It’s so exciting to read an advance copy of a highly anticipated book. The ladies of Badass Book Reviews loved Night Broken so much that we had to talk about all of our favorite parts. We’ll try to keep this as spoiler free as possible however if you have not yet read earlier books, there may be spoilers for earlier books. Don’t forget to check out Regina’s interview with author Patricia Briggs. There’s also a contest for US readers to win a copy of Night Broken on that page.
Night Broken by Patricia Briggs
Book #8 in Mercy Thompson
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: March 11th 2014
ARC Provided by Netgalley and Ace
Our Review - 5 Skulls – A+
Mercy’s place in the pack challenged
AH – I think that my favorite part of this book was how Mercy established her place as the pack Alpha’s Alpha wife (for lack of better terms), even though Adam’s ex-wife Christy was manipulating all of the pack members. I loved how Mercy did this, never having to stoop to Christy’s level even though it was tempting.
D.G. – I liked that as well but I thought Mercy was too patient. Could you really have tolerated all that without pushing back a bit harder? That’s one of the parts I found less believable about the story – how everybody and their mother was such a big fan of Christy (with a few exceptions). Aren’t they loyal to Adam? She was the one who left! I also couldn’t believe somebody so manipulative would have so many people eating out of the palm of her hand. Maybe those who don’t know her would fall for her, but they understood how she was, they wouldn’t just be so blind to her flaws.
Christal – I think it would have been hard to be as civil as Mercy was, but she did have good reasons for doing it. Being a bitca wouldn’t make the pack like her any more and it might end up hurting Adam or Jesse especially. I had problems with how much the pack liked Christy too, DG! I couldn’t believe it. You are absolutely right… she treated Adam like crap and left him and on top of it, she pretty much abandoned her daughter. I didn’t get why they coddled her so much, especially the other women. I mean seriously, she bailed on her child… how could they be so understanding of that? I really thought some witchcraft was going to be involved or Christy was going to turn out to be some sort of persuasion fae halfbreed or something, but no. Adam just has stupid, gullible people in his pack.
AH - I guess that whole situation smacked of damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.
Coyote the Trickster
AH- Coyote’s role in the story was maddening. Coyote never gives a straight answer. What did you think of the addition of Gary Laughingdog to the story?
D.G. – I love Coyote and I’m glad that he was a part of the story. I’ve never seen him as a villainous type so I was a bit concerned about Gary’s assessment of him. I also liked the addition of Gary because I think Mercy needs some people of her own.
Christal – I loved the addition of Gary Laughingdog. I agree, Mercy did need some supernatural family of her own. I hope that Gary will help her learn more about her heritage and I’m actually kind of intrigued by his dynamic with Honey… who was freakin’ awesome in this book, by the way.
Michelle – I loved the dialogue between Coyote, Gary and Mercy. You feel that even with the jokster nature of both Coyote and Gary, that they still care about Mercy. I loved the progression of their relationship.
Supernatural Selection of Supernatural Creatures
AH-What I love about this series is the sheer diversity of the supernatural creatures. The author’s research really shows. Leave it to Ms. Briggs to come up with new and fresh supernatural lore like that of the Guayota.
D.G. – There’s a wikipedia entry for Guayota and the mythology follows very closely what’s described in the book, so I guess that’s where Ms. Briggs found it (I figured that she didn’t made it up because the name sounded too close to Coyote…if she was going to make up some stuff, she would have given him a different name!) But I definitely loved a new mythology I’ve never heard of.
Christal – What, what, San Antonio represent. I loved learning a little new lore about my city. Guayota was definitely an interesting villain, but I didn’t really believe he would chase someone like Christy down. I feel like maybe she was just an excuse for him to cause havoc. I kept thinking they should just lure him to a swimming pool, lol.
Fire Hot Battle Scenes
AH- The recording of Mercy’s battle with Flores cements her place in the pack and makes Christy look awful. Mercy certainly is kickass and very worthy of that wonderful book cover of Night Broken..
D.G. – That was so freaking good! It amazed me that she could be so mindful of her behavior in a situation like that, although I understand she didn’t realize the danger.
Christal – The way the pack STILL treats Mercy is one of the few sore spots for me with this series. Almost every book she is putting her life on the line for the good of someone else. Mercy has thrown her safety to the wind for the pack more than anyone except maybe Adam. Not to mention she saved Adam and several of the other wolves in previous books. It shouldn’t have taken this one video for them to know Mercy is a fighter. They’ve seen her bruised and banged up and, hell, almost dead. If they are just realizing Mercy kicks ass, it’s because they never wanted to before.
Vampires are scary!
AH- We don’t see much of the vampires in this book, however Stefan makes an appearance. Gone is the Scooby-Doo loving vampire. Stefan is more serious, more deadly, and there are some serious revelations about his connection to Mercy.
D.G. – I don’t like the vampires in this series. They are too freaking scary so I didn’t care for those revelations.
Christal – I love the vampires in this series, bring on the creepy! I think living forever and having to drink blood would drive anyone insane. Stefan is probably the most well-balanced vampire so if Mercy has to have dealings with the vamps, I’m glad it’s with him. Concerning Stefan’s connection to Mercy, you can see how much Adam has matured in his relationship with Mercy.
So where does the story go from here?
Our Loves – Adam & Mercy
Michelle - I also loved Mercy & Adam’s relationship. Even with the addition of the ex-wife, we see not only the pack bond at work but also just the love between a man and a woman.
D.G. – I was very relieved that the addition of Christy didn’t drive a wedge between them. Before starting the book, I feared that’s the way the story was going to go. I liked how real their relationship seemed, sharing the good and the bad. It was a awesome portrayal of a marriage. And the moments before the final battle were so, OMG!
Christal – I agree, I liked that the stereotypical wedge wasn’t drawn between Mercy and Adam. They showed just how secure they were in their relationship and proved they were mature adults, unlike Christy.
Michelle . – I liked the story. It was minor compared to the characters and that really speaks volumes. You could read about Mercy and Adam shopping at Walmart and you would still find it enjoyable.
Stuff we didn’t like….
Michelle – I think Jessie needed a stronger role. It’s her mom and stepmother and she played such a small role.
D.G. – Completely agree. I thought that she should have stood up to her mother more. She’s not that young that they have to constantly protect her.
Christal – I do think Jesse could have had a larger role, especially since she’s had bigger roles in the past. On the other hand, this book was packed as it was so it would have been difficult to give Jessie’s struggle between who to support — Mercy, her surrogate mother or Christy, her actual mother — the attention it deserved.
Christal – I’ve always loved Tad so I am very interested to see what happens with him in the next book.
AH – The fae don’t seem to have a huge role in this book, yet they seem to set everything in motion. What do you guys think? Why does that walking stick keep appearing everywhere and nowhere?
D.G. – I think this was more a set up for the next book than anything. I liked seeing the extent of Tad’s power. I confess I don’t get the walking stick and why it’s so into Mercy.
Christal – The walking stick has always been a little confusing. I hope we find out why it’s so attached to Mercy soon!
Michelle - Absolutely my favorite book in the series so far.
We all rated Night Broken 5 Skulls.