Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

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…

Rating: ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ 

Ah, a Mercy Thompson novel. It’s little surprise that I devoured this in less than 24 hours (and it probably would have been even less time if I didn’t have to sleep, go to work to make the moola and get distracted by playing Dark Cloud — so glad my PS2 works like it’s brand new so I can keep playing my PS2 games). This one is a little different than our usual Mercy novels because it alternates from Mercy’s point of view and Adam’s. Although Mercy does have the lion share (or would that be coyote’s share?) of the book and her chapters are all in first person point of view. Adam’s chapters are all in third-person although they focus on presenting the story from our Alpha’s perspective even if the telling it isn’t.

It wasn’t different, but I rather liked it because it’s cool to see things from Adam’s point of view who happens to be my favorite alpha werewolf; he’s much better than Richard Zeeman from the Anita Blake universe who still hasn’t come quite to terms with his paranormal status as Adam. Although, in Richard’s defense, Adam has had a longer time period than Richard and I think the way their wolves connect to them are different. Richard doesn’t see his ‘inner wolf’ as being a brother/ally as much as a sign of his monsterhood, while Adam and his wolf have come to terms and are typically on the same page with a few instances where Adam has to fight the wolf back to not attack because it’s not the right move (usually because the wolf takes offense at Mercy being in trouble, can’t really blame him since Mercy is mate to both the human and wolf inside Adam).

Anyways, as the summary says Mercy gets kidnapped by a vampire, but the story really isn’t simply that straightforward and there are plots within plots so to speak; however, I can’t go into any detail without ruining the story and believe me that books like this should not be ruined. One should savor the first read and it’s only later when someone is refreshing your memory to the plot should they be giving plot details. I will say this, we get to see more into the strong bonds of the Columbia Basin pack and while all the wolves may not be thrilled to have a coyote as their Alpha’s mate, they will still defend Mercy because she is pack and they took great offense at someone taking her, which just gives me a warm satisfied feeling. Yeah, I’m weird, but it was a good book so if you look great werewolf stories with coyote skinwalkers and dash of other paranormals then go read the book. But only if you’ve already read the series; if you haven’t’ read the series, start at the beginning because you won’t want to miss a single thing.

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