Published by Ace on 03/07/17
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy’s bond with the pack—and her mate—is broken, she’ll learn what it truly means to be alone...
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...
The Mercy Thompson series was the first Urban Fantasy series that I ever read and I instantly fell in love with both the series and the genre. I loved that Mercy was such a strong heroine with just the right amount of sass (the thought of her car facing Adam’s house still cracks me up). As sometimes happens with a series though, the series started heading in a direction that I didn’t enjoy as much. The books felt less thought out, the situations a bit contrived and characters who I loved previously I suddenly wanted to hit over the head (I’m looking at you Adam). For these reasons combined with the price of the book, I wasn’t in a hurry to pick this one up but I did eventually break down and buy it. Thankfully Silence Fallen ended up exactly what I loved about the early books in the series.
Silence Fallen was a thriller from the very first chapter. Mercy wakes up and finds herself in a locked in freezer with two vampires. One of them is no other than The Lord of the Night, who decides to kidnap Mercy after Wulfe tell’s him that she was the most powerful person in the Tri-Cities. As difficult as Mercy’s past struggles have been with vampires, she knows that Bonarata is in a league of his own and there is no way that he’s going to let her live. In true Mercy fashion, the minute that opportunity presents itself, she escapes. Unfortunately this doesn’t improve her circumstances much as Mercy realizes she is half way across the world without even a stitch of clothing, let alone money or the means to reach her pack.
Adam know’s that something has happened to Mercy when he feels her pain, but when their mate bond is silent he has no way of knowing where she is or how to help her. When Marsilla reaches out to Adam after receiving an email from Bonarata, he is forced into a partnership with people he doesn’t necessarily trust to try to bring Mercy home safely. Adam sets off to Europe with Honey, Marsilla, Stefan, Elizaveta, Larry the Goblin King and two supernatural pilots in the hopes that he can depend on those with him enough to save Mercy. As if that wasn’t enough, Adam must deal with Bonarata diplomatically in order to keep his family and friends safe when all he really wants to do is tear him limb from limb from limb.
I was surprised to enjoy the perspective and timeline shifts from chapter to chapter in this book because I expected the fact it wasn’t linear to be distracting and confusing but the chapter introductions prevented that from being the case.
My favorite scenes from this book:
- The escape scene as a whole. I loved the thought process that Mercy was going through in her mind and that she didn’t hesitate to act as soon as she had the chance
- A certain someone getting hit by a bus, seriously that was epic!
- The scenes with Jitka. What can I say, I love more strong female wolves who have found their place high up in the hierarchy.
- The fact we got to see that Mercy is still struggling with events from her past was important. As strong as she is, those feelings don’t just magically go away and it’s important to represent that.
- The Matt Smith twist… I didn’t think there was anything odd happening but it made so much sense once the twist was revealed.
- The unlikely partnership of both the Tri-Cities group gives me hope that we will get to see more unlikely partnerships in the future. Something tells me The Lord of the Night isn’t gone and based on his convoluted plots, Adam and Mercy will need all the help they can get.