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Night Broken
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Night Broken
Mercy Thompson Series, Book 8
#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs's Mercy Thompson series has been hailed as "one of the best" (Library Journal). Now Mercy must deal with an unwanted guest—one that brings a danger unlike anything she's ever known.
When her mate's ex-wife storms back into their lives, Mercy knows something isn't right. Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions—she wants Adam back, and she's willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning the pack against Mercy.
Mercy isn't about to step down without a fight, but there's a more dangerous threat circling. As the bodies start piling up, she must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs's Mercy Thompson series has been hailed as "one of the best" (Library Journal). Now Mercy must deal with an unwanted guest—one that brings a danger unlike anything she's ever known.
When her mate's ex-wife storms back into their lives, Mercy knows something isn't right. Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions—she wants Adam back, and she's willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning the pack against Mercy.
Mercy isn't about to step down without a fight, but there's a more dangerous threat circling. As the bodies start piling up, she must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.
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  • From the book ***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected proof.***

    Copyright © 2014 by Hurog, Inc.

    1

    The phone rang while I was elbow-deep in sudsy dishwater.

    "I'll get it," said my stepdaughter, Jesse, hastily dumping two glasses and a fork in my sink.

    A werewolf pack that eats together stays together, I thought, scrubbing stubborn egg off a plate. Sunday breakfasts weren't attended by the whole pack—some of them had families just like regular people or jobs they worked on the Sabbath. The breakfasts weren't mandatory because that would have ruined the intent. Darryl, Adam's second, who usually prepared the meals, was a hellaciously good cook, and his food attracted anyone who could manage to come.

    The dishwasher was running, stuffed full and then some. I would have let the rest of the dishes wait until it was done, but Auriele, Darryl's mate, wouldn't hear of it.

    I didn't argue with her because I was one of the three people in the pack who outranked her, so she'd have to back down. That felt like cheating, and I never cheat.

    Unless it is against my enemies, whispered a soundless voice in my head that might have been mine but felt like Coyote's.

    The second reason for my compliance was more self-serving. Auriele and I were getting along, which made her the only one of the three female werewolves in the pack who was friendly with me at the moment.

    Auriele hadn't been happy having me as the Alpha's mate, either—I was a coyote shapeshifter among wolves. She didn't think it was a good thing for pack morale. She also thought, correctly, that I brought trouble for the pack with me. She liked me despite herself. I was used to the company of men, but it was nice to have a woman besides Jesse, my teenage stepdaughter, who would talk to me.

    So, to please Auriele, I washed dishes that the dishwasher could have taken care of, ignoring the burn of hot soapy water in the wounds of my trade—barked knuckles are a mechanic's constant companion. Auriele dried the dishes, and Jesse had volunteered to tidy up the kitchen in general. Three women bonding over household chores—my mother would be pleased if she could see us. That thought hardened my resolve that next week, some of the men would do cleanup. It would be good for them to expand their skill set.

    "There's this kid in my second-period class." Auriele ignored the ringing phone as she hefted a stack of plates up to the cupboard with a grunt of effort. It wasn't the weight of the dishes that was the problem—Auriele was a werewolf; she could have lifted a four-hundred-pound anvil onto the shelf. It was that she was short and had to stand on tiptoe to do it. Jesse had to dodge around her to get to the phone.

    "All the teachers love Clark," Auriele continued. "All the girls and most of the guys, too. And every word out of his mouth is a lie. 'Enrique cheated off my paper,' he told me when I asked him why they both had all the same mistakes. Enrique, he just gets this resigned look on his face; I expect that Clark has done this to him before."

    "Hauptman residence," said Jesse cheerfully. "Can I help you?"

    "Is Adam there?"

    "So I told him—" Auriele stopped talking abruptly, her sensitive ears caught by the familiar voice on the line.

    "I need Adam." My husband's ex-wife's voice was thick with tears. Christy Hauptman sounded desperate and half-hysterical.

    "Mom?" Jesse's voice was shaky. "Mom, what's wrong?"

    "Get Adam."

    "Mom?" Jesse gave me a frantic look.

    "Adam," I called. "Christy's on the phone for you."

    He was in the living room talking to Darryl and a few...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 13, 2014
    In the winning eighth urban fantasy (after Frost Burned) featuring coyote shapeshifter and car mechanic Mercy Thompson, Briggs adds Canary Islands mythology and garden-variety jealousy. Mercy is mated to Adam, the Alpha of the Tri-Cities werewolves. Adam’s human ex-wife, Christy, seeks refuge with the pack to evade a dangerous stalker: volcano god Guayota. She soon begins playing on the sympathy of others to undermine Mercy’s place in the pack. At the same time, a dangerous Gray Lord of the Fae sets a deadline for Mercy to return the walking stick she previously borrowed from the Fae and entrusted into the elusive Coyote’s care. Between visits to imprisoned prophet Gary Laughingdog, whose importance grows along with the story, Mercy must fend off Guayota, who has pyrotechnic abilities and frightening red-eyed attack dogs. Briggs continues to surprise and intrigue readers with Mercy’s inventiveness and intuition under duress. Agent: Linn Prentis, Linn Prentiss Literary.

  • Library Journal

    February 15, 2014

    Coyote shape-changer Mercy Thompson has endured a lot to get to her happy ending of a loving marriage to alpha werewolf Adam Hauptman, but all it takes is one manipulative ex-wife to wreck Mercy's peace. When Christy, Adam's former spouse, calls begging for help and sanctuary from a vicious thug who beat her, it arouses the pack's protective instincts, but having Christy in the house is not going to be easy for Mercy. Things get complicated when it is discovered that Christy's bad date is actually an enraged and powerful entity that will stop at nothing to get her back. VERDICT This is one of the best series in urban fantasy, with a heroine who continues to grow and yet always remains true to herself. The pages fly by with action, emotion, and even some satisfying new information about Mercy's relationship with trickster god Coyote, her father.

    Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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