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Silver Borne
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Silver Borne
Mercy Thompson Series, Book 5
Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, never knows what the day—or night—may bring. But in the fifth novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, she's about to learn that while some secrets are dangerous—those who seek them are just plain deadly...

Mercy is smart enough to realize that when it comes to the magical Fae, the less you know, the better. But you can't always get what you want. When she attempts to return a powerful Fae book she'd previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.

It seems the book contains secret knowledge—and the Fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn't take enough of Mercy's attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side—leaving Mercy to cover for him, lest his own father declare Sam's life forfeit.

All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn't careful, she might not have many more to live...
Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, never knows what the day—or night—may bring. But in the fifth novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, she's about to learn that while some secrets are dangerous—those who seek them are just plain deadly...

Mercy is smart enough to realize that when it comes to the magical Fae, the less you know, the better. But you can't always get what you want. When she attempts to return a powerful Fae book she'd previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.

It seems the book contains secret knowledge—and the Fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn't take enough of Mercy's attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side—leaving Mercy to cover for him, lest his own father declare Sam's life forfeit.

All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn't careful, she might not have many more to live...
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    Table of Contents


    Title Page

    Copyright Page

    Dedication

    Acknowledgements


    Chapter 1

    Chapter 2

    Chapter 3

    Chapter 4

    Chapter 5

    Chapter 6

    Chapter 7

    Chapter 8

    Chapter 9

    Chapter 10

    Chapter 11

    Chapter 12

    Chapter 13

    Chapter 14

    Chapter 15

    Titles by Patricia Briggs


    The Mercy Thompson Novels

    MOON CALLED
    BLOOD BOUND
    IRON KISSED
    BONE CROSSED
    SILVER BORNE


    The Alpha and Omega Novels

    ON THE PROWL

    (with Eileen Wilks, Karen Chance, and Sunny)

    CRY WOLF
    HUNTING GROUND


    MASQUES
    STEAL THE DRAGON
    WHEN DEMONS WALK


    THE HOB'S BARGAIN


    DRAGON BONES
    DRAGON BLOOD


    RAVEN'S SHADOW
    RAVEN'S STRIKE

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    This is an original publication of The Berkley Publishing Group.


    This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. The publisher does not have any control over and does not assume any responsibility for author or third-party websites or their content.


    Copyright © 2010 by Hurog, Inc.

    Map illustration by Michael Enzweiler.


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    Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data


    Briggs, Patricia.

    ISBN: 9781101186114

    1. Thompson, Mercy (Fictitious character)—Fiction. 2. Automobile mechanics—Fiction.

    3. Werewolves—Fiction. I. Title.

    PS3602.R53165S56 2010

    813'.6—dc22 2010001113



    To Long-Suffering Editors who never lose their cool, Husbands
    who feed horses, Children who drive themselves and fix their own
    meals, to Vets who take panicked phone calls at all hours, and to
    all of you who give of your time, talents, and energy to help
    others and to be there when you are needed. My thanks.

    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

    There are many people who helped with this book. Thank...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 22, 2010
    Coyote-shifting garage mechanic Mercedes Thompson, now mated to Adam, the Alpha of the local werewolf pack, embarks on her exciting fifth dark fantasy adventure (after 2009's bestselling Bone Crossed
    ). Three subplots—Mercy's attempt to return a magical book to a fae friend-of-a-friend, her difficulties integrating into Adam's pack, and her roommate Samuel's misery over being a lone Alpha—come together seamlessly, and excitement builds as Mercy and her loved ones go through ever more intense experiences, including a house fire, a suicide attempt, a death sentence, and a reunion between long-ago loves. Briggs creates both well-rounded characters and a complex mythology, resulting in a rich read that's far more than a series of action adventures strung together. Fans of the series will be thrilled; new readers should start at the beginning or risk drowning in the immersive world-building. 6-city author tour.

  • Booklist

    March 1, 2010
    The fifth Mercy Thompson yarn has the garage mechanic-to-coyote shape-shifter, who could use a little relaxation after whacking all those vampires in Bone Crossed (2009), up to her armpits in romantic and supernatural trouble. Her housemate Sam, a lone werewolf, has developed suicidal depression from the conflict of his two natures. Mercy herself is still working out the relationship with Adam, her bonded mate and the leader of a werewolf pack, which has been put in the danger posed by a jealous female werewolf. Then Mercy gets a call asking her to check on a comrade who may have gone missing. The Fae may be involved. Ai-yi-yi. Theres a lot going on in Silver Borne, but its pacing is practically perfect as it shifts between introspection and sudden action. Mercy is back in the West after the New Orleans setting of Bone Crossed, so most of the characters will be familiar to readers of the first three of Mercys now eagerly awaited adventures as well as their graphic-novel prequel, Homecoming (2009). A must for anyone following the series, one that should also be popular among fans of paranormal romance.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2010, American Library Association.)

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