ARC Review: Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs

Posted September 2, 2014 by Annie in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review: Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs
Shifting Shadows
by Patricia Briggs

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: Sept 2, 2014
Series: Mercy Thompson
Published by Ace Hardcover
Pages: 464
Format: eARC
 

 

“Patricia Briggs has a vast imagination and in these short stories, she gives readers glimpses of what happens outside of Mercy’s immediate world. You quickly discover that there is way more to the world than we could have ever expected.” ~ Under the Covers

Fans of Patricia Briggs will definitely want to get their hands on this compilation of short stories set loosely in the Mercy Thompson world. While some are new titles such as “Silver”, “Roses in Winter”, “Redemption” and “Hollow”, there are old classics such as “Fairy Gifts”, “Gray”, “Alpha and Omega”, “Seeing Eye”, “The Star of David”, and “In Red, with Pearls”.

In this review, I’ll go into more details about my favourite stories in this anthology. The book kicks off with “Silver”, the story of Sam and Ariana. This was one of the stories I was most looking forward to reading. Going in, I knew it would be a sad story, yet as I was reading it, I never realized just how sad Sam’s story really is. Nevertheless, I am glad Briggs told this heartbreaking story because it definitely makes me appreciate Sam in a different light.

Another one I really enjoyed was “Seeing Eye” featuring Tom and Moira and is one of the older stories. The reason why I loved this one so much was because this one had a little bit of a romantic element in it. I thought the connection between Tom as Moira’s “familiar” was interesting to witness and made for an interesting story.

“Alpha and Omega” is Charles and Anna’s story. This story is probably one of the most well-known of the bunch as it was the reason why the Alpha and Omega series was born from. Quite lengthy but engaging, I still think this one is a favourite of all the stories.

All of the older, previously-released stories were different anthologies written throughout Briggs’ career, so if you’re a mega fan and want to have them all in a set, this is a great way to have them. For readers like me who have read only a few of the older titles and was interesting in read them all, plus the new ones, then this anthology is definitely worth the price. I think Patricia Briggs has a vast imagination and in these short stories, she gives readers glimpses of what happens outside of Mercy’s immediate world. You quickly discover that there is way more to the world than we could have ever expected.

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About Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

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Thanks for the great review Annie

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I was thrilled when I discovered that she was putting all the short stories in one place and adding the new ones. Glad it was good stuff, Annie!

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I love when authors put out anthologies especially from a series I adore as much as this!

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This was great. I loved all the stories, but Asil’s was my favorite.