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…
Mercy Thompson series, book 10
Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
After being mildly disappointed with the previous book, I was hesitant on what I would get with Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs, her tenth in the Mercy Thompson series. The beginning did not alleviate my concerns in the slightest. However, I have to admit, by the end, I was entertained. It was an enjoyable experience and did hearken back to the earlier books in the series.
Now, I mentioned I was worried this would be a disappointment in the beginning. Why? That’s easy, because Briggs re-used an opening sequence. The second Mercy had to run to the store to grab something, and started mentioning the car, I knew it. I knew we were going somewhere we’d gone before. Book 7 – Frost Burned, opened with Mercy in a staged car accident. The only difference between the two books is that in Frost Burned, the pack was targeted and in Silence Fallen, Mercy was the target. Reusing that set-up just had me worried that perhaps Briggs had run out of new ideas. Didn’t know where to take the story now that things seemed to calm down in the previous book.
Worries were allayed due to superficial reasons however. Stefan, my darling baby boy vampire finally makes a reappearance and I could not care less if this entire book went sideways, he was back. Thankfully, it didn’t go sideways. It was really interesting to see Briggs try to shake things up from how she normally does this series. Playing with split point-of-views, we get to see the dynamic between Adam and Mercy play out. Diplomacy over action. I’m not sure I’d like to see more of this simply because I’ve grown to used to this being Mercy’s story, but it worked.
Things get muddled with the plot simply as a result of the split POVs. Adam and Bonarata was solid and something I truly enjoyed and appreciated. ESPECIALLY AT THE END WHEN MATT SMITH. Matt Smith made me go back to reread things. But yes, the Bonarata plot was good. It was intricate, but not overly complicated. It made sense, especially given his age and position. Mercy’s plot, however, seemed convoluted. I don’t know if it’s because Briggs is planning on making what she learns part of the next troublesome arc or not, but there were too many elements involved. Vampire witches, ghosts, golems, and Coyote all mixed together in a tiny space fighting for control of the narrative. It felt sloppy and the only thing that kept things afloat was Adam.
Compared to the previous book, Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs is a step up. It’s definitely moving in a better direction and leaves me excited to see where the series goes from here. The cast is definitely bloated and could use with some trimming, which is being hinted at, but we didn’t gain any new characters here. With two possible directions, that I could gather, for where the next big bad will come from, I’m optimistic Briggs still has control over the series.