Review: Night Broken
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Night Broken (Mercy Thompson, #8)Night Broken by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I actually read this book for the first time a couple years ago (before I started regularly reviewing books), but I'd somehow gotten it out of order in the series. Now I'm rereading in the right order. The fact that I had no qualms reading the book a second time is a good indication of its quality.

Along with the regular characters from Mercy's life so far, this book introduces Mercy's sort-of-half-brother Gary Laughingdog, a fellow coyote shifter. We also spend a good amount of time with Christy, Adam's infuriating ex-wife and Jesse's mother. She's a character designed for the reader to hate, and Briggs succeeds with flying colors.

In true Mercy fashion events plummet from bad to worse as seemingly simple problems turn supernatural. And through it all, Mercy's drive to protect those around her keeps her moving forward to the bitter end. She comes out with both new friends and new scars.

With masterful character development and smooth prose, Night Broken is a great read (and re-read).

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