By: Patricia Briggs
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: March 11th 2014 by Ace Hardcover
#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series has been hailed as “one of the best” (Fiction Vixen). Now, Mercy must deal with an unwanted guest—one that brings a threat unlike anything she’s ever known.
An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.
Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.
Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.
I am late to the Patricia Briggs fan club. I started with the Alpha and Omega series and picked up the Mercy Thompson series at book 7 Frost Burned (yes, I have a lot of catching up to do!). A reader can pick pick up any book in the series and slip right into the Mercy Thompson universe and feel right at home. One of the things I love about her books is the comfortable feel to her prose.
Night Broken brings an age old threat to Mercy’s home—the ex-wife. This was my first meeting with Christy and boy did Briggs make me sympathetic to Mercy’s situation. I wanted to rip the woman’s eyes out in the first few pages! But to be fair, Christy did have a serious problem stalking her, even if it was her own stupid fault. Yeah, I’m judging.
Kudos to Briggs for creating such a unique antagonist. He is brutal and broken, and you do feel sympathy for his situation, but he is a force that must be put down. You don’t throw a finger at Mercy and not expect repercussions.
I was so glad to see the Fae Lord Alistair Beauclaire from Fair Game (Alpha and Omega #3) make an appearance. He wants to reclaim the walking stick Mercy obtained in Frost Burned. The only problem is she must find Coyote and get it back from him. We learn more about Coyote and it turns out Mercy isn’t his only child. A new werewolf submissive, Zack, has showed up in town and I am hoping we will get more of his possibly heartbreaking story in the next book.
Once again a great read from start to finish from Briggs. You don’t have to start from the beginning of the series to appreciate Night Broken, but why rob yourself of all the thrills and chills (I’m talking about the kind you get from reading about alpha werewolves, hubba hubba) you get by starting with book one Moon Called.
5 “rainbow farting” Sheep
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Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series, lives in Washington State with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses. She has written 17 novels to date. Briggs began her career writing traditional fantasy novels, the first of which was published by Ace Books in 1993, and shifted gears in 2006 to write urban fantasy. In Fall 2010, Patricia made another foray into traditional fantasy, when Ace published a revised version of her very first book, Masques (2010), and its never-before-published sequel, Wolfsbane (2010), both of which debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list for Mass Market Fiction.
In 2006, Ace Books published Moon Called, the first book in her #1 New York Times bestselling—and signature series—about Mercy Thompson. The non-stop adventure left readers wanting more and word of this exciting new urban fantasy series about a shape-shifting mechanic spread quickly. Blood Bound (2007), the second book in the series, debuted at #12 on the New York Times bestsellers list. After the incredible success of Iron Kissed (2008), which landed at #1 on the New York Times list, the Mercy Thompson saga continued to win the hearts of readers and grew in popularity with the release of each book. Bone Crossed (2009), the fourth book in the series and first to be published in hardcover, debuted at #3 on the New York Times Hardcover bestsellers list, where it stayed for four weeks. The most recent hardcover, Silver Borne (2010), debuted at #1 on the New York Times Hardcover bestsellers list and stayed on the printed list for a total of three weeks!
Briggs also writes the Alpha and Omega series, which are set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson novels. What began as the novella “Alpha and Omega” in an anthology called On the Prowl (2007), was then expanded into a full new series. The subsequent books were Cry Wolf (2008) and Hunting Ground (2009), both New York Times bestsellers. The third book of the Alpha and Omega series is Fair Game (2012) and debuted at #4 on the New York Times bestsellers list.