I am finally all caught up! And now I’m not entirely sure if I’m happy about that, because now I have to wait for the next one to release and it’s going to be sometime before that happens. Night Broken was a fun book though it had some irritants.
Night Broken begins with a call from Adam’s ex-wife Christie, saying that she’s in trouble because someone is stalking her. She asks him for protection and Adam and Mercy agree. Meanwhile, there is a powerful Fae who wants the walking stick back. He has a legitimate claim since the stick since his father crafted it. This is a bit of a problem since Mercy gave the walking stick to Coyote. As if that isn’t enough, Christie’s stalker turns out to be a super-powerful Volcano god bent on having her back. Typical day in the life of Mercy Thompson, so much to do and so little time.
I don’t know how Mercy even managed to stay alive all these years, although to be fair, her troubles started quite recently. But I don’t understand what changed and that confuses me a little bit. She was perfectly safe in the Tri-Cities for the past 10 years and then suddenly, everyone from the Vampires to Volcano gods is suddenly attacking her.
The Mercy Thompson series is fun and entertaining. They are fast-paced and full of action that keeps the reader interested and has them coming back for more. When I started the series I felt that maybe it would start feeling repetitive with her getting into a trouble in every book and while I did get that feeling in the middle, the fact that the antagonists are easy to differentiate makes it better. Also the main characters continue to grow and we keep learning more about the other characters. The way these books are written also help make them more interesting, the writing is funny but not silly with a healthy dose of popular culture references (she had me at Korra and Aang) Her writing is also compelling making me anxious to get to the end. With series that have so many books in the series, the stakes can feel low but Briggs keeps that from happening. The characters might be immortal (excluding one or two) but then can still die and that keeps the reader from getting complacent.
I like Mercy, she is a good main protagonist, in that, she is strong and stubborn (typical PNR character traits) but what I like about her is that generally, she doesn’t go looking for trouble, it quite literally finds her. But once she is in the middle, she doesn’t back down. She fights for those she cares about and for the most part she can hold her own. Additionally, she isn’t afraid to call for help because she knows that she’s outmatched. Too many PNR heroines (and even YA for that matter) keep getting into trouble but never ask for help, which only makes matters worse. She also doesn’t apologise for her actions because she recognizes that when she is in a situation, she won’t be able to walk away. But she does everything possible to make sure that she can take care of herself.
Adam continues to be the nice guy. Their relationship was very refreshing because, for the most part, it was free of the usual melodrama. Adam is an Alpha but he doesn’t try to control Mercy. He is also very supportive of her and always lets her know that he loves her. Moreover, he is supportive of those in the pack who he knows are different. He repeatedly stands up for Warren till the rest of the pack backs down. He is fiercely protective and doesn’t hesitate to protect those he cares about. I also love his relationship with Jesse and I wish we had more scenes with their interaction.
Christie is Adam’s ex-wife and a despicable character. She was more annoying and unlikeable than the main antagonist and I wish that Adam or Mercy had put her in her place a lot sooner than they did. I don’t understand why Mercy didn’t act sooner when it was blatantly obvious that Christie was actively trying to make trouble between Mercy and Adam. And I couldn’t get why the other wolves didn’t see through Christie’s performances. Giving Christie to Guayota would have been beyond cruel to Guayota because she would have made his life a living hell as well.
Aurielle and Mary Jo were being deliberately dense and I did not appreciate that Adam didn’t put them in their respective places. Aurielle was hostile to Mercy through most of the book and all of it was unprovoked. I’m glad that at least Darryl had more sense. After all the trouble Christie caused and knowing that she thinks that werewolves are nothing but monsters parading as humans, how could these werewolves think that she is better than Mercy!
The pack is an integral part of the series and with each successive book, we learn a little bit more about the individual wolves. In Night Broken, Honey was a surprise. She is as different from Mercy as oil is from water but she supported her when Christie tried to cause trouble once again. Moreover, she recognized Christie for who she truly is and she stood up for Mercy and showed the rest of the pack that Mercy wasn’t weak. I liked her and would like to see more of her in the upcoming books. Warren is an absolute sweetheart and I like Kyle as well. Ben has grown on me and I like that he doesn’t take crap from anyone.
Another character that I really like is Stefan and it is obvious that he really cares for Mercy but I can’t understand why she continues to treat him the way she does. He has never done anything to hurt her and two times that he was in her head was to save her. He goes out of his way to protect her and she keeps treating him like he’s a horrible person who can’t be trusted. If anything, he has proven, time and again that he can be trusted. I wish she would pull her head out her ass and treat him better.
Night Broken was a fun installment to the series and I can’t wait for the next book to release. I like the characters and the plots have been varied enough that I am curious to see where the story and the characters eventually end up.