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Wanda's Book Reviews

I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles.  (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).

Currently reading

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Ann J. Lane
Wizard and Glass
Stephen King, Dave McKean
River of Blue Fire
Tad Williams
Richard Ford
Progress: 36/420 pages

Silver Borne / Patricia Briggs

Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs

Being a mechanic is hard work. Mercy Thompson, for instance, just spent the last couple of months trying to evade the murderous queen of the local vampire seethe. And now the leader of the werewolf pack, who's maybe-more-than-just-a-friend, has asked for her help. A book of fae secrets has come to light and they're all about to find out how implacable - and dangerous - the fae can be.

OK, so maybe her troubles have nothing to do with the job. But she sure could use a holiday...


A 3.5 star read, but I still read it in one day and was reluctant to put it down. Despite this volume’s being named for a Fae artifact, the Silver Borne, this object does not play much a role in the plot. This book could have been fantastically Fae, but disappointed me with their lack of strength. After Bone Crossed in which the deadliness (haha) of the vampire community is explored, this installment makes the Fae look pretty wishy-washy by comparison.

Once again, the female werewolves are hostile to Mercy, envying her position, rather than being her friends and allies. I’m getting very tired of that theme of female competitiveness instead of friendship. Of course women can be competitive, as can men. But we are just as likely to bond as friends, especially since we are forced into each other’s company for any length of time. Why can’t Mercy have some female friends?

Plus, the werewolf men are so bossy and possessive. What woman in her right mind would put up with that shit? Let them go boss each other and leave to find someone more agreeable, that would be my strategy. Obviously, Briggs and I have much different visions of what’s sexy.

Despite my bitching, there is no doubt that I will read the next installment.