Book Review: Patricia Briggs’ Night Broken

Posted May 16, 2014 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

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Book Review: Patricia Briggs’ Night Broken

Night Broken

by Patricia Briggs

five-stars

Series: Mercy Thompson #8, Mercyverse #12

Other books by this author that I've reviewed include When Demons Walk, Steal the Dragon, Home Improvement: Undead Edition, Fair Game, Frost Burned, Shifting Shadows, Bone Crossed, Silver Borne, River Marked, Hunting Ground, Iron Kissed, Cry Wolf, Fire Touched.

Genres: Urban Fantasy

This Hardcover has 341 pages and was published by Ace Books on March 11, 2014. Discover more about it at Goodreads. You can also buy it at Amazon

Eighth in the Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series based in Washington state.

If you’re interested, there is a chronological listing of both the Alpha & Omega and the Mercy Thompson books on my website.

My Take

Oh, boy, it’s a whole ‘nother set of folktales in this one, and thank god Briggs is getting back in form with this series!

I like the contrast in the series background with Adam and Mercy in love and him supporting her against his pack even as he works to promote a sense of family amongst them all. This story is really good for easing some of the animosity of the Pack towards Mercy. And we get a deal more background on what life was like with Christy around. Ick. Major ick!!

I absolutely adore Jesse. I mean, I liked her before, but I just love how realistic she is, how she acknowledges both that she loves her mother but doesn’t ignore how she behaves. I adore Adam for sticking up for Mercy, and of course, I adore Mercy for her tolerance. I couldn’t have done it.

I am praying — literally — that Christy does not move to the Tri-Cities area. I cannot believe what a nasty bitch she is! She’s more concerned with her own appearance and happiness than her daughter’s or anyone else’s safety. Jesus, this woman. She’s the one who left, who can’t handle what Adam is, and yet she’s moving her makeup kit into Adam and Mercy’s private bathroom! Wait’ll you read about the shampoo trick, lol, and it’s so consistent too. Hmmm, how does Christy know that isn’t how Mercy usually washes her hair…after all, it’s in her bathroom.

Jesus, this Guayota is…wow, really nasty…*she saws with awe in her voice*. Personally though, I’d go ahead and toss Christy to him. She could probably shred him in minutes. Mmmm, can we send the CNTRP agents into battle with him too??

I think Coyote had a premonition and set this all up with Gary Laughingdog. And I can’t believe how long it took Mercy to make that connection between the dogs and Guayota.

Oopsie, Stefan has a big secret, and I’m shocked (as well as relieved) that Mercy doesn’t hold it against him.

Definitely one of the fun ones in this series with Mercy battling the nasty remarks and sidelong looks from the Pack even as some begin to acknowledge her. It’s all the good parts with love and battles, Mercy doing repairs in the garage, fae encounters, family moments, and beatin’ down the bad guys. All the bad guys. Yep, it’s a buy.

The Story

Christy’s in big trouble, and god forbid she actually tell the truth about it. She’s so awful that the Gray Lord demanding the immediate return of Lugh’s walking stick is almost a relief.

It does mean that Mercy will have to find Coyote fast, and in the process, she finds more family.

The Characters

Mercy Thompson is a car mechanic specializing in German automobiles. She’s also a skinwalker who shifts into a coyote form. Not the most welcome change in a pack of wolves led by her husband, Adam Hauptman, the Alpha. Jesse is Mercy’s stepdaughter, Adam and Christy’s daughter. Christy is Adam’s nasty, manipulative bitch of an ex-wife. Medea is the Hauptmans’ cat.

The Columbia Basin Pack
Darryl Zao is Adam’s second while Auriele is his gullible wife. Mary Jo is another of Christy’s clueless supporters. Warren is Adam’s third and a private detective; his partner is Kyle Brooks, a human and a lawyer. Honey was widowed, but is shadowed by Peter’s ghost. Zack Drummond is a lone wolf drifting through; as a submissive he’d be very welcome in the pack. Luke is a prison guard. Ben and George are two of the four night guards in this story. Jenny Trevellyan is the Pack lawyer, a good one. Andrea is her assistant. Dr. Larry Torbett was Jenny’s law professor, now he’s the editor of the Watchdog Times.

Bran is the Marrok, the Alpha of the Alphas, and lives in Montana. Charles is Bran’s son and enforcer. Dr. Samuel Cornick is another son and has medical training. Decades of it.

The Fae
Zee, a.k.a., Siebold Adelbertsmiter, a.k.a., the Dark Smith of Drontheim, is a gremlin and Mercy’s former boss at the VW repair shop. Tad is Zee’s son, and he’s been hiding his power. Ariana is Samuel’s mate. Alistair Beauclaire was a lawyer and is a Gray Lord, a.k.a., Gwyn ap Lugh, son of Lugh, who declared the independence of all fae from the United States at the end of Fair Game (Alpha & Omega, 3).

Coyote, the trickster god, is Mercy’s father, and he has the walking stick. Mercy, however, prefers to think of Old Joe Coyote as her real father. Hank is another walker like Mercy. Gordon Seeker is a Thunderbird, much like Coyote is, well, Coyote. Gary Laughingdog turns out to be Mercy’s half-brother and a coyote walker as well. He’s definitely got a lot of Coyote in him…lol…

Joel Arocha has been restoring Thing for years now with Mercy’s help. He also raises dogs. Lucia is his wife and partner in rearing the dogs. Gabriel is the son of the woman Tony wants to marry and used to work for Mercy at her garage.

Law enforcement
Detective Clay Willis is in charge of the mass murder investigation. Tony is a cop in the Tri-Cities and a friend of Mercy’s. Agents Dan Orton and Cary Kent are both CNTRP. Supervisory Agent Donald Kerrigan is their boss.

The Vampires
Marsilia is the mistress of the local seethe and Wulfe, the jerk, is her right-hand vampire. Stefan had been a loyal follower until Marsilia broke the ties between them. Rachel is one of Stefan’s sheep.

Juan Flores, a.k.a., Guayota, is Christy’s stalker and a manitou. He and his two big, mean dogs, tibicenas. Troy is Christy’s boyfriend. Was, I mean.

The Cover and Title

The cover has a green background fading in and out against a mountainous background with a full moon behind Mercy’s head. Mercy herself is striding forward, determined in her cropped black tank top and low-cut black jeans, red and white feather earrings standing out along with her elaborate tattoos. And she’s carrying the walking stick. Yeah, it’s, um, morphed since the Gray Lord last saw it.

The title is Night Broken or what will happen to the night when Guayota’s dogs howl into it.


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