Review: Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

Posted March 10, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | , , | 8 Comments

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Review: Night Broken by Patricia BriggsNight Broken by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #8
Published by Penguin on 2014-03-11
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
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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.

While this review will be spoiler free for Night Broken the 8th book in the Mercy Thompson series there will be some minor series spoilers.

Patricia Briggs does an amazing job writing Urban Fantasy with a heroine that’s strong and loyal to a fault and the Mercy Thompson series is a great example of that writing ability.

Mercy, a coyote walker (shape shifter) has lived among werewolves most of her life. Even though she is not as physically strong as the werewolf pack she is now a park of she is possibly the strongest member the Columbia Basin pack has. And she has the patience of a saint which is tested to the point of breaking when her mate/husband, Adam’s ex-wife calls for help.

There was times I felt like Adam needed to put that trouble making witch, Christy in her place! If I was Mercy he would be sleeping in the “dog” house. But I can see way he didn’t. Because of pack politics Mercy needed to be the one to do. And Mercy, the trickster she can be got her revenge in the end. One that would make Bran laugh in remembrance of a young Mercy and her time with his pack.

In fact Briggs does a great job of foreshadowing when Mercy and Adam take a trip down memory lane about one of the tricks Mercy played on Bran’s witch of a mate. I love how an author will throw us bread crumbs that add up to a pay off by the end of the book and Night Broken is laced a with a few of them. One had a very gross out factor for me but I can’t go into it without bordering on a spoiler.

Many of the series characters make an appearance; werewolves, vampires and fae along with a new character, Gary Laughingdog. He brought some humor to some scenes and I would like to see more of him and Coyote interact. Also the big bad is one nasty mo-fo and just when Mercy thought she’s seen all that the supe world had to offer she gets a volanco god thrown at her.

Now that I’ve read the latest on Mercy and Adam I am “chomping at the bit” to get a new Alpha & Omega book about Charles and Anna. I love Briggs’ world she had created and both series should be on every Urban Fantasy reader’s shelf.




About Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

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8 responses to “Review: Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

  1. Grr…Adam. I agree with you there. I really liked Gary! I hope we see more of him later too. Not my favorite book in the series but not horrible either. But I really have to get my act together and read Alpha & Omega. I’ve heard amazing things about those books!

  2. I liked Laughingdog and the way he tries to avoid Coyote like the plague. LOL What did you think of the ending? I found it a little… abrupt. Posting my review on Friday. I loved it when Honey made the pack and Christy watch the surveillance video of Mercy bring a badass. Way to put that b*tch in her place!

    • TheBookNympho

      It kind of was an abrupt ending but I’m a little use to it with this series. Yeah I started to like Honey after that. LOL

      • TheBookNympho

        I’ve only listened to one of the books on audio and I surprised by how much I looked at the world and Mercy different when reading this one. I never would have picked King as the narrator. I love her work on the Charley Davidson series but I never saw Mercy as snarky. LOL