Trying to rate Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs is the challenge I find myself facing both in the start and quite possibly in the conclusion of this review. Usually having the rating guides my thoughts a little when writing my reviews, but for Silence Fallen I’m just going to have to wing it.
My excitement for Silence Fallen has been unmet when it comes to the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, but with this latest installment my excitement feels like it was prematurely set free, and without much cause.
Silence Fallen wasn’t a filler story per se, or at least I wouldn’t categorize it as such, but it was definitely filled with too much dialogue and not enough doing. I’m not talking about it lacking action because it definitely had that, but the amount of talking and explanation of things seriously drug this story on. I literally found myself thinking as I was reading Silence Fallen, “was there this much inner dialogue and history lessons and just general talking being done in the previous stories in this series?!”
Silence Fallen also showed me that I am so tired of Mercy getting kidnapped or disappearing. The first few times that it happened were okay but in Silence Fallen Mercy found herself misplaced almost a total of three times. In my opinion that’s a lot for one person in one book. I’m also tired of the Pack, both Adam’s and Bran’s having to come and rescue her and for this I blame the author, and most of the time Briggs can do no wrong by me. Either she’s (the author) going to have to evolve the character of the Mercy or she needs to come up with more conflict scenarios.
While there were some cool things that happened in Silence Fallen I think it would’ve worked best as a novella, or an in-between story until the next release.