When her mate’s ex-wife storms back into their lives, Mercy knows something isn’t right. Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions—she wants Adam back, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning the pack against Mercy.
Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. As the bodies start piling up, she must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.
“No, really,” I said. “Now that we know that Flores is really this nasty, fiery, superpowerful nothing-can-kill-me demon from hell, maybe we should consider just giving Christy to him?”
The first time I read Night Broken, when it first came out, I was unimpressed. This time I have a new appreciation for it. I really liked this one. Pretty much everything I disliked the first time around, I loved this time. Night Broken added some flair to the series that hasn’t been added in a while. Definitely was worth the reread.
Adam’s ex-wife, Christy, is annoying and manipulative. But she cannot manipulated Mercy, though she can manipulate others against Mercy. I found it annoying to deal with the first time, but this time I realized just how well Mercy deals with Christy. She manages Christy’s manipulations with ease and grace, despite every instinct telling her to deal with it more aggressively. I very much less like the way the pack members handle Christy in regards to Mercy. It is really getting on my nerves. The unruly pack members have been annoying me for a while, but this is book eight! Deal with it already!
There is also another plot that has been stirring up in the background and the spinoff, Alpha and Omega, for a while now. The fae are asking Mercy for the walking stick back, the one she gave to Coyote. The one she irrevocably changed. This secondary plot, which actually gets almost as much time as the plot where Christy is being harrassed, leads to some amazing new introductions to the series. And a hint for what is to come with Mercy later on. Plus the fae who is asking for the stick leads to some amazing revelations, too.
The mythology behind Christy’s stalker is certainly interesting. It is definitely something that you don’t see often in urban fantasy. Which means I instantly love it more than I do just the standard stuff I see every day. Sometimes, you just really need something new. And this brought something new into the series, something that is going to hang around for a while. And I really, really appreciate it.
I’m glad I reread Night Broken and didn’t skip it. It gave me a new perspective on the book with some distance from the release. A better perspective, even.
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