Faithful readers or people who know me personally will already know how much I adore this entire series. I will try to restrain myself from squealing with giddiness over Briggs’ newest offering. The way I did when it showed up in the mail. It’s gonna be tough though! Silence Fallen might be the best book in the series to date. It’s got all the usual goodnesses Briggs stuffs her books with; sassy comebacks, a great heroine, fist fights, danger, evil monsters, and clever ruses. Mercy has been kidnapped by a group of vampires and spirited away. She manages to escape. But winds up stranded in an unfamiliar city with no money or clothes. Meanwhile Adam, her husband and the leader of the werewolf pack, gathers allies and travels to negotiate with Mercy’s kidnappers. Neither he nor Mercy know who this group is or what they want. Or why they’ve chosen Mercy as their hostage. And there’s another change: Briggs has structured her story differently. Rather than following a strictly chronological layout, she switches between Mercy’s viewpoint and that of Adam’s, swinging through past and present in the timeline of the novel. Readers already accustomed to books that play with timelines in this way will have no trouble following it. For those to whom this is new territory, Briggs has prefaced each chapter with a tiny blurb from Mercy explaining where in her timeline this portion falls. It’s very easy to follow, so if you don’t typically read books that do this, don’t let it scare you off. This technique is new to Briggs as well, so she puts effort in to making sure it’s as straightforward as possible. I’m hoping to see more of it in her next books and to see her expand her repertoire. It’s always exciting when an author you love tries something new! But as long as she keeps writing, I’m happy.
***I’m not sure why I left this out when writing the review originally, but Silence Fallen does have some content warnings. There’s Mercy’s kidnapping, martial arts battles with guns, knives, and descriptive blood shed, a few violent sequences involving vampires, a car crash, and a couple violent deaths. Please exercise caution if you are sensitive to violence!