mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson attempts to return a powerful Fae book she’d previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.

It seems the book contains secret knowledge-and the Fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn’t take enough of Mercy’s attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side-leaving Mercy to cover for him, lest his own father declare Sam’s life forfeit.

All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn’t careful, she might not have many more to live…

Stand alone or series: Book 5 in the ongoing Mercy Thompson series

How did I get this book: Review Copy from the publisher

Why did I read this book: I love this series. I *LOVE* this series. I count the days between the release of each book in this series. Seriously, this is one of the finest ongoing urban fantasy series’ around – Mercy is the ideal, genuine heroine, and Patricia Briggs’ gift for storytelling is damn near unparalleled. Of course I lapped this book right up.

Review:

Mercy Thompson has been put through the grinder in her past four books – terrorized by vampires, thrown into fae politicking, and struggling to make her way through werewolf drama. Silver Borne begins with a Mercy that is, mostly, at peace with herself and her place in life. She’s accepted her role as Adam’s mate, making her the second highest ranking person in the Tri-Cities Pack. Things with Samuel are settled and seem to be going smoothly. Mercy’s shop is back in working order, and she can take solace and rest in the work she loves.

Of course, things can never stay so idyllic and peaceful in Mercy’s turbulent life – soon enough, trouble rears its ugly head. Someone is messing with the young, tenuous mate bond between Adam and Mercy, manipulating their emotional connection and trying to separate them for some unknown, greater purpose. Samuel is involved in a tragic “accident” – which turns out, was no accident at all. An old, tired, lone wolf, Samuel has tried to kill himself, only to have his wolf side take over and save them from death at the last minute. While Samuel is thankfully still alive, the bad news is that his wolf is in charge – according to law, he should be put down (as wolves that dominate their human halves invariably turn into crazed werewolves of horror legend). Mercy can’t do that to Sam – and is forced to lie about his condition to both the Marrok (the most dominant werewolf in North America, and father of Samuel) and Adam. Not to mention, Mercy finds herself entangled with matters of the fae yet again. A certain book she was loaned from bibliophile Phin suddenly seems to be attracting all the wrong attention. Throw in an overzealous bounty hunter, fae assassins and an arson attempt, and Mercy’s got her hands very, very full.

As you’ve probably surmised, Silver Borne is another three hundred-some pages of intense action, tight plotting and character development, all delivered in a seamless, expertly written manner that is Patricia Briggs’ trademark. Ms. Briggs juggles three separate, central conflicts in Silver Borne, and manages to tie these threads together and pull off the novel seamlessly. One of the things I love the most about this series is how little “filler” there is – although the novel is full of action and heavy plotting, it never falls into the trap of mindless action for action’s sake. Every scene in Silver Borne holds significance and is vital to the progression of the story. And that’s pretty cool (especially in a subgenre chock full of lazy plotting or so-called “mysteries” so painfully obvious that anyone with half a brain could solve them). Ms. Briggs’ prose is deft and sure-footed per usual, making Silver Borne – like the rest of the books in the series so far – one of those reads. (You know the ones I mean – they’re the ones that have you up all damn night, making weaker justifications to yourself about the hour – i.e. “Oh, it’s only 3am! I can still get in four hours of sleep! Four hours is totally fine!”)

I loved that Silver Borne shifted the focus of the series back on the Tri-Cities pack, expanding on the intricate dynamics that make up a werewolf group. Mercy’s cemented role as alpha Adam’s mate, while it sounds all lovely and nice and happy, holds serious consequences, and I loved that Ms. Briggs took a hard, long look at how a pack of dominant wolves would view being subordinate to a mere skinwalker coyote. The resentment from within the pack feels wholly genuine, and I loved reading about the pack, embroiled in conflicts because of this status shake-up, and the cutthroat politics that predators, understandably, abide by.

And that’s just the werewolf component of the story! Ms. Briggs also delves a bit deeper into the fae denomination of her Tri-Cities world, as someone is after the titled “Silver Borne” artifact. The fae in this series have long been my favorite secondary aspect, and I was ecstatic to see a return to these terrifying creatures (as opposed to more vampires) in book 5.

The only thing I wasn’t crazy about with in Silver Borne was the *very* convenient appearance of a supposed old flame late in the book (for Samuel). Sam’s conflict is a little emo, but understandable given how much of a mess he has been and considering how old he is. I feel for the poor guy, especially since the triangle between him, Mercy, and Adam has been resolved, but this plot development felt a little too…opportune for my tastes. The whole situation feels out of place with the rest of the series, especially in comparison to some of the harsher, grittier relationships Ms. Briggs writes here and in her spinoff Alpha and Omega books. BUT, that’s a matter of personal taste, I suppose!

What else can I say about Mercy Thompson? She remains my favorite Urban Fantasy heroine because of her savvy, her acceptance of her place in the power hierarchy of Tri-Cities, and her awesome, unparalleled level-headedness. In this book, I found it very interesting that since her role in the pack has drastically shifted, she’s forced to take the reins in pack-politics – it’s a new side of Mercy that I truly enjoyed seeing.

Even better than Bone Crossed, Silver Borne is my favorite Mercy book behind Iron Kissed. Absofreakinglutely recommended.

Notable Quotes/Parts: From Chapter 1:

The starter complained as it turned over the old Buick’s heavy engine. I felt a lot of sympathy for it since fighting outside my weight class was something I was intimately familiar with. I’m a coyote shapeshifter playing in a world of werewolves and vampires — outmatched is an understatement.

“One more time,” I told Gabriel, my seventeen-year-old office manager, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of his mother’s Buick. I sniffed and dried my nose on the shoulder of my work overalls. Runny noses are part and parcel of working in the winter.

I love being a mechanic, runny nose, greasy hands, and all.

It’s a life full of frustration and barked knuckles, followed by brief moments of triumph that make all the rest worthwhile. I find it a refuge from the chaos my life has been lately: no one is likely to die if I can’t fix his car.

Not even if it is his mother’s car. It had been a short day at school, and Gabriel had used his free time to try to fix his mother’s car. He’d taken it from running badly to not at all, then had a friend tow it to the shop to see if I could fix it.

The Buick made a few more unhealthy noises. I stepped back from the open engine compartment. Fuel, fire, and air make the engine run — providing that the engine in questions isn’t toast.

“It’s not catching, Mercy,” said Gabriel, as if I hadn’t noticed.

He gripped the steering wheel with elegant but work-roughened hands. There was a smear of grease on his cheekbone, and one eye was red because he hadn’t put on safety glasses when he’d crawled under the car. He’d been rewarded with a big chunk of crud — rusty metal and grease— in his eye.

Even though my big heaters were keeping the edge off the cold, we both wore jackets. There is no way to keep a shop truly warm when you are running garage doors up and down all day.

“Mercy, my mamá has to be at work in an hour.”

“The good news is that I don’t think it’s anything you did.” I stepped away from the engine compartment and met his frantic eyes. “The bad news is that it’s not going to be running in an hour. Jury’s out on whether it will be back on the road at all.”

He slid out of the car and leaned under the hood to stare at the Little Engine That Couldn’t as if he might find some wire I hadn’t noticed that would miraculously make it run. I left him to his brooding and went through the hall to my office.

Behind the counter was a grubby, used-to-be-white board with hooks where I put the keys of cars I was working on — and a half dozen mystery keys that predated my tenure. I pulled a set of keys attached to a rainbow peace sign keychain, then trotted back to the garage. Gabriel was back to sitting behind the wheel of his mother’s Buick and looking sick. I handed him the keys through the open window.

“Take the Bug,” I told him. “Tell your mom that the turn signals don’t blink, so she’ll have to use hand signals. And tell her not to pull back on the steering wheel too hard or it will come off.”

His face got stubborn.

“Look,” I said before he could refuse, “it’s not going to cost me anything. It won’t hold all the kids” — not that the Buick did, there were a lot of kids — “and it doesn’t have much of a heater. But it runs, and I’m not using it. We’ll work on the Buick after hours until it’s done, and you can owe me that many hours.”

I was pretty sure the engine had gone to the great junkyard in the sky — and I knew that Sylvia, Gabriel’s mother, couldn’t afford to buy a new engine, any more than she could buy a newer car. So I’d call upon Zee, my old mentor, to work his magic on it. Literal magic — there was not much figurative about Zee. He was a fae, a gremlin whose natural element was metal.

“The Bug’s your project car, Mercy.” Gabriel’s protest was weak.

My last project car, a Kharmann Ghia, had sold. My take of the profits, shared with a terrific bodyman and an upholsterer, had purchased a ’71 Beetle and a ’65 VW Bus with a little left over. The Bus was beautiful and didn’t run, the Bug had the opposite problem.

“I’ll work on the Bus first. Take the keys.”

The expression on his face was older than it should have been. “Only if you’ll let the girls come over and clean on Saturdays until we get the Bug back to you.”

I’m not dumb. His little sisters knew how to work — I was getting the better of the bargain.

“Deal,” I said before he could take it back. I shoved the keys into his hand. “Go take the car to Sylvia before she’s late.”

You can read the full chapter online HERE.

Rating: 8 – Excellent

Reading Next: Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

We are giving away THREE copies of Silver Borne! Up for grabs are TWO copies of the US edition of the book and ONE copy of the UK edition. To enter, simply leave a comment here letting us know which Mercy book is your favorite. Entry is limited to those with mailing addresses in the US or UK, and the contest will run until Saturday, April 3 at 11:59 PM (PST). Good luck!

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93 Comments

  • Stacy W
    April 1, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I am dying to read this one! I can’t believe it is better than Bone Crossed, which to answer your question, is my current fav. Sounds like Silver Borne is a contender! YAYAYAY!! :mrgreen:

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  • Sabrina
    April 1, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I have to be totally honest – I have yet to read this series. 🙁

    I’ve heard nothing but great things and even bought the first book, but haven’t moved it up in my TBR pile yet. I might have to after your review so I can get the rest and read this one!

  • Alicia
    April 1, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Okay, these books are HANDS-DOWN the best books I have read in a long time.

    Choosing a favorite is always hard, but Iron Kissed was definitely my favorite to date.

  • mel butcher
    April 1, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    i haven’t come across these books yet, but wow, they look amazing.

  • Sarah
    April 1, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Tough call, but I think my fave is the last one (Bone Crossed) because I really appreciated the way Briggs dealt with Mercy’s trauma. Oh, and Adam. There was lots of Adam. That’s good, too.

  • Danielle Yockman
    April 1, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    I have not read the series…but everyone is saying such good things. I would love to try it out!

  • Carla
    April 1, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Oh my goodness, I am seriously green with envy that you have read this book. Mercy Thompson is one of my favourite series and Briggs is a superstar. The spin off series is one of my favourites too!!!

    I would enter the giveaway, but I already paid for my copy and it should be sent soon from book depo. This review was amazing and made the anticipation for the book that much more thrilling. Thanks girls, you are brilliant!!

  • twimom227
    April 1, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I haven’t read these books yet, so I can’t tell you which book is my favorite! This series is on my wish list!

  • danielle
    April 1, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    IRON CROSSED BITCHES! The drama is astounding.

    And OMG THE UK COVER PLEASE!

  • Laura Summers
    April 1, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Absolutely love the Mercy series! They are unputdownable (that’s a word in my world 😉 ) Very hard to choose my favourite…. probably the darkest, but it’s got to be Iron Kissed.

  • Tabby
    April 1, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    My favorite is Bone Crossed. I can’t wait to read Silver Borne. 😀

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Elena Gleason
    April 1, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Amazing series. Possibly my all-time favorite urban fantasy. My favorite in the series so far is Iron Kissed. I can’t wait to read Silver Borne!

  • Dwayne
    April 1, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    My fave? Iron Kissed through and through!

  • Roxanne K
    April 1, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I can’t wait to read this, and yet at the same time I’m terrified for Samuel. I do love this series, though!

    I think my favorite is the third one, Iron-kissed. Watching Adam go berserk, and the further development of Mercy’s relationships with the wolves and the Fae, hooks me every time I re-read it.

  • Rosey
    April 1, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I loved MOON CALLED the best…the IRON KISSED 😀

  • Leslie
    April 1, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    This is one of my top 5 favorite series so it’s hard to choose a favorite book. I would say Iron Kissed is my favorite but have loved them all!

  • Samantha R.
    April 1, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    My fav so far is Iron Kissed. Can’t wait to read this one, though!

  • Lillie H. (AliseOnLife)
    April 1, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Iron-Kissed was my favorite one so far, but the whole series is so well-written and engaging. I’ve been waiting for Silver Borne to come out. Though the hardback edition would put a dent in my book budget, I’m not sure that I could wait for it to come out in paperback!
    The US cover is in keeping with the series theme. (Mercy and her tats) I gotta say, though, that I love the UK cover. It seems more like Mercy herself; somewhat lonely and held apart from the world. I also like that she is holding the wrench. Her job is really an in-born part of Mercy.

  • Belinda B.
    April 1, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I am new to the series. I am still reading book 1. I love that Mercy is a strong female character.

  • Chelsea B.
    April 1, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I’ve not read the series but I AM planning to start it soon! SO count me in!

  • Michelle in Colorado
    April 1, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Iron Kissed

  • van pham
    April 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    My favorite mercy thompson book is Bone Crossed! Can’t wait to read Silver Borne.

  • Indigo
    April 1, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Squee! Sorry a bit excitable huh? I have the first 4 in this series and absolutely love it! It’s a hard pick between Iron kissed and Bone Crossed. Iron kissed leans slightly heavier on the fav. side. I love the US covers. Thanks for entering me!

  • Kristen
    April 1, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Like many others, my favorite is easily Iron Kissed even though I love them all.

  • Scorpio M.
    April 1, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    I am new to this author and series but I keep seeing her name everywhere, would love to give her books a try. thanks.

  • sarac
    April 1, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    So hard to choose, but if forced, I’d have to go with Iron Kissed.

  • Julia
    April 1, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    This is one of my top 5 favorite series. Thank you so much for hosting this contest! Count me in!

    My favorite book in the series is definitely Iron Kissed. I don’t know if Silver Borne can trump that, but I’ll let it a try 😉

  • Michele
    April 1, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    My favorite was Blood Bound.

  • Katie
    April 1, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Oh, I’d love to get a copy! As for a favorite, I’d have to say Iron Kissed, with Blood Bound being a very very close second.

    Thanks!

  • Adrienne
    April 1, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Seriously, best UF series out there and I too count the days (I had a widget on my computer, NERD ALERT!). I really love Mercy because she is normal. She isn’t rich, she wears jeans and t-shirts with mysterious stains, you can relate to her. Count me in for the give away. 😆 Favorite book..so hard to decide.. I have to go with Iron Kissed, between the fairy juice, Zee, going to the reservation, Adam…it was all good!

  • Ava
    April 1, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    I absolutely love this series.

  • Tiah
    April 1, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Awesome! Mercy is my favorite girl too. My favorite book in the series (so far) is Iron Kissed with Bone Crossed not to far behind.

  • Janell
    April 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Have say I love them all. I am anxiously waiting for the UPS man to drop off my copy-then I’ll download it to my Kindle TOO! Am re-reading Hunting Ground while I wait.

  • Kimmy Davis
    April 1, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    It’s pretty even between Iron Kissed and Bone Crossed for me. I love the Alpha and Omega books too…..
    Thanks for the chance to win! 😀

  • Tiffany M.
    April 1, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    A favorite??? Well, after thinking it over I think Blood Bound is a favorite, because of certain ghostly elements brought into the story. ^^ I love the Alpha/Omega books, too!

  • Maria Delgado
    April 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    I have never read them, but would love to win a new book! I am in somewhat of a reading rut.

  • J
    April 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I haven’t read this series yet, but I’ve heard great things. Moon Called is on my to read list.

  • WonderBunny
    April 1, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Yay! I love this series and this authors books.

    😀

  • Lisa Richards
    April 1, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Iron Kiss rocked! Would love a copy of Silver Borne.
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  • Shelia G
    April 1, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Blood Bound is my favorite.

  • music_lover3
    April 1, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Oh my goodness, I’ve been waiting for this book to come out forever. I cannot wait to read it! And I’m so glad that it’s even better than Bone Crossed, which is currently my favorite right now, along with Moon Called. I would so love a copy, especially the US one! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jennifer
    April 1, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    My favorite has to be Bone Crossed. I can’t wait to read Silver Borne.

  • Jenn Y.
    April 1, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Bone Crossed is my favorite but they are all fantastic. I have read everything that she has ever written (I loved Hob’s Bargain) and will continue to do so!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jocelyn C.
    April 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I love these books! My fav has to be Blood Bound, because I love Stefan, vigilante Mercy, and the growing sexual tension with Adam.

  • Moonsanity
    April 1, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I LOVE Patricia Briggs and Mercy. Man, I cannot wait to read this book. So far my favorite is the end of 3 and Book 4. I have to say that what happens between Adam and Mercy after she is attacked has to be one of the best stories I have EVER read. The writing is beyond awesome, as is the interaction between the two. Wow. 😯

  • Cathy M
    April 1, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Love this series, my favorite was Iron Kissed. Thanks for the chance to win Silver Borne.

  • S.S. White
    April 1, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    IRON KISSED is actually my favorite, even though it’s the most emotionally wrought of the books so far. But I loved the developments, and I loved how realistically Briggs played Mercy’s need for empowerment at the end, and I loved also that before any of THAT happened, Mercy finally made a decision regarding the men in her life. 🙂

    Thanks for the chance to win (and in case I do win, my mailing address is in the US). *crosses fingers* 😀

  • Heather (DarklyReading)
    April 1, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I love the Mercy books – she’s such a unique heroine and a great character. My favorite so far is Bone Crossed.

  • Leslie M. Isaacs
    April 1, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    I hate to admit that I haven’t read this series yet, but I work in the young people’s department of my library (this includes teens) and I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback on the books. I’m also a graduate student, studying library and information sciences, focusing on young adult lit, so I just don’t have the time to read all the non-required books that I like. But I promise you this, I WILL pick up this series when school is out for the summer!

  • iokijo
    April 1, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I haven’t gotten a chance to read the Mercy series yet. I’m still working toward a GC for the first books in it ‘shrug’
    Heard so much about it, figured I needed to read it.. would love to be one up on the series..
    Thanks for giving everybody a chance to win it.

  • kairos
    April 1, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Moon Called! Just..the first time I read something, the initial introduction to the world is always so powerful for me, nothing ever trumps that.

  • Adele
    April 1, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I’d have to say I liked Moon Called best because it was the first. 😀

  • faye
    April 2, 2010 at 2:39 am

    I haven’t read any of the books yet after reading the revew though i will be looking for them when i go book shoping next week !

  • Lashawn J.
    April 2, 2010 at 4:17 am

    I have trouble picking a favorite from this series, I love them all! I think Moon Called edges ahead of the rest for me!

  • Falling Off The Shelf
    April 2, 2010 at 5:04 am

    OMG! I want this book so bad. I absolutely love the Mercy series 🙂 My friend from work let me borrow the first 4, and they were the only books in a series that I read back to back without skipping a beat. Usually I can’t read a series back to back because I get bored with the characters, not this time! Bone Crossed was my favorite so far, because Stefen was present a lot more than in the previous novels. He’s one of my favorite characters.

    Thanks for the great contest, and wonderful review!

  • Barbara Fernandez
    April 2, 2010 at 5:21 am

    Iron Crossed is my favorite. I’ve been looking forward to the new book for a long time!!

    I’m also a fan of the Alpha & Omega series that focuses on Samuel’s brother Charles and his mate 🙂

  • Cindy C.
    April 2, 2010 at 7:19 am

    My fav is Iron Kissed

  • Jane Halsall
    April 2, 2010 at 7:35 am

    I have loved Patricia Briggs since her early fantasy book and am the proud owner of a first edition of “When Demons Walk.” Later I found out that paperback was going for big bucks online (because it went out of print so fast.)I was glad to see the reissue.

  • Kim
    April 2, 2010 at 7:37 am

    I love all of her books, but if I have to choose one it would be Iron Kissed.

  • Elizabeth
    April 2, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Tough call — I’d probably have to say my favorite is the first one, since I think it did such a good job of introducing both the world and the characters.

  • Stacy Stewart
    April 2, 2010 at 8:22 am

    I have all the books listed in my TBR pile. Looking to reading them soon….Stacy

  • Priyanka
    April 2, 2010 at 8:23 am

    My favorite was Iron Kissed, it was interesting to get a glimpse into th Fae world
    I also liked the developing relationship between Adam, Mercy and Samuel

  • Sara M
    April 2, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Moon Called is my favorite. I tend to like the first book in a series the most because I don’t have any expectations going in.

  • limecello
    April 2, 2010 at 8:37 am

    :X Am I still eligible because I don’t know? I haven’t read these books yet- but I’ve heard fantastic things and would like to!

  • Hannah
    April 2, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Ooh hard decision hard decision…but I think I’ve read Moon Called the most times so that probably wins in my book! 🙂

  • Raelena
    April 2, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I don’t have a fave yet because I have not read the series

  • Veronica
    April 2, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I can’t decide which one is my favorite.. that’s choosing between which child is my favorite. I love them all the same. And I am soo excited about Silver Borne! Thanks for the giving us the chance to win a copy!

  • Sarah
    April 2, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I love this series! I simply adore Mercy and love reading about her adventures. I don’t know that I have a favorite.. but if I have to choose, I would say Iron Kissed, but I love them all – they are all phenomenal!

  • Sarah
    April 2, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I already commented this once, but my email didn’t get completely entered somehow.. so I’ll post again 😀
    I love this series! I simply adore Mercy and love reading about her adventures. I don’t know that I have a favorite.. but if I have to choose, I would say Iron Kissed, but I love them all – they are all phenomenal!

  • Teresa W.
    April 2, 2010 at 11:31 am

    This would be a new series for me, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

  • Angie D
    April 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I have actually never read any of these books. I hope I can still be entered:)
    email bangersis(at)msn(dot)com

  • sabrina g
    April 2, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Tough call, but I have to say with hands down that moon called is my favorite. It started it all and is just plain amazing!

    I’m dying for this book! *all fingers crossed* 😯

  • Kathryn
    April 2, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    This is high on my TBR pile, and your review just moved it up a couple of places. IRON KISSED is my favorite novel, though I loved BONE CROSSED as well. I wasn’t very happy with HUNTING GROUND, though, so I hope this one is more on par with her earlier works.

  • Kiki
    April 2, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I have to have a favorite? I love them all. But if I have to pick I will say Iron Kissed.

  • FD
    April 2, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Pick one? Eeek. A toss up between Blood Bound and Moon Called. Moon Called because yo, she gets to do the rescuing, I mean, how cool is that? (It being cool is of course also a shocking damnation upon a lot of paranormal romance that the supposedly kickass females keep needing a big strong hero). Blood Bound because wow, Mercy will go to quite some lengths there.

    On balance, Moon Called, because Mercy was such a refreshing change of pace at the time, and it’s really stayed with me.

  • Christa
    April 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I haven’t read them yet. ::cringes:: but I really, really want to. Can I win anyway? :mrgreen:

    Thanks for the contest. And I hadn’t seen the UK cover, yet, but I liked it. So thanks for sharing that… 🙂

  • Barbara Elness
    April 2, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    I have the first four books in the series on my TBR shelf, but haven’t had a chance to read them yet. From all of the comments by those who have read the Mercy Thompson series, it seems that I need to get reading pronto.

  • Julie Swaney
    April 2, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I have really liked all of Patricia Brigg’s books but if I have to pick one I guess it would be Bone Crossed. I can’t wait to read Silver Borne.

  • Dee Feagin
    April 2, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Bone Crossed is my current Mercy favorite….but only because I haven’t had the pleasure of reading Silver Borne yet. Each one has been my fav until the next one!

  • jmspettoli
    April 2, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    My favorite Mercy Book is Blood Bound because of all the vampire stuff going on (I LOVE STEFAN!!!!)

  • Tabitha
    April 2, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    My favorite thus far is Iron Kissed because Mercy came to a decision regarding Adam, the emotional trauma she endured and how she overcome it, and Adam and Samuel sticking by Mercy.

  • Vikki
    April 2, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Love the UK cover art, why can’t we get such an awesome cover in the US?

    Currently Iron Kissed is my favorite; if Silver Borne is even better I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

  • Pam P
    April 2, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    I haven’t read this particular Briggs series yet, but have the first one out to start later tonight, planning on reading all together and get caught up so I’m ready for the latest.

  • Caitlin Usignol
    April 3, 2010 at 10:24 am

    My favorite book was Iron Kissed. It is finally when Mercy has to choose between Adam and Samuel.

  • Roxy
    April 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Oooh! I’d like to enter!

  • Christine
    April 3, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I love Mercy and this series to pieces.
    I love all of the books in their own way, but I would have to go with Iron Kissed as my all out favorite because it was the most tense and heart wrenching.

  • Kia
    April 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    This is actually the only Mercy book I’ve read, but I absolutely -loved- it. Hands down my favorite werewolf related series, better than the Kitty books and much much MUCH better than “Bitten”, and I really need to read the others ASAP.

    That said, I love owning books personally, but I’ve been broke lately and have been relegated to the library. I’d love to have this in my collection!

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  • Susan
    April 27, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Iron kissed was my favorite, but I love, love, love the entire series! I’d be thrilled to win one of these! 😆

  • Millie
    May 13, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    It’s only just come out in Australia (grrr) but I didn’t even know it was this known. I bought the first three in one day (I had a good feeling about them 😉 ) and then I went back and bought the rest 😀 . I’ve read up to this one, and I LOVE them!! They’re absolutely amazing!

    P.S. Love the quote thing – I’ve never used this site before and quotes are my fave parts of books (and movies!). So glad I found this site :mrgreen:

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