I have a mini review for you today! A mini review is my short and sweet analysis of a book. You'll know in 350-ish words or less if this is a book I recommend.
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Format: MP3 Audio
Pages: 450 (Hardcover) / Audio Length: Approx 14 hours
Narrators: Alexander Cendese, Lorelei King
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Date: December 3, 2014
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: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”
I usually skip the short stories in series, but when I saw all of them together I thought that why not, I can knock them all out at once. I appreciated not only that each story has a preface from the Patricia Briggs giving very brief explanation of how it came to be, but the stories were in chronological order. Those two things really put the short stories into perspective and I could see where each story fell in the scheme of things.
I've been listening to both the Alpha & Omega series and the Mercy Thompson series on audio, so I decided to continue on in that medium. I'm glad that I did. As always, I liked the narrators that were selected in this series. Lorelei King always does well in all the Mercy Thompson audiobooks, Alexander Cendese is new to me, but I enjoyed his parts as well.
While I enjoyed the stories overall, I did feel that certain ones seemed to drag on a tad. This is funny to me because I usually notice and praise the fact that Briggs is able to tell a tight story without extra fluff, but two or three of these seemed a little longer than they needed to be.
If you're a fan of the Mercy Thompson books and you haven't yet read any of the short stories, this is a great way to fill in the gaps. I recommend that you pick this book up before the next Mercy book is published. If you have already read all of the previous short stories, I'm not sure the price of this book is worth only reading the four new stories.