Friday, February 6, 2015

Review: Night Broken

Night Broken
Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Man, I hate Christy. I knew getting into this that the book would make me pretty angry, but the character of Christy just knew how to push all my buttons. I’m kind of amazed that Mercy was able to hold it together the way she did.

This book starts up in a horrible way. Adam’s ex-wife (Christy) calls to tell him she needs help. Since Adam is an alpha and has a history of taking care of Christy, he agrees to let her stay at his (and her old) house until her drama dies down. Mercy, being the wonderful alpha’s mate that she is, somehow agrees to let Christy stay with them. It could have been the fact that the pack (for some inexplicable reason) still loves Christy. It could have been Mercy trying to prove she is the better person. Either way, this opens up a crazy amount of trouble for them all (and that’s saying something, when they are pretty much always in trouble).

The trouble that Christy brings is in the angry mystery creature stalker form. It really takes some imagination to come up with another monster they haven’t encountered yet, but this author really does it. I also have to admit that I thought horrible things about Christy. The entire length of the book, I kept waiting for the truth to be revealed that Christy actually orchestrated this horrible monster being released in order to get her back in Adam’s house. Turns out, I’m a horrible person, or just think horrible things. Christy is genuinely on the run, and I guess it’s good that Mercy didn’t doubt that part of her story.

Along with the mystery creature story, we get a good dose of fae meddling (in the form of a particularly volatile fae lord). We also get a bunch of Coyote and Coyote-related time spent in the story. Mercy winds up with another sort-of relative that came with a whole new level of snarkiness. One of my favorite inanimate object characters comes back, too. While this book might not have had a big story that tied into any overall storyline, the little bits we get (like Stephan revelations, pack magic, etc.) added up to make this a necessary read in the series.

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