Series: Mercy Thompson, #8
Published by Ace on March 11, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 352 pages
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Sexual Content: references to sex
Reviewed by: Kristina
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.
In NIGHT BROKEN our favorite coyote shifter not only has to deal with a raging Polynesia god, a missing Coyote, but also family issues surrounding Adam's ex-wife. I would say the battles where Mercy gets beaten up (yet again!) in this book kind of reflect how she is feeling inside in regards to the Adam's ex-wife Christy, all black and blue and just hanging on. I loved the central mystery involving Christy's stalker who just wont leave her alone. I love when an author plays around with mythologies of other cultures and in this story we get a taste of Polynesian mythology which I found really cool.
Christy, Adam's ex-wife is to put it mildly a horrible person who is almost as vicious with her manipulations as the punches served by the Polynesian volcano god Mercy fights in NIGHT BROKEN. If there is one thing that bothered me in this book, it is the way in which the Adam's Pack treats Mercy after Christy temporarily invades their house. Their instant loyalty to Christy and despising of Mercy made me really dislike this group of people especially considering the ways in which Mercy sacrificed herself for them in previous books. I commend Mercy for gritting her teeth and bearing Christy's intrusion as I don't know if I could have had such restraint. One of the positive things to come out of this relationship drama is the sheer amount of snark coming out of Mercy. Some of it was downright witty, snarky but witty.
In regards to things I loved about NIGHT BROKEN, I absolutely love when Coyote comes to visit Mercy as it tends to create chaos and fun times (for Coyote at least...). With NIGHT BROKEN we get to meet another descendent of Coyote called Gary Laughingdog who has a very different relationship with Coyote and who I want to see pop up again in future books. Aside from battling horrible ex-wives and gods Mercy also learns more about her mysterious walking stick, her powers, and more about the Fae who have cut themselves off from society.
NIGHT BROKEN packs a punch in both the physical and relationship sense and I enjoyed every second of it. I can't wait to see what kind of trouble Mercy gets into in the next Mercy Thompson book due some time in 2015.Series Titles: