Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I finished this one about a week ago and must have forgot to blog it! Whoops!

Here's the newest addition to the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.  This is a series that was recommended to me by my cousin during the past few years and has come to be a favorite that I reread many times.  For those of you unfamiliar with the series, here is a quote from Patricia Briggs website to give you a little background:

Mercedes is Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. Her Native American heritage has gifted her with the ability to take the form of a coyote at will. She's surrounded by far more powerful supernatural beings, including werewolves, vampires and an assortment of fey.
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Novel: Shifting Shadows  Mercy Thompson Series #9
Author: Patricia Briggs
Publisher: Ace Books
Pages: 450
Source:  I purchased

This book is a compilation of all the short stories that take place in the world of Mercy Thompson.

Silver - *New story!*  This is the background story of Samuel Cornick and how he meets Ariana.  Their story continues in the book Silver Bourne.  It also gives more information as to the story of how Samuel and his father became werewolves and the beginning of their lives under the rule of Samuels' grandmother who was a witch.

Fairy Gifts - This story is about Thomas a Chinese vampire who returns to the place where he was turned a century before.  I'm not sure how this story works into the world of Mercy Thompson except for the fact that Patricia Briggs wrote it and she has vampires in the Mercy Thompson series as well.

Gray - Elyna returns to Chicago to the apartment turned condo that she had shared with her husband before she became a vampire and was forced to leave town because of what happened when she turned.  Since vampires are territorial she returns to claim her territory and everything that comes with it.

Seeing Eye - Moira Keller is a good witch who appeared in Ms. Briggs' Alpha and Omega Series.  When Tom Franklin, second of the Emerald City werewolf pack, knocks on her door seeking help to find his missing brother, he gets more than he bargained for!

Alpha and Omega - This is the story that begins the Alpha and Omega series of books.  It gives us background on Anna, who is a very special kind of werewolf called an Omega.  We also find out more information about Charles Cornick, brother of Samuel and son of Bran who is leader of all the werewolves of North America.  Charles comes to investigate why werewolves are being turned and then disappearing.

The Star of David - David Christiansen was a former Army Ranger who served with Mercy's neighbor Adam Hauptman.  Adam and David were forcibly changed into werewolves while serving in Vietnam.  In this story, it is Christmastime and David is nostalgic of old times when he was with his sons, but misses his daughter who hasn't spoken to him since an event shortly after returning stateside.  When Stella calls David drops everything for his Star.

Roses in Winter - *New story!*  Kara is the youngest person to survive being attacked by a werewolf and then transitioning into one herself.  Her situation was made known to us in the story Blood Bound, but we never heard what happened afterwards.  Kara has difficulty controlling her transition from human to wolf and back.  She is staying with Bran, but she turns to Asil, the Moore, who is one of the oldest werewolves alive and is struggling to control his own inner wolf.

In Red, With Pearls - Warren, Beta of the Columbia Basin pack (Adam Hauptman is Alpha) is a gay, dominant werewolf who has had to struggle practically everyday for the past century is waiting at the office when a lady in a red dress with pearls walks in asking for his partner.  When Kyle walks in, the magic flies and it all breaks loose!

Redemption - *New story!*  We find Ben, another member of the Columbia Basin pack, at work and see the things that he has to go through since he is the only werewolf there and he has to put up with women.  To make it worse, his alpha made a bet with him that he couldn't stop one of his favorite things - swearing!

Hollow - *New story!*  Mercy, our mechanic, is looking over her garage and trying to figure out what to do with it.  A favor is called in and Mercy has to go investigate a haunted house to try to see if she can save the people in the house before someone else dies.

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