Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe…
Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise…
Worldbuilding: The Mercy Thompson world is full of paranormal/fantasy elements (witches, vampires, shifters, ghosts, fae/goblins) combined in intricate political dynamics between and inside the packs, seethes, kingdoms, and all. I really, really love this diverse and intricate world!
Characters: Mercy did a bit of self-discovery in Silence Fallen, being forced to be on her own for a bit and thereby take a look at her relationship with Adam and her family life, at herself and her motives – and most importantly, at her own resources, be it intrinsic or diplomatic. I thought it was also a reaffirmation of her ability to wreak havoc all on her own, lol! In a way, it was a bit of a recap that someone like me – who started the series with book #9 – can really use and enjoy at such an advanced point in the series. Her time apart from Adam also reaffirmed their romance, and I enjoyed it.
It was fun seeing Adam on his own(ish), doing stuff and getting things done, as he tried to get his mate back. I really loved the fact that despite him being a badass alpha, and having all sorts of connections and resources, he did some diplomatic finessing while Mercy handled her own thing. Seeing them apart somehow emphasized for me the strength of their couple.
Plot: The story was an interesting mix of elements, paranormal political intrigue, ongoing romance, the suspense and action we’ve come to expect from UF in general and a Mercy Thompson story in particular – all of it in a somewhat slower tempo than I might have expected. I had the sense that things were moving along a bit too slowly in the beginning, but the tempo picked up from somewhere around a quarter into the novel and kept increasing until the awesome end.
Writing: First person, past tense narrative, Mercy’s POV, combined with some third person, past tense narrative bits as things happened in Adam’s part of the story. I liked the style and Mercy’s fun voice was as awesome as always. Personal pet peeve though, there were some parallel/not-quite-parallel timelines going on, as things happened in one of two sides of the story.
Curb Appeal: Fantabulous cover, hooking blurb, auto-buy series/author name for my UF cravings.
I really enjoyed Silence Fallen and felt like the story picked up toward the end – no cliffy! -, making me feel like there’s still so much goodness coming our way via the ever-fun, ever-havoc-wreaking Mercy Thompson.
I recommend Silence Fallen to fans of UF with diverse, intricate political paranormal worlds, and to those who enjoy exciting stories of thrilling worlds and strong MCs who manage to always get in trouble and get out of it with style xD Go, Mercy, go!