Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe...
Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise...
What I liked: I absolutely loved the opening scene. I felt involved with the characters and each idiosyncrasy was a revelation. That soon gives way to the heart of the story. Mercy and Adam have changed their immediate world and others are taking notice. Essentially some of the “others” are wondering just how serious Adam and Mercy, et al are at protecting their territory and those within it. One bad guy is about to find out!
Occasionally, by book 10 in a series, you see a pattern forming and can pretty much predict what’s coming down the road. Ms Briggs just threw that whole concept out the window with Silence Fallen. I enjoyed the different viewpoints in the story too. Usually, we’re only plugged into Mercy but this time, we learn and decipher things from Adam’s point of view.
I’m not going to break down the story, it’s needs to be read in its entirety to be appreciated. What I do want to talk about first are the characters. When I first started this series, most of the characters seemed just like any other in an urban fantasy novel but as the series has gone forward, the characters have not only grown but become almost larger than life. In Silence Fallen, it’s a smaller group of the cast involved in the storyline but we learn so much more about each and every one of them. Yes, I did miss some of my favorites but I’m glad to wait to see where the series goes next.
Speaking of going, the majority of Silence Fallen takes place in Europe. Ms Briggs, in my opinion, brought the different settings to life with her descriptions of not only the places but the people inhabiting those places. I felt like I was truly visiting Europe.
The other thing I was over the moon about was all the surprises contained in the story line. Some of the characters threw me for a loop and that also was a great thing. I was comfortable in Mercy and Adam’s world but the last several books have certainly changed the focus. I can’t wait to see where Ms Briggs takes us next!!
What I didn’t like: Besides missing a few characters who had to stay behind, Silence Fallen is one of my favorites in this series so yeah, I got nothing not to like! You know how I usually whine about the e-book pricing, well in my opinion, you will get more than your money’s worth. Yes, I got an ARC from NetGalley but I will be buying the hardcover edition as this is a series I collect. I’ll probably even break down and get the e-book too to spare my hardcover the wear and tear of re-reading.
If you’re a regular reader of the Mercy Thompson series, you’re in for a wonderful ride with Silence Broken. If you’ve not started the series yet, don’t start with this book, please, please start at the beginning!