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Night Broken
Night Broken
Night Broken
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Night Broken

Written by Patricia Briggs

Narrated by Lorelei King

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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"These are fantastic adventures, and Mercy reigns." -SFRevu

#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs's Mercy Thompson series has been hailed as "one of the best" (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews). Now Mercy must deal with an unwanted guest-one that brings a threat unlike anything she's ever known.

An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam's ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn't the kind of man to turn away a person in need-and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam's house, Mercy can't shake the feeling that something about the situation isn't right.

Soon her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back, and she's willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning Adam's pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn't about to step down without a fight, but there's a more dangerous threat circling. Christy's stalker is more than a bad man-in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

LanguageEnglish
Release dateMar 11, 2014
ISBN9781455820085
Night Broken
Author

Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs lives in Montana with her husband, children, and six horses.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    So this story was rough! I can’t stand Christy. And Mercy is trying to save the pack moral so she’s avoiding more than confronting. I get frustrated with this story but I also love that Adam lets Mercy do her thing. I like the little bits of Mercy and Adam and their relationship. I like meeting Gary and finding that If Mercy can survive she’ll live long.
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    2/5
    I'm writing this after a second reading. At first the drama with Adam's ex wife was exciting because it had the potential for passion and character development. Then things just got super boring. Not so much in a plot way (though that was a bit meh), but in a writing style kind of way. Most of the book went like this: Mercy in fight with creature, Mercy recounts fight to police, Mercy recounts fight to lawyers, Mercy recounts fight to pack x2. Repeat ad nauseum. Way too repetitive. Not to mention many smaller plot points regarding Coyote & the vampires & the fae that were pointless/dull.

    Although the word "scene" seems like more of a screen thing, I prefer books that have good scenes all the way through. Where you think back to yourself and can name a bunch of scenes you really loved. Other authors in the genre- Ilona Andrews, Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison- are much much better at that. And the general tone was kind of flat, aside from a bit of banter between Mercy & Tad about Christy's cooking. Seriously- I think that was my favourite part of this book. That was right near the start though, and by the end I was pushing myself to finish the book, skimming through pages.

    Overall, not a very fun read. I intially gave it 3 stars, but after the 2nd read I was tossing up a downgrade to 2. I think for now I'll stick with the more generous rating.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Reviewed by: Rabid ReadsWhen I first began reading this book I couldn’t help but cringe at the ex-wife story line; Adam and Mercy are one of my absolute most favourite paranormal couples, so I wasn’t thrilled at the prospect of Briggs rocking their relationship’s boat. And admittedly, I did spend the initial chapters of this novel feeling skeptical about the story’s direction, and wishing that Thompson would stop being the bigger woman and finally wipe that stupid smile off Christy’s face with her fist. However, once the stalker’s true motivations come to light things really pick up, and NIGHT BROKEN is transformed into a un-puttable-down read whose ending you’ll need at least a full day to recover from.Patricia Briggs continues to amaze me with the phenomenal character development that’s present throughout this series, and this installment was no different. I loved watching Mercy and Adam deal with one of the biggest (non life-threatening) challenges that their relationship has faced to date. Thompson’s mixed feelings about Christy are obvious and completely understandable, but I loved how she refused to stoop to the ex-wife’s level. Mercy’s confidence and unwavering faith in her and Adam’s bond was further proof that paranormal couples are capable of maintaining a healthy marriage. Also, however much I despised having Hauptman’s ex play a role in this book, I thought that the author did a bang up job of making Christy the character you just love to hate.I found the first half of this novel to be a little on the slow side, mostly because of the necessity of Briggs having to develop the ex-wife’s boyfriend story line before being able to progress to the meat of NIGHT BROKEN’s plot. I was happy to see Coyote back for another round of mischief, and that Mercy’s Native American heritage continues to play a more important role as this series evolves. I enjoyed the mythology surrounding Guayota and his tibicena, and Laughingdog’s input on walkers added a few extra pieces to the MERCY THOMPSON puzzle.Honey really surprised me in this installment; I thought she’d be president of the Christy fan club, but instead she’s actually one of Mercy’s biggest supporters. So, even though she might not like having a coyote as alpha, Honey respects Thompson’s place within the pack. I especially loved the scene where she makes all of the werewolves watch Mercy’s fight with Flores over-and-over again for “instructional purposes”, with Christy in tow. Samuel, Stefan, Wulfe and Tad are fabulous secondary characters, and I was pleased to see them out in full force in this book. Joel and Zack were also interesting additions to the Pack, and I’m really beginning to love that darned walking stick!The ending is rather shocking and… abrupt, but I’m sure that it’ll all make sense in due time. One thing is for certain after this installment; Mercy is definitely proving to be a force to be reckoned with in her own right—North American pack alpha aside. NIGHT BROKEN made me cringe, cry, and pump my fists with delight; Briggs is at the top of her game!
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    I said in the review for book 7 that I was really enjoying how Mercy's grown and this book is the same. Stuck with Adam's manipulative ex, Christy, in her house, and protecting Christy from the powerful creature that's stalking her, Mercy stays calm and gets the job done. She's still Mercy, though, so Christy still gets hers in the end.

    Coyote played a bigger part in this book than I expected, and it seems he's been playing a much bigger part than Mercy expected.

    I just really liked this book. Mercy's familiar to me, I've been reading about her for a long time, and I love watching her grow and change and keep fighting. Her budding friendship with Honey is pretty cool, as is her meeting Gary Laughingdog.

    The book was fun, I liked it, this series has only gotten better as its gone along.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Love going into this world. Includes a tough broad (something I love to see), characters who have real characters, and plots that are fun and often unpredictable. Patricia Briggs is one of my go-to-authors who can always be depended upon for an absorbing book based in a world that's nothing like my own. Highly recommended. I'll admit this particular one assumes that you know who some of the individuals are without a lot of explanation but it IS, after all, the eighth volume in the series.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Another entertaining Mercy Thompson book! Sure, it's a book about werewolves and shapeshifters and fae and volcano gods... but it's so well done that you believe it.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    When Christy calls freaking out about the danger she is in and seeking help Mercy convinces Adam to let her come. She is anything but happy to have her there but she is Jesse's mother and doesn't want anything to happen to her. Although Christy has gotten herself in trouble Mercy knows there is more to the story and as time goes on it comes clear that she has not been totally honest.There were quite a bit of emotions brought up in NIGHT BROKEN. Some past emotions are brought up when Mercy is attacked in her garage, she has to watch the pack fall all over Christy and protect her at every turn, she has to watch her husband reminisce with his ex wife all while trying to keep her head up and be the bigger person. She did AMAZING (although the moment at the end of the book where she shows Christy the figurative middle finger ROCKED). She was a far better person than I would have been. There were plenty of times I wanted to punch some of the pack mates. Christy is seriously a manipulative piece of work but by now I expected a little more from the pack. I know they have not always liked Mercy but her being the Alpha female should have meant more to them. I felt Adam did a wonderful job in NIGHT BROKEN. Adam had a few male brain fart moments but I was pretty happy with how he handled everything. He truly and fully loves Mercy and it showed.The Mercy Thompson Series quickly became one of my favorite series when I started reading it a few years ago and I fall more in love with it with every installment. Every book seems to start with action and end with a bang. I'm very excited to see what will come next and hope we get a longer book because I just can't get enough.* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Loved this one. I think it's her best yet!
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    I really liked this book. Drama, conflict, fight scenes, suspense, & good sex
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    This series is consistently great. Fast paced, great characters and nasty bad guys with just enough politics to make it feel real
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    If you are dyed blue are you at risk of being abducted by Smurfs?

    Mercy and Adam have an unwelcome house guest, Christy, Adam's ex-wife. She is fleeing a stalker who has killed at least one person and burned down a condo. Oh, and he might be a volcano god. Even more reason for Christy to try and manipulate her way back into Adam and the pack's life.

    This instalment of the Mercy Thompson series is filled with tension. The injection of Christy back into the werewolf pack politics, the new enemy, the need to protect people who are trying to hurt you, and the suspicion of the werewolves being responsible for a rash of murders, could induce reader anxiety. Patricia Briggs has certainly left no obstacle out of Mercy's way in Night Broken.

    Needless to say, the review of the next instalment, Fire Touched, will be coming soon.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Oooooo I hope Christy goes away. Don't care how. Evil, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    Number 8 in the Mercy Thompson series - I haven't read any of the others. Coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her werewolf alpha mate Adam receive a call from his ex-wife and mother of his daughter saying she needs help as a man is stalking her. Having the manipulative Christy in their home and making an obvious play for Adam puts Mercy on edge. However, there is a much greater problem looming; an ancient volcano god from the Canary Islands believes Christy is his lost love and will stop at nothing to get her back. Strong female protagonist. Okay read.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    I really liked this book. Drama, conflict, fight scenes, suspense, & good sex
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    This is my favorite Mercy Thompson book so far. As usual, Mercy's got a lot on her plate but it really feels like it all ties in together. This is the first book where I've felt like Mercy was a full fledged character, not a mary-sue who was given a couple of flaws chosen by a list and a dice roll. And Lorelai King killed it as always with the narration. Loved it!
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Another great entry into the Mercy Thompson series. Lots of action and magic, with characters that you have come to know from previous novels.

    The narrative was excellent and I look forward o the next book in the series.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    madly inlove with this series. True Blood fans would love it.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Loved it. I thought I'd hate the ex coming back to try and mess stuff up but it is just a minor part of the story. Gary and Coyote made me laugh, Honey, rocked, and there is a monster in this story that is so bad, it makes werewolves look like puppies.

    NIGHT BROKEN is packed full of strong writing – great moments of humor, horror, and suspense; emotion and drama; romance and redemption. It’s another wonderful story in a series that sets the bar. NIGHT BROKEN is highly recommended for fans of the series and for those readers who appreciate really thoughtfully written urban fantasy.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    One of my all time greatest paranormal authors has done it again . The audio version is wonderful as well.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Not as good as the others in the series but different and still good.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    The combination of serious and sarcastic humor is always a hallmark of Patricia Briggs work!
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Mercy is such a well developed series. I feel I know every character and I am invested in the story lines so much. It is my go to series.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    If you're not reading this series, go find Moon Called and get on with it already. That is all.
    Read 3 times so far. The audio book versions are good, too!
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    Mercy has problems with Adam's annoying ex-wife and the creepy volcano god who is stalking her.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    DESCRIPTION, NOT REVIEW: When her mate’s ex-wife storms back into their lives, Mercy knows something isn’t right. Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions—she wants Adam back, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning the pack against Mercy.Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. As the bodies start piling up, she must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    I enjoyed Night Broken. And it involved Mercy spending time with Honey! That made me happy. (I'm convinced that one day they're actually going to become friends.) However, in hindsight, there's something frustrating about the way the story doesn't really engage with a lot of the series' on-going plot threads but instead introduces a new enemy (who is unlikely to show up again).The other criticism is that Night Broken revolves around Adam's ex-wife, who shows up in need of protection and proceeds to be insidiously bitchy towards Mercy. This is compelling yet uncomfortable. I didn't have the problems with it some people did, because I didn't feel like the take home message was "Christy is an evil manipulative bitch who deserves to be treated badly". I thought the book - and Mercy herself - was quite explicit about not engaging in victim blaming. No matter how annoying Christy is, nor how many poor choices she makes. Also, I never saw Christy as a serious romantic rival. Instead, she poses a threat to Mercy's relationship with the wolfpack, because she has a better relationship with a lot of them than Mercy does, and I thought this was a much more interesting tension.(There are also potentially problems to do with cultural appropriation. They're not my cultures so I'm not in a position to judge if Briggs is getting things horribly wrong. Briggs is trying to be diverse but she being successfully diverse? I don't know.)
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Another great installment! Mercy and Adam are forced to protect Christy, Adam's ex-wife, from a dangerous stalker while they battle then next big bad thing. Coyote is back, as are a few other characters from the cross over series, Alpha and Omega. We meet Gary Laughingdog...another walker...who has an interesting gift and a warning about Coyote. I really, really liked this. I'd heard the Smurf comment in some of the other threads, but didn't get it until late in the book. Awesome. And that walking stick.... Hmmmm....

    Tad was fantastic and he'll be quite an asset to Mercy's fighting force. Christy was a real witch though. Talk about manipulative and selfish. How Adam ever ended up with her is beyond me. Honey is growing on me though. I like her character and the little "something" that's going on with Gary makes me wonder if he'll be back. Still enjoying this series and I don't know how I'll stand the wait for the next installment!
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    I always forget how much I love this series until I pick another one up. Mercy is an auto mechanic married to the Alpha Werewolf in her city. Mercy is not a werewolf she is a shape shifting Coyote and she is great. She is far from perfect but she is a kick ass woman who can hold her own. She isn't a damsel in distress and will fight with everything she has to protect the ones she loves.This was a great installment and really spoke to how the pack politics works. I also love that most of the books really showcase Mercy as a strong independent woman. By the end of this book I think the pack starts to look at Mercy differently as well.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Excellent installment in the Mercy Thompson series. Very scary enemy. Terrific annoying character in Adam's first wife. Mercy was as awesome as ever. Great world-building.