Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

I can always count on Patricia Briggs to write a story that I have to read from start to finish – without stopping! Silver Borne is a perfect example of that.

Mercy always seems to find herself in dicey situations. She’s a coyote shapeshifter mated to the werewolf Alpha, which sort of makes her Alpha female by default & the werewolves aren’t all happy about that. She has friends who are prone to getting into trouble and in Silver Borne, of course someone does exactly that.

Mercy’s friend Phin loans Mercy a book and then disappears. He sends her a message via a mutual friend to “take care of the thing I gave her.” Mercy knows the only thing is the book, so she tries to find Phin – which is how she finds out he has gone missing. She hides the book and then tries to find out what happened to her friend.

While she’s busy with that, her long-time friend, Samuel, who is a werewolfe, tries to kill himself. As werewolves age they sometimes lose control of themselves and Samuel is afraid of that. He also feels that he has no place in the world and that his work, as a doctor, doesn’t really help anyone. Sounds more like basic loneliness to me. In any event, Samuel’s wolf takes over and Mercy has to hide him. If it becomes known that the wolf is in charge, the powers that be (namely Mercy’s mate and the Marrok – sort of the President of the werewolves) will kill him.

Along the way, Mercy gets into and out of trouble, someone tries to set Adam up to be killed, the mother of Mercy’s teenage employee – Gabriel – refuses to let him work there any more and, oh, yeah, someone in the Pack is trying to get rid of Mercy.

What I love about the Mercy series is how Mercy herself, I guess. She’s someone I would want to know – except that she would drive me to drink! Such a good heart but so stubborn and not trusting. As the series goes along, Mercy is developing more fully as a woman and she is learning to trust not only Adam but herself. And the Pack.

Every time a new Mercy book comes out, I want to re-read the entire series so I can remember who everyone is relative to everyone else. The downside to reading as much as I do is that I get fuzzy on the details. I have a sister who can remember every single character and their significance in each of the 1000-page + books in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. I’m lucky to remember the main characters and the primary secondaries! These books are so good, though, that I want to remember who everyone is and how they relate to Mercy because I root for Mercy and I want to know who is on her side and who isn’t.

If you haven’t read any of the rest of the series, I highly recommend that you begin at the beginning with Moon Called. This book can be enjoyed if you have no background because Briggs is excellent at filling in details but I think that having the background will make things make more sense.

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