Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson
Published: September 2nd 2014
Publisher: Ace Hardcover
Lenght: 464 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger…A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends…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”
Shifting Shadows is a collection of short stories and novellas from the world of Mercy Thompson. Most of these stories (like Alpha & Omega, the Charles & Anna prequel) were previously published, but the four new ones (Silver, Roses in Winter, Redemption and Hollow) are motivation enough for running to your nearest bookstore on Semptember 2nd.
But even without those four new adventures, owning all these stories about Mercy and her friends in one gorgeous hardcover edition is certainly worth its price. Patty Briggs and her publisher know what they’re doing, and after eight full-length novels, the timing for this collection was absolutely perfect.
The stories are sorted chronologically, starting with Silver, Samuel and Ariana’s story that takes place many centuries before Mercy’s original timeline and ending with Hollow, a story from Mercy’s perspective that happens after the ending of Night Broken. Each story is prefaced by a brief author’s note that explains Patty's reasons for writing it and its place on the overall timeline. Patty also shared her feelings about certain characters and situations, which was an added bonus.
Some of my favorite characters from this world were finally given a chance to shine like the stars they are. Aside from Mercy’s story, which I obviously adored, my favorite was Warren and Kyle’s zombie adventure, and Asil’s story, which gives us great insight into his enchanting personality. I was always fascinated by the Moor, and while I suspected that he might have a softer side, seeing it firsthand was practically priceless.
To make the long story short, Shifting Shadows is an absolute must-have for Mercy’s fans, and at least some of these stories can be a perfect introduction for those unfamiliar with this world. For stories that are slightly spoiler-ish, Patty gives a fair warning in advance so there’s really no risk of reading something you shouldn’t. I’d highly recommend Alpha & Omega and perhaps even Roses in Winter for the newbies. Those two stories should tell you all you need to know about Mercy’s world and Patty’s writing.
A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.