Narrator: Lorelei King
Series: Mercy Thompson,
Also in this series: Iron Kissed, Bone Crossed, River Marked
Published by Penguin Audio on 30 March 2010
Genres: Adult, Mystery & Detective, Paranormal
Length: 9 hours 8 minutes
Also by this author: Iron Kissed, Bone Crossed, River Marked
Place(s) Traveled to: Tri-Cities, Washington
First Line: The starter complained as it turned over the old Buick’s heavy engine.
Mercedes ‘Mercy’ Thompson Series Order
Prequel – Homecoming
Book 1 – Moon Called
Book 1.5 – Wolfsbane & Mistletoe (short story)
Book 2 – Blood Bound
Book 3 – Iron Kissed
Book 4 – Bone Crossed
Book 5 – Silver Borne
Book 6 – River Marked
Book 7 – Frost Burned
Book 8 – Night Broken (~2014)
I don’t know what it is about the Mercy Thompson series but there is just something about it that keeps bringing me back over and over again. Considering that much of the series revolves around werewolves, which I don’t typically like, this is saying a lot. Silver Borne picks up not long after the events of Bone Crossed and while that one took us back into the pit of vampires this one brings back the fae. In this book we learn a lot more about the fae, about Mercy, and about werewolf politics as Mercy’s relationship heats up.
One thing that I love about an ongoing series is just how detailed the world becomes and how the secondary characters get more and more fleshed out as time goes on. No longer are any of the characters two dimensional but they all have pretty detailed back stories. And even though you only get to see them through Mercy’s eyes you can really get a sense of who they are.
What did drag this one down a bit for me was the whole side story with Samuel. It just seemed a bit forced when coupled with the larger mystery of the fae book/artifacts story line. His story could have been done all on its own, although I’m not sure how I’d feel about that either. How his story line, in this book, is wrapped up was also a bit much. It just seemed to contrived and convenient based on all that has come before with his story. But even with all that, Silver Borne, rates among my favorite for the overall series.
As with previous books, Silver Borne, is a fast paced story with lots of action to keep the reader engaged. Lorelei King continues to do a fabulous job bringing this large cast of characters to life and I find it so hard to read this series in print as I just love her narration. The only problem that I have with the audio is that I can’t just sit down and blitz through the story but it does make driving to/from work and errands so much more bearable. This is a fun series and if you are looking for something with long lasting appeal and don’t mind urban fantasy then you should check this one out.