New Release & Review: Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs

by | September 3, 2014

Sometime between when I posted about Night Broken by Patricia Briggs, I’ve somehow become  a fairly hardcore Mercy fan. So, when I found out Shifting Shadows was coming out, I preordered it. For the review, scroll to the bottom.

Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs released on September 2, 2014 by the Penguin Group.

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,” and “In Red, with Pearls.”

The Lady Scribe’s Thoughts & Book Review: I never was much of a fan of short stories; novels appeal to me more. “Alpha and Omega” is about as short as I like to go, although over the years, I have gotten more tolerant of short stories–especially when they are short stories of characters I know and love.

Which is why I picked up Shifting Shadows. Charles, Anna, Mercy, Adam, and Bran are my favorites of the world, and this collection had healthy doses of all of them. Some of the stories were old favorites–especially “Alpha and Omega”–but some of them became new favorites. That said, I found errors in the book, including capped letters in… creative places. That annoyed me. While the number of errors I found was beneath my usual threshold, I expected better from a Patricia Briggs novel.

Some of the stories–and cut scenes from novels–are pretty short. I’m not going to spoil them for you. However, I will say this much: If you enjoy short stories, you’ll probably like this collection. If you aren’t a fan of short stories, like me, you may not be as thrilled with it as you were hoping. I enjoyed a lot of the stories, but I just didn’t get the same feel for depth as I do from other Patricia Briggs works. Novels are her forte, and while I enjoyed the collection, I’m neutral on whether or not I’d pick up a second collection.

P.S.: My favorites are all at the end… so if you do get it, stick with it, especially if you love Mercy, Adam, and Coyote.

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