Night Broken by Patricia Briggs | Book Review

April 25, 2014 Reviews 14

Night Broken by Patricia Briggs | Book ReviewNight Broken by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #8
Published by Penguin Group USA on March 11, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 352
Length: 10 hours 5 minutes
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series has been hailed as “one of the best” (Fiction Vixen). Now, Mercy must deal with an unwanted guest—one that brings a threat unlike anything she’s ever known.

An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that 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.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s stalker is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. 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.

My Initial Reaction…

Night Broken may be my favorite Mercy Thompson book to date! After feeling lukewarm about the last one, I loved every second of the action, mystery, and the dynamic between Adam, Mercy, and the pack.

Note: Expect series spoilers – we’re too far along to avoid them, sorry!

The Characters…

One of the things that felt off to me in the last book was Adam and Mercy’s relationship. It just was just so easy that it didn’t have the spark. Well, the spark was definitely back for me – even though I never doubted their relationship. But it did have a real stress put on it – Adam’s ex-wife, Christy.

OMG I hated this woman. She was worse than any paranormal threat Mercy has faced! She manipulates and lies and tries to gain control and just… UGH!!! I found it surprising that she was so easily able to manipulate members of the pack who should have been more attuned to deceptive behavior. But she manages to not actually outright lie – perhaps because she honestly believes that she is this victim that needs protection and to be babied. But I wanted to throttle her!

Mercy wanted to too – but she didn’t. I was so incredibly impressed with the way Mercy was able to handle Christy and keep her cool. Adam does a decent job too – he’s aware of what Christy is doing and he does his best to let Mercy know that he appreciates her and loves her, despite Christy. Jessie too – she knows her mother is a piece of work, and even though she loves her she sees through her manipulative behavior.

A new character introduced in Night Broken was Gary Laughingdog and OMG I loved him. He is another child of Coyote and has a bit of a frustrating relationship with Coyote. He just wants Coyote to leave him alone because Coyote has gotten him into so much trouble – he claims Coyote tries to kill his children – something that Mercy can sort of relate to. Anyway, his life experiences have made him very sarcastically hilarious. I hope we see a lot more of him in future books. With him comes Coyote – and I always love Coyote, Night Broken was no exception!

All said – the characters were handled beautifully with a few new ones and little bits of new insight on characters we’ve known for a while, in and outside the pack.

The Story…

Night Broken centers on the return of Adam’s ex – Christy – to the town. She’s running from an ex-boyfriend who got abusive and possessive and she thinks might have even killed another boyfriend of hers. She’s staying with Adam and Mercy for protection while Adam uses all his resources to try and find and stop her stalker ex. Christy stirs up plenty of drama within the pack on a good day, so Mercy and Adam are doing their damndest to keep things from getting crazy.

Meanwhile (because Mercy’s life is never simple), Mercy has a Grey Lord showing up at her door wanting his father’s walking stick back – yep, the one she gave to Coyote. She’s been given a week to get it back, which wouldn’t be easy EVEN IF she knew how to reach Coyote, which she doesn’t. Oh and on top of that the police have asked for her help because they’ve got some horrific massacres taking place and they know it’s supernatural – they think werewolf, but Mercy knows it’s something else. Something big and bad and unknown to her.

Everything about the flow and pace of Night Broken was perfect for me. It struck me how naturally right it felt to have Mercy in Adam’s house, at the head of the pack as his mate. She fits there and with the pack in Night Broken in a way she hasn’t before, IMO. It was awesome to see and read 🙂

Concluding Sentiments…

The mystery and action was fantastic in Night Broken! I was pretty much constantly anxious about what was going to happen – when I wasn’t I was either LMAO at Gary or yelling at Christy. There were a few tears, but thankfully not too many. All in all a great read, with some BIG changes at the end, hinting at another awesome read coming up next!

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About Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.


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14 Responses to “Night Broken by Patricia Briggs | Book Review”

    • Berls

      OH I know!! Tad is shaping up to be quite the formidable bad ass! For a while he wasn’t really part of the books, but I’m glad she’s brought him back so much with the last couple. I hope Samuel will start becoming more part of the books too – I miss him.
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    • Berls

      Oh this series was on of my first UF reads and so Mercy holds a special place for me. So much has happened since the start that I almost forget how different things once were. I hope you get to read it Tanja!
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    • Berls

      I hope you enjoy it Brandee! I felt like the last few books weren’t near as good as the series has been as a whole, so this one felt like a return to the brilliance. So push through if you aren’t LOVING the others, they’re pretty good, but this is wonderful IMHO.
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    • Berls

      I know exactly how you feel, Stormi. I have so many books that are on my eReader or phone (audible) just waiting to be read. There’s just not enough time! But I really do recommend this series ASAP 🙂
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