Review: Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

March 10, 2014 4 stars, Book Review 21 ★★★★

Review: Night Broken by Patricia BriggsNight Broken by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #8
Published by Ace on March 11, 2014
Genres: Adult SFF, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 341
Format: Hardcover
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My Reviews in this series: Moon Called, Shifting Shadows

An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. 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 farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, 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 ex 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.


Night Broken is another great addition to the urban fantasy, Mercy Thompson series. If you’re just now coming in, this is book #8 in the Mercy Thompson series​ and you will definitely want to stop in your tracks and read the preceding books first if you haven’t already.​ With that said, prepare for a tense ride!

It is never ok to invite your Ex to be a house guest!
– I say this with the an utter lack of compassion and civility a wife can possibly muster (because hey you just don’t go there). There is never a time when it is ok for your man’s Ex to come stay in your house – and his ears should be lit on fire for even asking. Am I cruel? Maybe just a little *cackles madly* – because she really was in danger but seriously, as someone else…go to the cops. However, in Night Broken, of course this house guesting scenario is totally needed to setup the plot and make things challenging for Mercy. So, I don’t hold that against the book because hey it was entertaining in a “I would like to choke Adam, slap Mercy over the head, and throttle Christy within an inch of her life” sort of way. I mean that in a very positive way because honestly the fact that it got under my skin so much meant I am really attached to the characters and really care how everything that went down affected them.

Solidifying relationships
– For me, Night Broken was very focused on relationships. Not only romantic ones but all of the ones between characters in this series. True there was a mystery to be solved or rather a main villain that Mercy and gang were working against but that isn’t what really captured me in this book. I was caught up in the workings of Adam and Mercy’s new marriage, Mercy’s position within the pack and how she’s been trying to settle into things and adjust to each pack member, the state of how things were left with her and Stefan, Mercy and Honey, possible friend or foe, Warren and Kyle, when are lies that you tell ok, are they ever really ok? I liked that I was getting more of a taste for how things stand with everyone. Though I wish there were more of Ben because I adore him. So while the plot with the new big bad ugly didn’t suck me in as much, everything going down with the character dynamic did.

Fans of urban fantasy and Mercy Thompson won’t be disappointed in this latest installment, Night Broken. My only question now is, what kind of trouble will she get into next??


Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8)

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21 Responses to “Review: Night Broken by Patricia Briggs”

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I have read almost everything this woman has written and absolutely loved it all. I think the only thing left I haven’t read is Masques and the one that goes with it.

      Have you read her The Hob’s Bargain (loved it – stand alone fantasy somewhat romance)
      and her Hurog Duology – dragons!!! Dragon Bones and Dragon Blood
      oh and her uhh forget the titles of these Raven Strike I think is one of them – its another duology loved them all.

      I wish she would write some more traditional fantasy but she seems very wrapped up in UF the past 8 or so years. but I guess it probably sells better what do you think?

      Yes RAGE! That is exactly what I was feeling. It literally had my chest hurting because I was getting so angry. I hate women like that! I have such a temperament that I totally can’t hide it either when I don’t like someone. She would have been sleeping outside in the shed

      • Jessica @ Rabid Reads

        I’ve thought about reading her her non-UF books before, but I hadn’t heard much about them, so they kind of got shunted to the side. But now that you’re saying they’re wonderful, it’s obvious that they would be (hindsight and all that) b/c her clear background in Fae folklore<—–my FAVORITE, from the Mercy books seems like it would translate really well into fantasy.

        And I loathe, detest, despise, and abominate women like that, and YES, absolutely she would be in the shed (or buried out back . . . ), LOL.

        • Tabitha the Pabkins

          You are so going to enjoy her traditional fantasy books. I loved that the two sets I read were both duologies and then the one standalone. I’ve actually read The Hob’s Bargain like three times. Its a go to feel good book for me. Super quick read too.

          I’d say next time you’re in the mood for traditional fantasy give her books a try. They are obviously much older than her UF so you can see a bit of a difference in her writing style and polish but still so very enjoyable.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I know exactly what you mean! I have to catch up on the last few Dresden Files books before the next come out. So i pulled them off my shelf and they will be getting read asap. But I’m excited I have two saved up to read back to back, with the next coming out that’ll be 3 times the Dresden fun!

      I hope you catch up soon and enjoy! Prepare to want to rip some hair out!

  1. Mirjam

    I love this series! Christy has always been trouble with a capital ‘T’, so inviting her to stay is not exactly a good idea. On the other hand I can understand why Adam would offer. I mean, an Alpha’s protective instinct is huge, he is a good guy and she is the mother of his daughter. Gosh, I really, really, really want to read Night Broken! I have pre-ordered it, but TBD hasn’t shipped it yet…:(

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      You are going to want to freaking CHOKE Adam and Christy by the time you are done reading. I’d like to hurt her something fierce! I hate women that are passive aggressive, or that are home wreckers. Or they just want a man once they know someone else has him. Biznatchesssss! I know I was so ready to jump into the pages and throw down. I hope you enjoy it!!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      You’re right – I have found I have enjoyed the UF books I’ve listened to. It does good as audio. I do have to admit though for ones I’m really enjoying I can’t handle audio because I read so much faster than they narrate!

  2. Mogsy

    OMG I wanted to jump into the book and smack every single one of them upside the head! What is it with “pack magic” that makes all of them act totally without common sense? The kicker is, I can’t even get too mad, because that’s probably how a pack of wolves really would act.
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Seriously he is an idiot. I think a lot of it is his fault because he obviously doesn’t want to protect and stand up for Mercy and lets Christy treat her like crap. He should have known better, so yeah he loses lots of points with me there.

      This was definitely a very aggravating read. lol

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I wanted to do more than choke him! Jeezuz I would have lost my mind on some of the stupid crap he did. So he’s a big bad alpha and yet he can’t stand up for himself or his WIFE from his EXWIFE!?? There is no excuse for some of the crap that went down that he let that biiznatch get away with.

        • Tabitha the Pabkins

          I guess it was needed to help build relationship tension. I just sincerely hope that this is not the new way that Briggs brings tension into the romance now that they are married. Because usually things settle down a lot once you’re in a marriage. If she has Christy move back near them and is constantly throwing her in the mix my love for the series would considerably lesson.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      This is definitely one that I would recommend – but you’d also want to read the companion series Alpha & Omega books, there aren’t as many of those since the Mercy Thompson books is her main series.