I usually don’t like short stories. I tend to feel that many of the short stories I read are more teasers for the real series and thus lacking substance to reel the reader fully in.
Patricia Briggs’ short stories do not fall into this category.
Now that said, I would not recommend this anthology for newcomers to Briggs’ Mercy series. Part of the magic of this anthology is Briggs’ sensational ability to create compelling stories that fill in much of the eagerly anticipated backstories of many of the secondary characters.
My personal favorite of these stories was Silver which illuminated much of Samuel, Bran, and Arianas’ backstories, thus finishing the story that began in Silver Borne. Readers finally are able to get a taste of Samuel and Bran’s turning, the torture inflicted upon them while they were under the control of Bran’s mother, and the love born between Samuel and Ariana. On top of that, Silver is more of a novella than a short story, spanning 70 pages, thus allowing Briggs is really able to get to the meat of the story. Personally I’d recommend this anthology based solely on this story alone.
Of course there’s more than just this story, some of my other favorites included In Red, with Pearls, which is told from Warren’s POV, Redemption, which illuminates Ben’s backstory and is told from his POV, and Hollow, which is a Mercy POV story that takes place AFTER Night Broken, so fans of the series that are already in Mercy withdrawal can get a fix with some events that take place after the most recent book in the series, Night Broken.
This anthology includes new stories:
Roses in Winter
Previously released stories:
Alpha and Omega
The Star of David
In, Red, with Pearls
And some extra chapters from Night Broken and Silver Bourne.
All in all, I highly recommend this anthology for fans of the Mercy series. Many of the stories are closer to novellas than short stories, and if you haven’t read Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series, then this is the perfect opportunity as the novella that started the series is included in the selection of previously released material included in this book. Great buy.
Published: September 2, 2014
Link to Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Shifting-Shadows-Stories-World-Thompson-ebook/dp/B00IOE4M9O/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409343344&sr=1-1&keywords=patricia+briggs