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August 1st, 2010

August 1st, 2010
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Book review: Silver Borne
Today's book review is Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs.

This is Mercy Thompson book 5.  It's a complete story, but it does use established characters.  If you read it by itself it would probably make sense, but there are things you need to know about the characters that aren't fully spelled out to get the full impact.  Start at the beginning with Moon Called and read them in order.

I finished this last night, somewhat after I should have been asleep since I was getting up at 5:30 this morning.  If I put this off, I will be less tired, but I will also be likely to forget more, so I'm pushing myself to do it now.  I will also mention that this is the second of the two books that I was bad and bought in hardcover at InConJunction rather than waiting for paperback.

This series continues to be superb.  The plot has enough complexity to be compelling and not so much that it ties my brain in knots.  The world is illuminated a little more and continues to be consistent, believable once you've bought into the genre, and compelling.  And, as always, the characters are the key.  Briggs' heroes and supporting good guys leap out of the page and command attention and emotional involvement.  They are somewhat larger than life, yet they have flaws and weaknesses, and the way they manage to persevere and conquer their own weaknesses makes them shine.  I read the first half of this book quickly, and it was glorious.  Then I foolishly allowed myself to be distracted, in part out of a foolish desire to try to make it last.  This left me feeling that the rest of the book was merely great, not perfect, as I was not quite as fully immersed in it.  (Note to self: when a really good book demands your full attention, let it have it, even though it hastens the time you'll be reading a less good book.)  However, I do realize that about this time in the unfolding of the plot, the story did start unfolding in a way that was just a little more predictable and less compelling.

9 out of 10.

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