Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Book Review: Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs


Title: Shifting Shadows
Author: Patricia Briggs
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Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Series: Mercedes Thompson World
Source: Gift
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: 2nd September 2014
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
A collection of short stories based in the world of Mercy Thompson - the major urban fantasy series from the International No. 1 bestselling author.
Mercy Thompson's world just got a whole lot bigger . . .

A collection of all-new and previously published short stories set in a world described as "the best new urban fantasy series I've read in years" by Kelley Armstrong - featuring Mercy Thompson and the characters she calls friends.

The collection includes the new stories . . .

"Silver"
"Roses in Winter"
"Redemption"
"Hollow"

. . . and reader favorites

"Fairy Gifts"
"Gray"
"Alpha and Omega"
"Seeing Eye"
"The Star of David"
"In Red, with Pearls"
My Thoughts
I've had this book sitting on my shelf for over a year, and thought it was about time I picked it up. The world of Mercy Thompson is one I found late, but fell in love with immediately. I look forward to each new installment to this series. Shifting Shadows is a collection of short stories from this world.
I read Shifting Shadows over several days, and my review will be mini reviews for some stories rather than a review of the whole book.

Silver
This is Ariana and Sam's story. We see the life Sam had with his Grandmother, and Ariana with her Father. We see the beginning of thier story, how they met and the reasons that separated them. Silver alternates between Ariana and Sam, giving us both sides of the story before thier paths cross.

Fairy Gifts
This is the story of Thomas and how he became a vampire. We see how his affliction leads him being hired to search for a fae called Maggie, and the consequences of this search, including how he ends up with his additional gifts.

Seeing Eye
This story takes us back to our favourite witch, Moira, who is know as Wendy Moira Keller. She is asked to help look for a missing person, Jon, the brother of the second in the Emerald City pack, Tom. With a bit of magic and werewolf Wendy is able to help Tom locate his brother, but it won't be easy.

The Star of David
This is the story of David Christianson, fellow army ranger to Adam. David and Adam were both turned at the same time, and David found it hard to go back to normal. His relationship with his family is strained, but when his daughter asks him for help with a case regarding a foster child David doesn't hesitate to offer assistance.

Roses in Winter
We get a mention of Kara in Blood Bound, but we don't learn of her progress. This is Kara's story as she spends time in the Aspen Creek pack with the Marrok. Having spent so many years trying to hide her werewolf, she is finding it hard to fit in, both as a human and a werewolf, but certain events happen, and set the ball rolling for a cut off point, it's do or die time for Kara.
This was my favourite story of them all, not only do we get to see some new characters, we also get to see some old ones, especially Asil. I liked getting to see another side to Asil and how he cares for and nurtures Kara.

Redemption
This is a story from Ben. Since his introduction I have been on the fence over my feelings for him. There are times that I like him, and others dislike him. This shows us Ben's life outside the pack in his place of work. We get to see what he is capable of and what he is willing to do to keep others safe, even if it means adopting a horrible attitude to keep a woman safe from a predator.
I was pleasantly surprised with this story and I have definitely changed my opinion of him.

Final Verdict
Shifting Shadows was a book I enjoyed reading. Getting to see some behind the scenes stories, as well as some outtakes that didn't make the final books. There was a few stories I have read, but most of these were new to me, which made it more enjoyable.

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