By Patricia Briggs
Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2008
Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, paranormal, mystery, paranormal mystery
Series: Mercy Thompson; 5
Intended audience: Adult
Number of pages: 342
Setting: Tri-cities (Richland, Kennewick, & Pasco), WA
Time period: Contemporary
Plot summary: Mercy is still adjusting to pack life; this is made more difficult by the fact that there are pack members who resent her becoming pack. Additionally, she has a magical book that needs to be returned to its owner, but he can’t be found. She also has a roommate who is in desperate need of her help and attention.
Pacing: Like the rest of the series, this is an extremely fast book.
Characterization: Told in first person through Mercy. Adam is an important secondary character, as is Samuel.
Frame: The story is framed by the title – I had to look up the spelling of borne, since I was unfamiliar with it. It is the past participle of the verb to bear (which can mean to give birth, but also means to hold up or support). I interpret the title’s meaning as supported by silver. There is a character in this story who goes by the name of Silver.
Story line: An action packed story which delves deeper into the world of the fae, as well as Mercy’s new pack connections.
Automobile mechanics — Fiction.
Werewolves — Fiction.
Thompson, Mercedes (Fictitious character) — Fiction.
Jim Butcher – The Dresden Files series
Charlaine Harris – Sookie Stackhouse series
Kim Harrison – Rachel Morgan/ Hallows series
Karen Marie Moning – MacKayla Lane/ Fever series
Personal notes: I enjoyed this story more than the previous one. The characters and relationships continue to grow stronger as the series progresses.
Other: Diversity – walker (shape shifter), werewolves, gremlin, fae, witch, multiracial woman – part Native American, female auto mechanic, homosexuals