Night Broken: A Mercy Thompson Novel; Patrica Briggs, 2014.As we all know, or at least I’m assuming we all know, Briggs is one of my fav authors and her ‘Mercy Thompson’ series is right up there with Starbucks, cheesecake and ‘Downton Abbey’; three things which I’ve come to realize, I prefer not to live without.
Superficial I know, but true none the less.
Once again our heroine, coyote-shifting Mercy, is pitted against things that go bump in the night and those that we non-scary types would prefer to believe exist only on NBC’s ‘Grimm’ and CW’s ‘The Originals’. Both of which can be rendered moot when the scenery and verbiage get to be more than the unbelieving mind can handle.
Recently I wrote a review on a novel series I thought well past its expiration date(here) based on the premise that due to character arc failure, the story was becoming flat. One of the reasons for that, which I probably should have stated. is that when a story line is complicated, involving layers of conflict and mystery, the main hero’s either have to keep growing or die, which ever serves the greater good. I used Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse as an example; the blond-bombshell had reached the end of her evolutionary arc, so Harris took the smart route and had her exit gracefully.
I said all that because, in book #6 ‘River Marked’, I was beginning to think the same thing for this series as well; Mercy had reached the pinnacle of her character arc and it was time for the author to start looking for the exit door.
But bless Briggs’ heart, not only did she rally back with ‘Frost Burned’ but, in my not so humble opinion, gave us yet another great story in ‘Night Broken’. Though, and here is the‘spoiler alert’, the fact that the author did not have Mercy wiping the floor with Adam’s ex-wife, says a lot for the state for our heroine’s ability to choose what is right for the greater good, over personal preference. If it had been me, I’d have put the woman out of all our miseries – but that’s just me; not very gracious when it comes to manipulating-backstabbing . . .
You get the point.
So on my reader’s scale of 1-5 stars, I’m giving 3.5 for over all story, and 4.5 for reminding me that goodness and kindness are choices we make, not only for ourselves, but for those we love and care about as well.