SILVER BORNE (Mercy Thompson #5)
by Patricia Briggs

PUBLISHER: Orbit (UK) | Penguin (USA)
RELEASE DATE: 30th March 2010
FORMAT: Paperback, 342 Pages
GENRE: Urban Fantasy

When mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson attempts to return a powerful Fae book she’d previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down. It seems the book contains secret knowledge – and the Fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands.

And if that doesn’t take enough of Mercy’s attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side-leaving Mercy to cover for him, lest his own father declare Sam’s life forfeit. All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn’t careful, she might not have many more to live… (Goodreads)


*Warning spoilers for earlier books in the series*

I’m a really huge fan of the Mercedes Thompson books, so rushed to buy this book as soon as I knew it was out. I haven’t read any other of Patricia Briggs’ books, other than the Alpha and Omega books, which, in my opinion pale in comparison.

Mercy Thompson is a tough car mechanic who also happens to be a coyote shape shifter. This is book five in her series and she has developed from being a single woman with few responsibilities, to mate to the scrumptious Adam, the local pack’s alpha.

I found Bone Crossed the last book in the series a little disappointing, so I was delighted to be back on familiar ground with this one.

This time it’s Mercy’s connections to the fae and not the vampires that gets her into trouble. But, for me this book was more about Mercy’s relationships. With Adam, with Sam, with Adam’s daughter Jesse, and with the pack, than the main story entertaining as it is.

This book moves Mercy and Adam’s relationship on, exploring the implications of their mating and handling the inevitable ramifications of Mercy’s rape, but also shows you some wonderfully tender moments between the two as they grow closer.

However, something I particularly enjoyed in the book was learning more about Sam. While I was desperate for Mercy and Adam to get together at the end of Iron Kissed, I love Sam and would hate to see him written out of the series. The interaction between Sam and Mercy is fantastically entertaining and written with ease and wit. Mercy’s relationship with Sam is as important as her one with Adam, so it was interesting to see how this is going to move on now that she is mated. SILVER BORNE gives you an insight into both Sam’s history, but also a glimpse of his potential future.


As with the rest of the series, this book was a thoroughly entertaining read and there were times when I could barely put it down, the pages whirling past in a blur, driven by the NEED to know what is going to happen next. The action jumps out and grabs hold of you, and the characters are superbly written. Mercy is feisty, determined and brave and you can’t help but admire her. This series will continue to have pride of position on my bookshelves.


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1. Moon Called
2. Blood Bound
3. Iron Kissed
4. Bone Crossed
5. Silver Borne
6. River Marked




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Mel August 22, 2011 at 8:16 am

I love this series as well! Mercy is a great character and I love how her relationship with Adam is progressing. :)


Midnyte Reader August 22, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I tried Moon Called and didn't love it, so I didn't keep up with the rest of the series. But I really enjoy hearing other people talk about it.


Elena August 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I love the whole series too. And, yeah, the whole thing with Sam was one of my favourite parts of the book (though I have to admit it's been a while since I read it now).


Laura Summers (BCC) August 22, 2011 at 8:25 pm

@Mel I love this series too it's one of my favourites. I too love how her and Adam are growing as a couple.

@Midnyte Reader really, most people I talk to love the books. I'd be interested to know why :)

@Elena it's a great series isn't it! I'm glad Sam wasn't written out of the series :)


Diana (@Offbeat Vagabond) August 23, 2011 at 3:37 am

I finally started this series a few weeks back, I fell in love. So happy to see the awesomeness continues all the way to book 5 LOL! Still waiting for my copy of book 2 from the library, I can't wait :) Thank you so much hon, I definitely need my Mercy & Adam fix :)


Laura Summers (BCC) August 23, 2011 at 6:32 am

@Diana the awesomeness does indeed continue :-) although I have to say i think the first three are the best.


Chrisbails August 23, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Great series. if you like this you also have to check out her Alpha & Omega series. It is about Charles and Anna. Charles is Brahms son. I loved silver borne. I also like Adam, he is my favorite character, besides mercy.


Lynn August 23, 2011 at 7:54 pm

I have totally fallen for this series. It's just such good reading. I read Silver Borne about a week ago and will be reading River Marked soon – but I'm trying to save myself because I have totally gone through this series like a whirlwind and I want to have one book left!
Lynn :D


Laura Summers (BCC) August 24, 2011 at 6:26 am

@Chrisbails I have read th first couple Alpha and Omega books, I definitely like them, but don't there are good as the Mercy books. What do you think?

@Lynn it's a fab series isn't it. I've read Rivermarked too now also and the review will be on the site soon. :-)


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