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I think the blurb for this book had die-hard fans of this series a little scared.
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…
I mean would Mercy be separated from Adam for the whole book? What did that mean? Would there be a rift between them? I believe that some of this anxiety stems from some of the events that happened in Night Broken and how Adam and the Pack reacted to Adam’s ex-wife being among them and how they treated Mercy. I remember there being a lot of readers who were very unhappy. I also think the ninth book in the series, Fire Touched, did a lot in the way of healing some of the upset readers had toward Adam and the pack. So to read that Mercy would basically be on her own somewhere in Europe in Silence Fallen understandably struck fear once again.
You can all rest easy. Trust me, Silence Fallen was excellent.
When the book opens the Columbia Basin Pack is enjoying some down time while Mercy gathers ingredients to do a little baking. When she steps out for a moment to make a quick trip to the convenience store she isn’t expecting for her truck to be rammed and her air bags to knock her out . Some time later she wakes up she finds herself covered in blood, but otherwise uninjured, and a prisoner to two unknown vampires. After they engage her in conversation she quickly deduces that she has been abducted by the most powerful vampire in all of Europe and she is in big, big trouble. Escape is her only option if she wants to stay alive. She can’t connect through the mate bond with Adam, she has no money, a crazy werewolf and all the resources of a powerful vampire against her, but never count Mercy out. She will find a way.
Back home Adam has discovered the remains of Mercy’s truck and it’s a mess of blood, crushed steel and glass, but his wife is nowhere to be found. He is all at once worried and enraged. His inability to connect with her through their bond almost drives both the man and wolf sides of him crazy. When Stefan shows up on scene he and Adam realize that although they can smell the presence of vampires in the wreck, it’s not anyone they are familiar with. A talk with Marisilia identifies the culprit at one of her ex-lovers, Iacopo Bonarata, the Lord of Night and ruler of the European Vampires.
Silence Fallen is so, so different from every other book in the Mercy Thompson series. It’s set entirely outside of Tri-Cities and any location familiar to readers of this series. For that matter except for Mercy, Adam, Honey, Marisila, Stefan and Elizaveta, there is also an entire new cast of characters introduced. Which to be honest I loved. LOVED. There is also a weird time difference between chapters that had my mind pinging back and forth trying to figure out what fit where and what was going on with other characters. It really wasn’t until toward the end of the book that I finally got a grasp on the timeline.
Each chapter alternates POVs between Mercy and Adam. Mercy making her way in unfamiliar territory and meeting up with a new wolf pack, who will hopefully help her until she can get back to Adam and the Columbia Basin Pack. Adam, with a few chosen allies, working in a diplomatic sense, trying to uncover the reasons why Iacopo kidnapped his wife and actively working to discover her location. Admittedly, my favorite parts were of Adam and learning some of Marisilia and Stefan’s background with their old seethe. This is an Adam who has to keep himself under control to ensure an acceptable and safe outcome for not only Mercy, both those who have accompanied him. This is Alpha Adam at his finest.
While I will admit that the pacing starts out much slower than previous installments, toward the end it picks up pretty dramatically. The last few chapters are a blur of pulse pounding action scenes and discoveries that had me rereading certain parts wondering how I might have missed obvious clues. So much of this book is supernatural politics and introducing new players that I’m almost certain they will play pivotal roles in the future. I’m looking forward to it.
In the end I think readers will be pleased with Silence Fallen. Patricia Briggs is a master of her craft, just when you think you have an idea of what’s going on or where she might be headed, she makes a left turn and you end up somewhere completely unexpected. And really, that’s what keeps me coming back for more. Final Grade- B+
I’m a mechanic. I fix things that are broken. I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote. I have powerful friends. But when it all comes right down to it, my real superpower is chaos.