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A collection of short stories based in the world of Mercy Thompson the major urban fantasy series from the International No 1 bestselling authorMercy Thompson's world just got a whole lot bigger A collection of all new and previously published short stories set in a world desribed as the best new urban fantasy series I've read in years by Kelley Armstrong featuring Mercy Thompson and the characters she calls friendsThe collection includes the new stories SilverRoses in WinterRedemptionHollow and reader favoritesFairy GiftsGrayAlpha and OmegaSeeing EyeThe Star of DavidIn Red with PearlsBiographical Notes Patricia Briggs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series and the Alpha and Omega series She graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and worked for a while as a substitute teacher but now writes full time Patricia Briggs lives in Washington State with her family


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    Fanfreakingtastic ❤️


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    January February 2015 Re read Buddy read with SarahLoveOriginal ReviewMost of these stories have been out for a while but for some reason I've had a hard time getting them and reading them Nearly all of them were new to me when I picked up the book this time Even if you have read all the previously published short stories this anthology is definitely worth picking up for the four new novellas Roses in Winter is my favorite of the four but all of them were fantasticThese stories are organized in the chronological order in which they occur within the Mercy Thompson world and though they can nearly all be read whenever my organization orientated mind appreciated that Also at the beginning of each story Patricia Briggs gives a little blurb on the history of the story why it was written and where it occurs in the overall storyline It's a fun little insight into the mind of the writer Now onto the individual stories as they appear in the bookNote This review got a LOT longer than I anticipated TL;DR too long; didn't read summary is This is a fantastic collection of stories set in the Mercy Thompson world Many beloved characters make an appearance and some even get to take center stage The new stories are by far my favorite because they don't feel as if they're under length guidelines like some of the previously published in other anthology stories do Highly recommended for fans of the Mercy Thompson world For anyone new to this series I think you can read them and enjoy them on their own but most of them will have greater significance within the greater context of the world Silver Takes place many years before the events in Moon Called thousands maybe?This is the story of how Samuel and Arianna first meet They meet again in Silver Borne but that's many many years later As you can imagine especially if you've read the novels in this series this is an incredibly heart wrenching story Fans of the series have been asking for this story for years even knowing how much it was likely to hurt It opens right off the bat with Samuel mourning his wife and children and though there's some small slices of happiness and hope it ends in almost as sad of a place Even as much as it broke my heart I loved seeing this early beginning of Samuel Bran and especially Arianna It fills in some of the history of beloved characters and gives depth and insight into all three of them Fairy Gifts Takes place before Moon CalledThis is a story that's set in the Mercy Thompson world but with completely new characters Here were have Thomas a young Chinese man living in Butte Montana with his father before he's made a vampire For many years he serves his father without choice until chance leads him to Maggie a fae trapped in the mines Their meeting is short but has long lasting implications I enjoyed reading from Thomas' point of view He's an interesting and intelligent character Maggie was less developed as most of her time was off screen but she intrigued me as well The only downside to this novella is its length Being a rather short story and having completely new characters means there isn't as much time to become attached and invested in the characters Then there's the rather abrupt ending More abrupt than I'm used to from even Patricia Briggs Despite this I'm hoping we see Maggie and Thomas again sometime Gray Takes place before Moon CalledAnother story that has completely new characters Elyna is a vampire returning home to Chicago She purchases her old apartment specifically because of the 'haunted' reputation it has hoping to reconnect with the one that's still there This story worked a bit better for me than the previous one with new characters Despite never having met Elyna before I got a good feel for her character her history and her pain She's a strong and honorable vampire just trying to live her life in as much peace as she can manageAs Stefan is probably the only honorable vampire we've met in the novels of this series it was nice to get a glimpse of some vampires Thomas and Elyna that are good people I liked them They do what they have to do and live as they must but they've got values that they won't compromise on Seeing Eye Takes place one year before Moon CalledI loved Tom and Moira when we met them in Hunting Ground The white witch that's powerful than she seems always intrigued me I wondered what her history was and here we get that This is the story of how Tom and Moira meet Tom's brother has been taken by what Tom believes is a coven of witches This leads him to asking Moira for help Despite knowing this is seriously dangerous to herself Moira feels an obligation to help after all the coven is led by someone who was once very very close to her I won't say too much in case you like me haven't read this yet But the story is interesting dangerous and fun Seeing Tom and Moira's connection bud made me smile Again it ended a bit abruptly but I as I knew these characters and we see them again it didn't bother me uite as much Alpha and Omega Takes place during Moon CalledThis is the novella that started Anna and Charles story In Moon Called there are some discoveries that lead to Chicago Here we learn that Anna's right in the mix of that story When she calls the Marrok to report the shady stuff going on she's instructed to pick up his 'investigator' at the airport Enter Charles alpha than Anna thinks she can deal with But as his wolf is in his words interested in courting her than showing dominance they're in for one interesting ride I've reviewed this story elsewhere so I won't go into it all again I will say that after I got done re reading this novella here I had to struggle to not go immediately into Cry Wolf to get of Anna and Charles They are so perfect together and I love seeing them both grow as their relationship deepens throughout their entire series The Star of David Takes place the Christmas after most of the events in Moon CalledDavid Christiansen makes a brief but pivotal appearance in Moon Called I didn't get a very good feel for him in that story except to know that his history was tragic and he'd created his own future out of it Here we get to see him reconnect with a part of his family he thought forever lost to him David's honorable and carries his guilt with him always I liked that he was able to get some forgiveness from those that mean the most to him I also really loved meeting Devonte We hear in the books about how there are than just witches wolves and vampires in this worldit's interesting to see them make appearance too This whole story was incredibly poignant and I loved the sweet emotional and happy ending Roses in Winter Takes place between Bone Crossed and Silver BorneEasily my favorite story in the bunch Roses in Winter is told from Asil's point of view and gives us an update on the little girl that Mercy sends to the Marrok in Blood Bound Kara I've been wanting an update on Kara ever since she was first mentioned I hoped against hope that she'd not only survive but thrive Here we get to see the beginning of her struggle to learn a new wayAsil came to Aspen Creek and has been waiting thirteen years for the Marrok to kill him And despite thinking he doesn't have enough control any we begin to see how wrong he is here When he takes young Kara under his wing trying to help her get control of her shifting he develops a bond he never expectedI love Asil I've always thought of him than he has himself and I liked seeing this softer side to him a side that we only occasionally glimpse in the novels The Moor has got uite a reputation well deserved and earned but here we get the side so few people are privy to Patricia Briggs has been dropping not so subtle hints for a while about Asil and another character I really hope they have a future together because they're perfect for one anotherIt's also always interesting to see beloved characters from a whole new character's point of view Asil has sometimes laugh out loud funny observances of Bran Charles and othersThis story is a beautiful mix of humourous poignant and exciting I'm always impressed by how Patricia Briggs manages to make me hurt for characters I've just met One of the things I've always loved about this series is that the author doesn't shy from showing the darker side of immortality Sometimes forever is too long and loss is too much Though it makes me so incredibly sad it also makes me appreciate the happiness that does happen exponentially In Red with Pearls Takes place between Silver Borne and River MarkedWerewolf Warren and his boyfriend Kyle have long been favorite characters in Mercy's world Warren's just gotten his private investigator license and is working mostly for Kyle's law firm While waiting for Kyle to get done with a consult Warren comes face to face with a missing woman who has been turned into a zombie One that's apparently after KyleI really enjoyed the twists and turns in this story There's a good bit of mystery woven throughout and solid investigative work done by Warren It shows a different side than we usually get to see through Mercy's eyes I also was pleased to see the depth that was added to Kyle and Warren's relationship The story does end a bit uickly rushing through the resolution of the mystery and denoument however Warren isn't one to 'play with his prey' in his words so it makes sense too This is the one short story I'd previously read besides Alpha and Omega which was sold in e format individually making it easy and inexpensive to get and I enjoyed it as much on a re read as I did the first time Redemption Takes place between Frost Burned and Night BrokenI was not expecting a story from Ben's point of view Ever since he first appeared as the snarky dangerous somewhat broken man I've loved him despite Mercy's own misgivings and wanted to know Every time he's appeared since I grew to love him Here we get to see him becoming the person he is Ben's had a horrible history and is than a bit of a misogynst I know I know how can I love a character that's clearly hateful towards women? Well the truth is that I'm not sure But it's also that he's never had prior to being in Adam's pack any examples of women who weren't the bitches he calls them It makes it hard to hate him I want him to get healthy and better and we get to see the small steps continuation of that hereWhen a woman at Ben's work a woman that he doesn't even like because she's weak and snivelling get targeted by the office asshole Ben isn't sure why he constantly makes moves to intervene He doesn't do it nicely in true Ben fashion but he does it His confusion the ensuing discussion with Adam and his growth here made me nearly cheer I love this path he's on It's slow as most real change and growth is but it's steady and solid There's also some funny moments here when Ben's taken a bet to give up swearing One character tells him to avoid adjectives while he's attempting this His speech at the end and his coworker's thoughts on it had me grinning like crazy I can't wait to see of Ben and maybe one day for him to get his own HEA Hollow Takes place after Night BrokenA new Mercy short story As Patricia Briggs puts it what would a Mercy world anthology be with a Mercy story? Mercy's always had a knack for getting herself into trouble Despite taking precautions and being smart about things her desire to help people that ask it of her always leads to her getting in a bit deeper than she would like to beWhen a woman shows up at Mercy's demolished garage asking for help Mercy knows it's not her mechanicking skills the woman needs A ghost Of course And when the referral came from a trusted friend Mercy feels the need to go check it out Taking Zach and can I say how happy it made me to see him settling in a bit better with the pack? she heads a couple of hours out to see what she can do This is a short uick mystery that's pretty easy to see what's going on But I liked seeing the romance between two new characters as well as how Mercy deals with this ghost It's not like normal ghosts and Mercy's still learning how to control her own gifts Because Mercy's not afraid to ask for help and rely on friends we get an update on Gary as well as Samuel and Arianna This story made me anxious for the next Mercy book just so I can spend time with her Adam and everyone else I love so much Outtakes I wasn't expecting to get some deletedouttake scenes from the Mercy Thompson books so this was a nice treat when I got to the end of the storiesFrom Silver Borne it takes place near the end of this novel and is from Arianna's point of view Patricia Briggs notes that her husband thought since she included the beginning of Samuel and Arianna's relationship in Silver and that it ends on a rather sad note she should include something to remind readers that they do get their happily ever after A sweet scene that shows them reconnecting and gives even history between them I loved seeing this and am really hoping that we'll get from these two in the futureFrom Night Broken again it takes place near the end when Mercy's recovering and is from Adam's point of view We all know Mercy ends nearly every book recovering from some horrible injury or another and the same is true in Night Broken I really loved seeing how Adam thinks of her and how in love with her he is They're so perfect together and it's nice always to get the calm moments after the storm with the characters I love Shifting Shadows is a fabulous collection of short stories and novellas in the Mercy Thompson world Patricia Briggs writing is so beautiful and pulls me so completely into the world she's sharing that I never want to leave I know I'll be revisiting this anthology many times in the future and I can't wait for Dead Heat the next Alpha and Omega novel with Anna and Charles coming out in Spring 2015Buddy read with SarahPre reviewSO WORTH ITReview to comeview spoilerI'm liking the side view of Mercy for being different though she's got one hell of a push up bra hide spoiler


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    Review first posted on wwwFantasyLiteraturecom Shifting Shadows is a collection of urban fantasy stories from the MERCY THOMPSON universe along with a couple of outtakes or brief scenes from recent novels in the series Several different characters who will already be familiar to readers of this series as secondary and minor characters are given the protagonist role in these short stories along with at least one new character that I believe is completely new to the series Elyna in “Gray” Like the novels in these series these stories alternate between werewolves vampires fae ghosts and witches as the basis for the plot so there’s uite a bit of variety in these tales even though they’re all from the same universeThe stories in Shifting Shadows are set in internal chronological order Six of these stories previously appeared in print elsewhere and the other four first appeared in this volume Silver” Long long ago in Wales ― likely over a thousand years ago ― Samuel and his father Bran the Marrok or head of all the werewolf packs in North America lived as humans Unfortunately Bran’s mother is a truly evil witch and sets a werewolf on them turning them into werewolves and her slaves At the same time the fae Ariana develops tremendous magical powers with silver Her father the faerie forest lord becomes consumed by his jealousy and seeks out Bran’s mother the witch to gain power over his daughter Readers of Silver Borne will recognize this as the long ago beginning of Samuel and Ariana’s relationship It’s a rather grim tale but contains a note of hope 35 stars“Fairy Gifts” Another character’s back history is told in this story which is set in a much different time and place Butte Montana in the late 1800s when Chinese immigrants provided labor in the mines Thomas Hao a teenage boy whose father is in the opium distribution business is turned into vampire through the acts of his angry dictatorial father Awful parenting seems to be a theme in these first two tales Hao meets Margaret Flanagan a young fae who attracts disaster at the hands of other fae because of her powerful father Margaret who will profoundly affect Thomas’ life also plays a brief role in Fire Touched the most recent novel in the MERCY THOMPSON series There are some great twists and turns in this story 45 stars“Gray” Elyna a recently married woman was involuntarily turned into vampire during the 1920s Briefly escaping the vampire seethe clan just after she is turned she runs home Famished with thirst for blood she unintentionally kills her beloved husband Jack Many years later Elyna returns to live alone in her old apartment in Chicago unable to leave her memories behind There she has to deal with both Jack’s ghost which is still haunting the apartment and the brutal vampire gang that has taken over Chicago This story is a poignant look at love and relationships as well as a glimpse into vampire politics 45 stars“Seeing Eye” Yet another back story Moira the blind witch meets Tom the werewolf when he insistently rings her doorbell one evening He asks for her help saving his brother who has been kidnapped by the local witch coven and is likely to be a human sacrifice on the next night Halloween What Tom doesn’t know is that Moira has a terrible history with this coven This is a decent story but I didn't really feel it perhaps in part because I haven't read Hunting Ground where these two characters are introduced later in their relationship 3 stars“Alpha and Omega” The novella is the beginning of the relationship of Anna the Omega werewolf and Charles Bran’s younger son and werewolf enforcer of rules and hitman This story is the beginning of the ALPHA AND OMEGA sub series that interlocks with the main MERCY THOMPSON series I've previously reviewed this novella separately here 35 stars“The Star of David” For a change of pace here we have a follow up story of a minor character rather than their backstory David Christiansen was formerly in the military service with Adam the local Alpha werewolf in the Tri Cities area of Washington state and the husband of Mercy They were both turned into werewolves during their Army Ranger days David a black man who has a minor role in Moon Called now runs a team of mercenaries that specializes in extracting people from hostile situations Early in his werewolf days David killed his wife who was cheating on him in a fit of uncontrollable anger As a result he has been estranged from his daughter Stella for many years But now Stella whom David calls his “star” needs his help with a supernatural problem involving one of the foster kids she supervises Set at Christmas time this is a touching story about as Patricia Briggs states in her forward to this story “grace and forgiveness and family” 4 stars“Roses in Winter” This is another follow up story of a very minor character who has never even appeared in person in the MERCY THOMPSON books Kara is 13 years old and has been a werewolf since about age 10 which is unheard of since the violent change from human to werewolf almost invariably kills anyone under 18 Once her parents finally figured out where to go to get help for her as was related in Blood Bound she was sent to the Marrok’s pack However Kara still is unable to voluntarily change from human to werewolf and back ― and under werewolf law anyone who fails to gain this control within twelve months is killed as a unacceptable risk to humans and to the werewolves’ relationships with human society An unexpected friendship with Asil “the Moor” an ancient and powerful werewolf helps but it's not at all clear that Kara will survive under these strict rules especially with some political conspiring and pack power struggles going on Although the beginning of Kara's story was only briefly referenced in Blood Bound I really appreciated seeing what happened afterwards and Asil is a complex minority character who always brings depth to the story when he makes an appearance in this series 4 stars“In Red with Pearls” A story from the life of Warren second in command in Adam’s werewolf pack It's tough being gay in the werewolf world but Warren has found both a pack that accepts his sexuality and a human boyfriend that accepts his werewolf side While working as a private detective for his boyfriend Kyle a beautiful zombie hitwoman is sent to assassinate Kyle Warren ends up investigating the case trying to figure out who wants Kyle dead and why He has the help of Nadia the daughter of the witch that is on retainer to Adam’s pack werewolves need a little help with cleanup now and then when they don’t want trouble with law enforcement This story got just a little tedious during the detective part and then almost exploded with complications and twists at the end Although it was enjoyable reading and Warren is an appealing character I thought the extent of the disclosures at the end was a bit over the top 3 stars“Redemption” Ben a recurring character who is part of Adam's werewolf pack gets his own story here a mix of workplace humor and drama and personal redemption from issues and misdeeds in Ben’s past Ben is a brilliant database administrator and programmer but also a misogynist with a filthy mouth As this story begins Ben is trying to break his swearing habit at least for a week there’s a bottle of old scotch riding on his bet with Adam This is made difficult by the frustrations of his high tech job and co workers who aggravate him But as Ben realizes that he has a need to protect a vulnerable co worker he also is able to forgive himself and grow as a person Or werewolf I loved the tech industry setting and the humor in this story which meshed surprisingly well with Ben’s terrible past and the conflict in his current job and Ben is a uniue flawed character This is my favorite story in this collection 5 stars“Hollow” Mercy finally gets her own story in this collection Since she has the ability to see ghosts occasionally someone asks her to exorcise a ghost that’s causing trouble In this case a woman asks her to try to help a man she loves who’s being haunted by the ghost of his murdered wife to the extent that he’s become a recluse Thirteen years ago he was accused of her murder and though he was acuitted many think he actually did the deed As always when Mercy gets involved with a problem it ends up being a lot complicated and dangerous than anyone expected A nice plus here is the presence of Zack the pack's new submissive werewolf who’s been assigned as Mercy’s bodyguard for the day 4 starsThere are also a couple of outtakes or bonus scenes at the end of this collection just a handful of pages each The first is a scene with Samuel and Ariana from the end of Silver Borne and the second involves Adam Mercy and Coyote at the end of Night Broken These aren’t stand alone or particularly weighty but they’re enjoyable to read if you've already read the books that these scenes come from Shifting Shadows is an enjoyable exploration of the “Mercyverse” from the viewpoints of multiple minor characters which is a nice change of pace Many of these characters are minorities but it never feels artificial or like Patricia Briggs is simply trying to check off the diversity box I can only recommend this short story collection to someone who's already a MERCY THOMPSON fan and preferably has read most or all of the books in that series I do strongly recommend the series it's just that I don't think this collection of stories is the best place to start But for those who are fans of this series this is a great collection with no real missteps and a few excellent stories


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    Joint review by Rabid ReadsSILVERCarmel I only just recently got caught up on Briggs’ MERCY THOMPSON series thus I’m not as familiar with the mythology surrounding the Cornick family as Jessica some readers so when Ariana showed up in SILVER BORNE I didn’t realize that her and Samuel had a history that spanned hundreds of years I really enjoyed this short because it helped to fill in a lot of the blanks in their past and was a great overview of Bran’s lineage; it helped me to better understand her deep seated fear of wolves and her connection to silver which are two elements that went completely over my head when I originally read SILVER BORNE This anthology also starts and ends with Samuel Ariana which I thought was fittingJessica HA Yeah I’m definitely familiar with the obscure details but being aware that Ariana and Samuel knew each other from WAY before didn’t do much for me on the Samuel front Samuel has never been my favorite branch of the Bran tree No that spot has always been reserved for Bran himself Samuel is a touch snorts melancholy for my tastes I understand that he’s had a long life and endured than I with my incomparably short life can imagine BUT knowing that superficially does nothing to negate how tiresome his constant depressionsuicide watchhigh maintenance ness etc can be HOWEVER this story does SILVER is NOT a happy story but it is an interesting one and it does give valuable background on this most mournful of werewolvesFAIRY GIFTSCarmel This was actually one of the shorts that I enjoyed the least in this anthology so the fact that it’s listed as a ‘readers favourite’ in the blurb has me uestioning my Patricia Briggs fan girl status The author is from Butte Montana so I understand why she wanted to write a story that featured her hometown but other than the Fae bits I didn’t really understand why it earned a spot in this compilation I found the flashbacks confusing and other than Stefan I personally don’t particularly care of this author’s vampires Also I felt that the 19th century Chinese racism angle was unnecessary and didn’t add anything to this tale other than confusionJessica This story is about a vampire named Thomas and a Fae named Maggie It has not one thing to do with Mercy and friends as far as I can tell which I wasn’t expecting Still an accurate representation of Fae so I actually liked this one I always appreciate stories where tricksy Fae plans are thwarted by an underdog and while I’m not overly fond of this world’s version of the vampire either Thomas was a vamp I could get behind These two both deserve their bit of happinessGRAYCarmel A cute short that was inspired by the colour gray and Valentine’s Day; leave it to Briggs to put a dark spin on flowers and chocolate The author manages to sueeze in vampire politics love and a decent amount of action in only 34 pages I found that the tale was well rounded given its length and even though the tone is for the most part sad the ending was immensely satisfying Normally I’m not a big fan of ghost stories but this author is a pro at fleshing out characters and creating tension I rather enjoyed Peter Vanderstaat the full time cop part time contractor and his uick acceptance of Elyna’s vampirism was one of my favourite parts of GRAYJessica Another creepy vampire story and again wholly unrelated to the stories that we know and love I mostly liked it except nothing good can ever come from loving a ghost Sorry shrugs I don’t care how pretty the story is being unable to touch the one you love can NEVER end well and it’s painful to even contemplate BUT I also enjoyed Peter the copcontractor and Elyna might be my favorite vampire from this worldSEEING EYECarmel This one featured two characters from HUNTING GROUND which I also have yet to read but I enjoyed learning about this author’s witches as they rarely make an appearance in her MERCY THOMPSON series excluding Elizaveta the pack witch There was a lot of wolf y goodness and sexual tension; as a whole it felt pretty complete for a short story I like that the magical rules remained consistent in this anthology and mirrored what I’ve come to expect from this author After two werewolf less tales in a row I was happy to get back to Briggs’ furry canines I look forward to seeing Moira and Tom again when I finally get around to tackling the ALPHA OMEGA booksJessica I have read the ALPHA OMEGA books and while I don’t know if I can say that I prefer the characters overall in this series to those in the Mercy books the plot lines have been consistently stronger IMO so I’d actually read this before and I still really liked it on the second pass I liked Tom and Moira when I first met them and I liked learning how they met even Moira is one badass white witch And yes I appreciate Briggs’ sticking to her rules for supernatural creatures as wellALPHA AND OMEGACarmel In my opinion this was the best short in this collection mainly because I have yet to explore the world of ALPHA OMEGA so it made Briggs’ werewolves feel almost new again Latham’s first three years as a shifter were beyond horrible but her unfortunate back story helped to give Bran’s youngest son the appearance of being a knight in shining armor when he shows up in Chicago The Marrok has always been a favourite of mine so I was pleased when he made an appearance in this story The ending was as satisfying as it was violent and I liked the twist because it wasn’t at all what I was expecting Again I really need to read the ALPHA OMEGA series nowJessica First of all I think it’s important for you to know that if you try to start the ALPHA OMEGA series without reading this preuel first you’re going to be confused I know this for FACT The good news is that reading this is no hardship but fair warning while none of it takes place on page it’s obvious that Anna has been sexually assaulted and regularly in the three years she’s been a werewolf So if you’re bothered by that kind of thing now you know Beyond that simply put this is the story of how Charles and Anna met I liked it a lotTHE STAR OF DAVIDCarmel This was the second holiday themed tale in this anthology and it had a pretty big impact for being so brief It was a touching story that revolved around family and forgiveness; the author managed to pack in a surprising amount of paranormal elements in only 34 pages with werewolves vampires and wizards all making appearances I don’t recall the latter ever showing up in her MERCY THOMPSON novels so that was a definite bonus I also liked how THE STAR OF DAVID tied in to MOON CALLED by revisiting one of the original characters that made his debut alongside Adam The conclusion was absolutely perfect and a brilliant embodiment of the Christmas spiritJessica Hmmm I don’t have much to say about this one It was a Christmas story and it was as heart wrenching as the short intro lead you to believe it would be It’s about family forgiveness second chances all that Lifetime Holiday Special goodness and yeah it hit me straight in the FEELS but generally speaking I don’t like stories that are holiday focused very much they feel so contrived? Guess that makes me a Grinch Sorry that’s just one of my thingsROSES IN WINTERCarmel If I were to rank all of these stories from best to worst ROSES IN WINTER would be a close second behind ALPHA AND OMEGA I’ve always had a soft spot for the Marrok and the Moor and both of these characters play significant roles in this short which was a real treat for this werewolf fanatic Kara the ten year old now thirteen from BLOOD BOUND is at the forefront of this tale and I’ve always wondered what happened to her so I really enjoyed reading the continuation of her journey To my delight there was a great deal of pack politics in this tale and I loved how Asil and Devon two of the oldest wolves both came up to bat for the youngin’ The ending with the rose and the guitar brought tears to my eyes because it was just so beautifully executedJessica I love Asil In fact the reason that I might like the characters from the ALPHA OMEGA series than the characters from MERCY THOMPSON can pretty much be attributed to Bran and Asil NOT Charles and Anna—I love their storylines but their relationship is still in that awkward painful stage BLAH But there’s LOTS of Bran and Asil This story is doubly awesome bc not only is it mostly from Asil’s POV but you remember the little girl who’d been attacked and turned into a werewolf when she was like 10? The one whose father was a reporter and came sniffing around Mercy for info in BLOOD BOUND? This is her story too It’s just fantastic My FAVORITE by a long shotIN RED WITH PEARLSCarmel No paranormal anthology would be complete without zombies in my opinion and IN RED WITH PEARLS was a fun short about stupid neighbours and improbable crushes told from Warren’s POV—everyone’s favourite gay werewolf Briggs’ witches made another appearance in this one and it even explained why Nadia Elizaveta’s niece mysteriously takes a trip to ‘France’ in the MERCY THOMPSON series which I thought was a nice little bonus The twist was rather wonderful because I didn’t see it coming AT ALL and something pretty major happens between Warren and Kyle that made me love them even I totally want a full length book about these two now because 44 pages just wasn’t enoughJessica Man I really wanted to like this one bc WARREN but it was really predictable and the 99% of PeopleCreatures You Meet in the World are BAD theme that’s going on in these stories is starting to wear a bit thin At first I thought it was all the creatures except the werewolves but then I realized NOPE The werewolves are mostly bad too or at least morally ambiguous Anyway this was a story about Warren detecting after someone sends a zombie ——also not my favorite to kill KyleREDEMPTIONCarmel REDEMPTION was the funniest story in SHIFTING SHADOWS because Ben and Adam make a no swearing bet which lead to some rather creative vocabulary from the pack’s underdog That paired with all of the geeky references brought on by Shaw’s job as a DBA Database Administrator kept me smiling from ear to ear Ben’s known for his issues with women so he was as shocked as I was when he finds himself sticking up for Melinda his department’s secretary Adam and Mercy also made a cameo appearance in this short FINALLY; I only wish that Briggs would have included the full motivational speech that Ben’s asked to give by his boss because I probably would have LOL’edJessica This is a Ben POV and it started out REALLY rough and I love Ben BUT per usual there was going on than we could see bc Ben is a rather complex character and while the glimpse into his past was illuminating it was also highly disappointing I wanted to believe that there was no truth in the rumors surrounding his past in England Somehow despite the darkness in the this story Briggs manages to end on both a positive and lighthumorous noteHOLLOWCarmel By this point Briggs had me seriously doubting whether Mercy was even going to get her own tale—talk about saving the best for last This short felt like it could have almost been a full length installment because it followed the traditional investigative format that’s prevalent throughout the MERCY THOMPSON books Our favourite coyote is hired to shed some light on a haunting finds herself in yet another life or death situation and Adam of course is pissed I liked that Zack the pack’s newest werewolf was along for the ride and the conclusion tied in nicely to this series’ main story arc We also learn a bit about Mercy’s Walker abilities which was an unexpected plusJessica Finally a Mercy story This one felt kind of SUPERNATURAL like so when the ghost was vanuished without the reuisite salting and burning of bones I kind of felt ripped off I’M KIDDING but overall a really fun read It takes place after NIGHT BROKEN so if you aren’t current with the series there are a few spoilers And it looks like Zach the suirrel y submissive wolf might be hanging around permanently so that’s that fun too ALSO—poor Adam Mercy’s reckless ways are going to kill him snickersSILVER BORNE outtakeCarmel This is the Samuel Ariana scene that I mentioned in my above review of SILVER It was short and sweet but I thought it did a good job of rounding out this couple’s story in this anthology and it also gave them a bit of a HEA which was niceJessica And this is how Samuel and Ariana got back together swoonsNIGHT BROKEN outtakeCarmel I can’t really say much about this outtake because it’s one big spoiler for those of you who haven’t read NIGHT BROKEN yet Adam and Coyote have a bit of a tête à tête but if you’re still reeling from this series’ most recent cliff hanger you might want to check it outJessica What she saidThe table with our individual ratings for each story can be found at the bottom of the REVIEW on the blog


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    45 stars


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    MercyVerse — Author's Order MT AO novellas etc novellas in progress GN — Homecoming ★★★☆☆ MT — #1 Moon Called ★★★★☆ AO — #1 Cry Wolf AO — #2 Hunting Ground MT — #2 Blood Bound MT — #3 Iron Kissed MT — #4 Bone Crossed MT — #5 Silver Borne MT — #6 River Marked AO — #3 Fair Game MT — #7 Frost Burned AO — #4 Dead Heat MT — #8 Night Broken MT — #9 Fire Touched MT — #10 Silence Fallen AO — #5 Burn Bright I'm reading this collection in the order recommended on Patricia Briggs' website with one tiny change so I'll be slowly updating this review as I complete each story but won't mark it as read with a star rating until I've finished them all 🐺→ S I L V E R — ★★★★★I don't know if any novella has ever made my heart hurt so thoroughly I love Samuel and Bran so much and getting this insight into their lives before and how they became wolves and the things they've been through — Samuel especially to have loved and lost so much It broke my heart This was a gorgeously crafted story and it reminded me of why I love Patricia's narrative voice so much It feels so effortless and powerful→ F A I R Y GIFTS — ★★★★★I don't think I've met Thomas yet in the series I feel like I would have remembered him since I'm reading these in chronological order so this was a bit unusual for me but I was uickly sucked in and I loved the twist I can't wait to see of these characters in the regular novels because they seem absolutely delightful→ G R A Y — ★★★★★This short story takes place pretty far outside of the main series and can be read at any time so I decided to get it out of the way first It follows a character named Elyna Gray and it's been long enough since I read Moon Called that I couldn't remember if I should have recognized any of the names mentioned in the novella Either way I loved this novella It endeared me to Elyna's character so fast that I immediately decided I would happily read a series featuring her as the protagonist though if that hasn't happened yet I doubt it's going to There's something really tragic and haunting about this story that I can't explain without spoilers but really loved read 2x→ SEEING E Y E — ★★★★★Another excellent short story this time detailing how Moira and Tom came to find one another and team up These were also characters I hadn't met yet but I loved Moira from the start — a badass witch who manages to strike fear into the hearts of everyone she meets despite her disability? Yeah I'm here for that I just found this whole story so enjoyable and lovable I'm amazed by how uickly Patricia Briggs can make me fall in love with characters she writes read 2x→ ALPHA O M E G A — ★★★★☆ full novella review here This is a really short novella and flies by but I was impressed by how much world building is packed into so few pages We get a little info on the Chicago wolves and back story on the Cornick family plus we get to meet Anna who is instantly such a likable character She's been through a lot major trigger warnings here for mentions of rape and abuse but she's got a fighting spirit left in her and she really develops it uickly in these 61 pages read 2x→ THE S T A R OF D A V I D — → ROSES IN W I N T E R — → IN R E D WITH P E A R L S — → R E D E M P T I O N — → H O L L O W —


  7. says:

    Reviewed by Rabid ReadsSILVERI only just recently got caught up on Briggs’ MERCY THOMPSON series thus I’m not as familiar with the mythology surrounding the Cornick family as some readers so when Ariana showed up in SILVER BORNE I didn’t realize that her and Samuel had a history that spanned hundreds of years I really enjoyed this short because it helped to fill in a lot of the blanks in their past and was a great overview of Bran’s lineage; it helped me to better understand her deep seated fear of wolves and her connection to silver which are two elements that went completely over my head when I originally read SILVER BORNE This anthology also starts and ends with Samuel Ariana which I thought was fittingFAIRY GIFTSThis was actually one of the shorts that I enjoyed the least in this anthology so the fact that it’s listed as a ‘readers favourite’ in the blurb has me uestioning my Patricia Briggs fan girl status The author is from Butte Montana so I understand why she wanted to write a story that featured her hometown but other than the Fae bits I didn’t really understand why it earned a spot in this compilation I found the flashbacks confusing and other than Stefan I personally don’t particularly care of this author’s vampires Also I felt that the 19th century Chinese racism angle was unnecessary and didn’t add anything to this tale other than confusionGRAYA cute short that was inspired by the colour gray and Valentine’s Day; leave it to Briggs to put a dark spin on flowers and chocolate The author manages to sueeze in vampire politics love and a decent amount of action in only 34 pages I found that the tale was well rounded given its length and even though the tone is for the most part sad the ending was immensely satisfying Normally I’m not a big fan of ghost stories but this author is a pro at fleshing out characters and creating tension I rather enjoyed Peter Vanderstaat the full time cop part time contractor and his uick acceptance of Elyna’s vampirism was one of my favourite parts of GRAYSEEING EYEThis one featured two characters from HUNTING GROUND which I also have yet to read but I enjoyed learning about this author’s witches as they rarely make an appearance in her MERCY THOMPSON series excluding Elizaveta the pack witch There was a lot of wolf y goodness and sexual tension; as a whole it felt pretty complete for a short story I like that the magical rules remained consistent in this anthology and mirrored what I’ve come to expect from this author After two werewolf less tales in a row I was happy to get back to Briggs’ furry canines I look forward to seeing Moira and Tom again when I finally get around to tackling the ALPHA OMEGA booksALPHA AND OMEGAIn my opinion this was the best short in this collection mainly because I have yet to explore the world of ALPHA OMEGA so it made Briggs’ werewolves feel almost new again Latham’s first three years as a shifter were beyond horrible but her unfortunate back story helped to give Bran’s youngest son the appearance of being a knight in shining armor when he shows up in Chicago The Marrok has always been a favourite of mine so I was pleased when he made an appearance in this story The ending was as satisfying as it was violent and I liked the twist because it wasn’t at all what I was expecting Again I really need to read the ALPHA OMEGA series nowTHE STAR OF DAVIDThis was the second holiday themed tale in this anthology and it had a pretty big impact for being so brief It was a touching story that revolved around family and forgiveness; the author managed to pack in a surprising amount of paranormal elements in only 34 pages with werewolves vampires and wizards all making appearances I don’t recall the latter ever showing up in her MERCY THOMPSON novels so that was a definite bonus I also liked how THE STAR OF DAVID tied in to MOON CALLED by revisiting one of the original characters that made his debut alongside Adam The conclusion was absolutely perfect and a brilliant embodiment of the Christmas spiritROSES IN WINTERIf I were to rank all of these stories from best to worst ROSES IN WINTER would be a close second behind ALPHA AND OMEGA I’ve always had a soft spot for the Marrok and the Moor and both of these characters play significant roles in this short which was a real treat for this werewolf fanatic Kara the ten year old now thirteen from BLOOD BOUND is at the forefront of this tale and I’ve always wondered what happened to her so I really enjoyed reading the continuation of her journey To my delight there was a great deal of pack politics in this tale and I loved how Asil and Devon two of the oldest wolves both came up to bat for the youngin’ The ending with the rose and the guitar brought tears to my eyes because it was just so beautifully executedIN RED WITH PEARLSNo paranormal anthology would be complete without zombies in my opinion and IN RED WITH PEARLS was a fun short about stupid neighbours and improbable crushes told from Warren’s POV—everyone’s favourite gay werewolf Briggs’ witches made another appearance in this one and it even explained why Nadia Elizaveta’s niece mysteriously takes a trip to ‘France’ in the MERCY THOMPSON series which I thought was a nice little bonus The twist was rather wonderful because I didn’t see it coming AT ALL and something pretty major happens between Warren and Kyle that made me love them even I totally want a full length book about these two now because 44 pages just wasn’t enoughREDEMPTIONREDEMPTION was the funniest story in SHIFTING SHADOWS because Ben and Adam make a no swearing bet which lead to some rather creative vocabulary from the pack’s underdog That paired with all of the geeky references brought on by Shaw’s job as a DBA Database Administrator kept me smiling from ear to ear Ben’s known for his issues with women so he was as shocked as I was when he finds himself sticking up for Melinda his department’s secretary Adam and Mercy also made a cameo appearance in this short FINALLY; I only wish that Briggs would have included the full motivational speech that Ben’s asked to give by his boss because I probably would have LOL’edHOLLOWBy this point Briggs had me seriously doubting whether Mercy was even going to get her own tale—talk about saving the best for last This short felt like it could have almost been a full length installment because it followed the traditional investigative format that’s prevalent throughout the MERCY THOMPSON books Our favourite coyote is hired to shed some light on a haunting finds herself in yet another life or death situation and Adam of course is pissed I liked that Zack the pack’s newest werewolf was along for the ride and the conclusion tied in nicely to this series’ main story arc We also learn a bit about Mercy’s Walker abilities which was an unexpected plusSILVER BORNE outtakeThis is the Samuel Ariana scene that I mentioned in my above review of SILVER It was short and sweet but I thought it did a good job of rounding out this couple’s story in this anthology and it also gave them a bit of a HEA which was niceNIGHT BROKEN outtakeI can’t really say much about this outtake because it’s one big spoiler for those of you who haven’t read NIGHT BROKEN yet Adam and Coyote have a bit of a tête à tête but if you’re still reeling from this series’ most recent cliff hanger you might want to check it out


  8. says:

    45 Stars overall for best collection of short stories ever Not a dud present in this entire book Fairy Gifts shines the brightest It's also a terrific introduction to new Patricia Briggs readers There's also a Mercy story for fans craving something new after the last release Night Broken In addition the outtakes from Night Broken Adam's POV and Silver Borne Ariana Samuel were the 'cherries on top' of this delicious collection Silver 4 StarsThis story can stand alone For Samuel Arianna's happy ending you must read Silver Borne She contemplated another True Name she had not let escape Samuel Silverheart She was named for the metal Ariana and silver were not always the same But she feared that the name meant what it sounded like; she could not love a wolf Silver does not have a happy ending It is not as sad as I thought it would be; it ends on a hopeful not Silver is a little bit of an origin story for Bran and Samuel and a star crossed love story If you have not read the series you need to know that Samuel thought Mercy a coyote shapeshifter and heroine of the Mercy Thompson series was the key to his happiness Mercy's appeal is personality and her ability to have children which Samuel craves but female werewolves can't bear Through many books he meddles in Mercy's life Then Poof His happiness conveniently arrives in Silver Borne Finally Ariana and Samuel's history and relationship is explained It's fitting and not as tragic as I thought it would be Silver is about meeting the right person at the wrong time You also get to see Bran as a human and what he was capable of before he became the MarrokNotes to self I may need to purchase this book for my Keeper shelf Also my library loan ends soonFairy Gifts 5 Stars This story can stand alone and works independent of Mercy Thompson and Alpha Omega It is set in the same world Please help me?What would you do for me in return? My favorite short story so far I still need to read Gray and Hollow Thomas Hao lost his humanity through no choice of his own He's a vampire a monster In the Mercy Thompson series there is one vampire who strives to be honorable Thomas demonstrates that vampires have a conscience and capable of acting with honor Vampire said the fae woman What do you wish most? I can grant you that Freedom he thought If only the freedom to die Thomas' past is just as compelling to read as his present and it all ties in so well His encounter with the young Fae and how everything comes full circle was brilliant Yes vampires are monsters but they are not inherently evil I hope Patty Briggs writes stories about vampiresand witchesand the high fae who are not as bad as the Gray LordsGray 4 45 stars A stand alone short story involving a 'good' vampire Perfect for Patricia Briggs newbies I killed the monster who made me and then I ran home Elyna Gray once basked in her husband's love It ended too soon when she was kidnapped and turned into a vampire Vengeance was finally hers Decades later she returns home to an empty condo rud to be haunted If she is caught by the local seethe it will not end well for Elyna Yet perhaps home is the perfect place to die Perhaps a tiny hope exists that she can be reunited with her beloved Jack This is a very touching story Elyna is wrapped in feelings of guilt and loneliness She once had it all and lost it tragically We learn not all vampires are twisted but they are monsters which Briggs reminds us Yet werewolves and witches have shades of gray in the Mercy Thompson world Gray has tear jerker moments Elyna's heartache feels nearly tangible The ending is bittersweet but not depressing Seeing Eye 4 StarsThis story can stand alone The characters reappear in Hunting GroundAlpha Omega book 2 which shows the hh do have a HEA Alpha and Omega 4 stars The hope that she wasn't actually talking to the Marrok helped steady her Even Leo was afraid of the Marrok She didn't bother to answer his uestion he already knew the answer I called to talk to the Marrok but maybe you could help meThere was a pause then Bran said a little regretfully I am the Marrok child This short story is the beginning in the Alpha Omega series which features Charles and Anna in each book I made the mistake of starting with Cry Wolf and felt dropped into the book too soon; although it was immerse myself into once I felt oriented In Alpha Omega Anna is within an abusive pack She doesn't reach out to the Marrok to save herself but out of concern for another Bran sends Charles to investigate and leads into the misdeeds of one dysfunctional pack Anna and Charles' beginning isn't pretty but it has a sweet undertone I especially liked Anna's inner strength and ability to stand up to Bran's pet killer Why the rolling pin and not a knife? he asked his voice raspy with the need for actionShe looked at him for the first time since she'd seen his face on the stairs A knife wouldn't even slow him down but bones take time to healHe like that Who'd have thought he'd get turned on by a woman with a rolling pin? Please note I am biased about this short story having a deep love of the Alpha Omega series After this short don't forget to read Cry Wolf bookHunting Ground|5292853 Fair Game and the upcoming novel Dead HeatThe Star of David 4 stars This story should have been titled Redemption in my opinion It's the story of a man changed into a werewolf who returned ignorant to his family with devastating conseuences It's several decades later The daughter he once horrified needs him Forget redemption The Forgiven works better in my head Roses in Winter 4 Stars Hello hello she said How is my favorite evil monster who wants to die? This story revolves around a thirteen year old girl Kara turned into a werewolf and the reasons for certain werewolf laws Asil a recurring character point of view dominates Roses in Winter There is hope for him yet along with hints of a possible HEARedemption 4 StarsThis story contains spoilers in the Mercy Thompson series best read after Frost Burned Ben had hung a whiteboard on the outside of the cubicle wall next to the entrance of his lair On it he had written I know you are here Wait silently and I'll get to you as soon as I am able If you speak before then you will not find me helpful On the floor just inside his cubicle was a mat with a pair of black footprints and Wait here painted on it Even though it's obvious what Ben's damage is we finally given his backstory He's a foul mouthed Brit with obvious severe anger issues but his care of Mercy after one traumatic episode showed his character could be redeemed In this short story we see Ben take another step out of his darkness While his backstory is not pretty sensitive readers may not feel so sympathetic Ben's story is surprisingly funny Who knew he was an IT nerd? Hollow 4 stars Must be read after Night BrokenMercy uses her Coyote ghost busting skills with a little help from friends She also tackles the mystery with bravery Mercy can't say no to those in need and humor She limps on to save the day This library loan was worth the wait Ben shines He rallies His character moves forward Office cubicles wolf hearing an obnoxious IT company guy Ben and company politics are too good for any UF reader to pass I hope we see of Ben in future Mercy Thompson books


  9. says:

    I couldn't pass up a whole book of short stories from the Mercy Thompson series I love most of the characters and even though I had read some of them I didn't mind reading them again The only problem I had was since I am current with the series some of the time frames were a little fuzzy Silver 4 ★'s This is a new story about how Bran and Samuel became werewolves and what they went through It was interesting to get some of their family history I was also happy to find out how Samuel and Ariana met I'm not totally sold on their relationship but I think it helped me understand their connection a bit and why Samuel was so into her Favorite uotes ♥ “You I love” he said his voice a sweet rush that caused her heart to stumble♥ “I will carry you in my heart until it beats no ” Fairy Gifts 4 ★'s This is in the anthology Naked City which I hadn't read It's about a vampire named Thomas who comes across an imprisoned fae named Maggie I felt the story could've been developed a bit but I enjoyed the connection between Thomas and Maggie and how they helped each other out Gray 4 ★'s This is in the anthology Home Improvement Undead Edition which I had read before and enjoyed reading againWe get to meet Elyna Gray who's a vampire trying to come to terms with her prior human life and someone she left behind I loved the bittersweet love story Favorite uote ♥ Evil has no power over love Seeing Eye 45 ★'s This story is in the anthology Strange Brewanother one I hadn't read but really enjoyed Tom is a werewolf and his brother is missing thought to have been taken by a coven of witches He's given the name of a powerful witch Moira and he goes to see if she can help We actually met these two in Hunting Ground so it was particularly wonderful seeing how they got together I love that they both have scars and that they both don't care Even better was their connection and sense of family Great story Favorite uote ♥ So I'm your Seeing Eye wolf? Alpha and Omega 4 ★'s Anna and Charles first meet in this anthology On the Prowl which I had read before It was better reading it a second time because I now know so much about them I had forgotten how intense Charles was But I LOVE how protective he is of Anna And you always learn so much about this world whenever Charles or Bran is in the story Favorite uotes ♥ “If you had let me” he said “I’d have courted you gently and won your heart”♥ I promise you will enjoy sex with me The Star of David 4 ★'s A story that is included in the anthology Wolfsbane and Mistletoe We get to know David who fought in Vietnam with Adam It didn't grab me at first but as we get to know about David's family life I really enjoyed itespecially the ending Favorite uote ♥ Merry Christmas Papa she said I hope you like turkey Roses in Winter 45 ★'s Another new story this time with one of my favorite werewolves Asil Asil is a very old werewolf and feels that he is on the brink of madness and dying He has left his pack of which he was Alpha to live in Bran's pack hoping that Bran will be able to keep him from hurting anyone or kill him if necessary Because of that it was especially fitting to see this softer side of Asil I loved his connection with Kara Devon and Sage I would love for there to be story with him and Sage Favorite uotes ♥ Asil said Sage clearly needs to get over himself♥ “Belief” said Devon “is the most powerful magic of all” In Red with Pearls 4 ★'s I had read this short in the anthology Down These Strange Streets but it was definitely worth reading again If you've read the Mercy series you definitely know Warren and Kyle Warren is a werewolf in Adam's pack and Kyle is his human partner They've had a rough patch working out the kinks in their relationship but it was great seeing them work so well together And they definitely needed to work together in this story dealing with a crazy neighbor and a zombie that's sent to Kyle's work to kill him Favorite uote ♥ Forbidden fruit is the sweetest Warren my darling Redemption 45 ★'s BEN I was thrilled to get a new story about Ben He's the British bad boy werewolf in Adam's pack He's become a much vital part of the pack as the series evolves and I loved seeing a different side of him The cussing the scotch and the speech were priceless You don't want to miss this one Favorite uote ♥ “You know I’m married” He raised his eyebrow “I would have propositioned you but I have a harem at home and you just wouldn’t fit in” Hollow 4 ★'s And lastly a new short story about Mercy thank goodness Unfortunately Mercy has to deal with some crazy ghosts and not just Adam But don't worry Adam does what Adam does best swoon Favorite uote ♥ “With interest” I demanded He pursed his lips and said “Of course That makes sense Charging my wife interest What a smart idea”There are also two outtakes from previous books One from Silver Borne and it's from Ariana's POV I was happy it was included because it smoothes out how Samuel and Ariana got back together something that was lacking Favorite uote ♥ “You don’t know me” she said roughly her throat closed at the thought that he might have been gone “No” he said with simple honesty “And yet I have loved you forever”The second outtake is from Night Broken and is from Adam's POV Yay It's always wonderful getting anything from Adam's POV but this was especially touching I just love Adam and Mercy Throw in Coyote and the walking stick and it was even better Favorite uotes ♥ “Mercy is a smart cookie” Coyote told him “Except when she is not She acts from her heart and that leads her to danger She needs a brave man to run with her Are you such a man Adam Hauptman?”♥ Look at what showed up late to the party I really have a lovehate relationship with anthologies Mostly they're too short and they're about characters I don't really like or just don't care for And most of the time I don't even find out about them So it's really nice to get them all in one book and with some new material as well If you enjoy this series I would definitely recommend it


  10. says:

    1st Read August 20142nd Read February 20163rd Read February 2017Buddy read with AngeI'm a huge fan of Patricia Briggs her Mercy Thompson series is one of my favourites and I just adore the world she has created One of the best things about these books is the amazing characters not just the main characters like Mercy and Adam or Charles and Anna in the Alpha Omega books but also all of the secondary characters like Bran Samuel Warren Ben Asil and many many The scope of this world is literally huge and after 8 full length novels starring Mercy and another 3 in the spin off series I feel like all of these characters are part of my family I love them all dearly but there were so many characters I am desperate to see ofPatricia Briggs has already published short stories and novellas set in this world but they've always been part of multi author anthologies and I have to admit I've not wanted to spend the money buying the books when I was only interested in the PB stories Shifting Shadows finally places all six previously published stories in one handy book along with 4 completely brand new ones The stories have been printed in series order so it is very easy to see where they fit in the timeline with the other books and they all have an introductory note from Patricia Briggs telling us what inspired her to write them and giving us other insights into the characters involved For someone who has only read 2 of these stories previously this book is absolutely wonderful but even if you've already read them all it is worth buying this book for the new stories alone I'm going to give a brief overview of each of the stories in the anthology so you'll have to forgive me if this review ends up being uite a long one but I'm hoping you'll find the information useful1 Silver This is one of the new stories and is set hundreds of years before the start of the series It features Bran Samuel and Ariana and is uite a bitter sweet story one that is full of pain and suffering but that is bearable because I've seen how things turn out in the later books in the series We already know about Bran and Samuel's capture by the witch that was Bran's mother but here we get to see first hand exactly what they both went through when they were turned into werewolves and basically forced into slavery We also get to see Samuel and Ariana's first meeting and watch them fall in love but if you're up to date with the series you'll know that things don't end well for them at this point Their story continues in Silver Borne but I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how things started for them even if it did break my heart and bring tears to my eyes than once2 Fairy Gifts Previously included in the Naked City anthology this story occurs before Moon Called and features introduces us to the vampire Thomas who Mercy first meets in Frost Burned This story is set in Butte Montana and starts in 1892 when the town had a busy copper mine Thomas and his family are immigrants who are operating on the wrong side of the law and Thomas is turned into a vampire against his will He struggles to deal with what happened to him but finds redemption in a very unlikely place I enjoyed this story but I have to admit I'd completely forgotten who Thomas was so I never really felt fully connected to him or as invested in his story as I did with the rest of the characters in the anthology3 Gray Previously published in the Home Improvement Undead Edition anthology this story also takes place before Moon Called and it introduces us to characters that so far haven't appeared in the rest of the series Elyna was kidnapped by vampires and turned by accident 80 years ago leading to a terrible tragedy Now she has returned to her home and is looking to make up for the sins of her past This was another bitter sweet story one that left me feeling than a little heart broken for Elyna and her husband but that did have a kind of happy ending4 Seeing Eye Published in the Strange Brew anthology this story is also set before Moon Called If you've read Hunting Ground you'll probably remember the werewolf Tom and his witch mate Moira I loved the couple previously so I was very excited to get to see their first meeting and watch Tom put his prejudice towards witches to one side to work with Moira to rescue his brother Patricia Briggs mentioned in her introduction that she's planning to write about these two in the future which is something I'm really happy about we haven't seen many good witches in the series yet so I definitely think there is a lot of scope for Moira's character5 Alpha and Omega This story was previously included in the On The Prowl anthology and also published as a stand alone ebook The events run alongside those in Moon Called so I would recommend reading that novel first so you don't give yourself spoilers This novella is the introduction to the Alpha and Omega series and is one of the only stories from the anthology that I'd already read I love Anna and Charles so much and this is a brilliant start to their series If you haven't read their books yet I'd highly recommend reading this novella before you start Cry Wolf because it gives you so much information on Anna's background and her first meeting with Charles6 The Star of David This short story was first published in the Wolfsbane and Mistletoe anthology and it features Adam's army buddy David who we met in the Mercy series I'm sorry but I can't remember which book he first appears in Events in this story happen towards the end of Moon Called but don't really have any bearing on the series so can really be read at any point This is a nice little Christmas read about finding forgiveness for your sins David went through a lot when he was changed and it was nice to see him find some kind of peace through his family It also introduces a young wizard called Devonte who I really hope we might see again in the future when he's grown up and fully come into his powers7 Roses in Winter This is a new story that fits into the time line between Bone Crossed and Silver Borne It is told from Asil's point of view which I LOVED and features Kara the young werewolf whose father approached Mercy looking for help in Blood Bound I've often wondered what happened to Kara after she was sent to live with the Marrok so it was great to see how she was getting on but I was most excited to get to know Asil a bit better I find his character absolutely fascinating and I really hope he gets his own book or that we at least get to see him find a HEA at some point in the future This story also features uite a few interactions between Asil and Bran which is always a nice bonus and this was definitely one of my favourite stories in the anthology8 In Red with Pearls Previously published in Down These Strange Streets this story fits into the timeline between Silver Borne and River Marked and is told from Warren's point of view I have loved Warren and Kyle since the beginning so it was fantastic to see a story starring them both they are such an adorable couple and I would love to read a full length novel about them This is a fun supernatural mystery that shows Warren in his new role as a private investigator for Kyle's legal firm9 Redemption This new story is set between Frost Burned and Night Broken and is told from Ben's point of view I wasn't too sure what to make of Ben in the beginning but the way he acted towards Mercy after she was attacked made me fall head over heels for him and I've been desperate to know about his background ever since This story shows us Ben at his grumpiest but it also shows us how far he has come since the beginning of the series We get of an insight into what happened to him before he left London and we also see him finally starting to heal from those events and letting people get close to him again He still has a long way to go but that just makes his recovery all the realistic and I can't wait to see him continue to grow10 Hollow The final story is another new one and it takes place after Night Broken You can't have a Mercy Thompson anthology without a story told from Mercy's POV and this is a perfect way to end the book This story is classic Mercy and it shows her once again putting herself in danger to protect virtual strangers I'm not going to say too much about what happens but I will say that she's going to turn poor Adam's hair gray if she decides to take up ghost hunting full time I love the interactions between her and Adam in this one he is so supportive of her even when he wishes she would just walk away rather than put herself in danger He knows that he'll never change her though and he accepts that and chooses to walk alongside herBonus Outtakes It was a happy surprise to discover that the anthology also includes two bonus outtakes The first is set during Silver Borne between chapters 14 15 but told from Ariana's point of view After reading about Ariana and Samuel's first meeting at the beginning of the book in Silver it was really nice to be reminded how much things have changed for them by the time we reach Silver Borne this snippet brought tears to my eyes but it also left me with a smile on my face Finally to end things we have a final outtake from the end of Night Broken told from Adam's point of view This was only a short chapter but I absolutely loved it We get to see exactly how much Mercy means to Adam and he always makes my heart melt I don't think I'll ever get enough of reading his POV so this was a fantastic little snippetAs you can tell Shifting Shadows is a fabulous anthology that gives us extra insight into some of the most popular characters in the Mercy series I enjoyed every minute of this book and it left me desperate to start rereading the whole series again from the beginning If you're a fan of this series then this anthology is a must read