Monday, March 31, 2014

Review: Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8)

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.

Night Broken, by Patricia Briggs, is the ninth novel in the Mercy Thompson series. Mercy, a Native American coyote shapeshifter, receives an unexpected phone call. The ex-wife of Alpha werewolf and mate, Adam Haumptman, shows up at their home and is on the run from a new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it.

However, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right. She has enough trouble with creepy fae and vampires watching her back. Mercy soon learns that ex-wife, 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.

Although Christy's actions annoy Mercy, a more dangerous threat has invaded Adam's territory. Christy's ex-boyfriend is more than a bad man. In fact, he may not be human at all. With the odds stacked heavily against the pack, Mercy must make a decision that may even forfeit her own life.

Once again, Briggs delivers an exceptional plot that includes a supernatural case that terrifies both Mercy and Adam. An ancient being from the Cayman Islands wants his woman back and will do everything, including senseless killing, to win her back. I was almost scared for Mercy because I thought this case would be her demise! Despite her tenacious personality, she is a mortal shapeshifter whose is more human than beast. Fortunately, Briggs introduces a new character that will complicate Mercy's life but is a godsend for both his humor and foresight on the case. I hope this new character reappears in future Mercy Thompson novels because he renewed my interest in the series.

Stay tuned for the ninth novel in the Mercy Thompson series, Fire TOuched.

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