Publisher: Ace Books
Author: Patricia Briggs
Released: March 7th 2017
Silence Fallen is the tenth novel in the Mercy Thompson series. It feels crazy that there are so many books in the series so far. Especially considering how most of us still can’t seem to get enough! I for one hope the series continues for a long time yet.
The Mercy Thompson brings a lot to the table, so there’s a reason fans love it so much. For starters, they have an amazing set of characters. And I don’t just mean Mercy and Adam (though they obviously are fantastic). The supporting characters and antagonists are complicated and well written, as is the world they’re in.
There’s also a decent amount of variety. Mercy is constantly coming up again supernatural problems. In the last novel it was fae. In this one it’s mostly vampires. But there are support from werewolves, vampires (different vampires, that is) and witches. To say that there are an intricate interaction and political system would be putting it mildly. And that is one of my favorite things about this series, to be honest.
I’ve been binge reading this series all week, trying to get caught up in time for Storm Cursed. Honestly though, I don’t know what I’m going to do once I’m caught up. I’ve been so immersed in the world of Mercy, I just know I’m going to go through a book withdrawal here.
Warnings: Minor warning for this novel, but there is a kidnapping that occurs, and there’s a fair amount of injuries that come with it. That coupled with the implications that come with being held by vampires and well…you get where I’m going with this.
Silence Fallen was an amazing and fast-paced read. I couldn’t put it down, and ended up reading it all in one sitting. Something I kind of regret now, since I wish I could keep reading it. If I had my choice of superpowers, I’d want the one that let me reread books again for the first time.
The novel kicked off with a fun moment – something I think we needed to see after what happened to Mercy at the end of the last book. We needed to see her and the pack having fun – and getting along.
Granted, this is Mercy we’re talking about. So naturally things took a turn very quickly. Even though I knew it was coming, the sudden twist completely threw me through a loop. I can only imagine how Mercy felt!
From there the pace kept going at a steady rate. I love that we were actually able to see Adam’s side of things. It doesn’t happen often (last time I think was in Frost Burned), but it is usually warranted when it happens. For example, when the two are separated and doing completely different things.
Patricia Briggs did a wonderful job of showing us the emotional side of Adam’s trouble here, while also showing us the ramifications of the actions from the last two books. The pact doesn’t have the ability to rely on other packs anymore, and thus Adam had to use other resources to help Mercy. It was interesting to see.
There was a lot of character development in this novel as well. And I don’t just mean the main characters. A lot of the secondary characters, like Adam’s pack or the witches, got a chance to show some changes and progress. It was refreshing on many levels. And foreshadowing in others.
I feel like this novel may just be one of the more political novels in the series. Though maybe it just feels that way because of all of the vampire interactions. Adam and his crew had to deal with vampire politics. Both the good and the ugly. But mostly the ugly. Meanwhile Mercy was dealing with werewolf politics, though she saw her share of the vamp stuff as well.
The golem was an unexpected twist, but I honestly ended up loving it more than almost anything else in the book. It added so much tension, and gave the few vampires in the scene a real chance to shine – not a common occurrence for these guys.
All in all I really enjoyed Silence Fallen. I feel like it was one of the better examples of the series. I’m looking forward to reading Storm Cursed, even if that does mean that I’ll be out of books in the series to read.