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3.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Side of the Moon (3.5 stars), 6 Aug 2009
This review is from: Moon Called: Mercy Thompson book 1 (Paperback)
Mercedes Thompson is a mechanic and runs a garage in the Tri-Cities. She also delights in annoying Adam the local Alpha werewolf and spends her spare time karate training and tinkering with a VW bus that just so happens to belong to her vampire buddy.

Mercy is a shapeshifter, more specifically a coyote. As such, she's tolerated by the wolves but definitely low down the packs pecking order. As long as she keeps her eyes down and remembers her place, the pack will leave her in peace. In Mercy's world the fae have come out to humans because of advances in technology meaning they cannot afford to hide any longer. Thus the Gray Lords (the enigmatic leaders of the fae) decided it was time to come out to the humans -- however, werewolves and vampires' remain hidden in shadow fearing what would happen if their existence was discovered. Amidst this fear is much debate as to whether any species should come out... after all nothing stays hidden forever.

Unfortunately for Mercy things soon go down hill when a young man walks into her garage. This young man is a runaway and just so happens to be a (lone) werewolf. From here the trouble starts... because death, mayhem, vampire and werewolf hierarchy are hot on Mercy and this young mans tails. Trouble seems to follow Mercy around as she ends up embroiled in things she deems way out of her depth.

I did enjoy this book, but I also found it a struggle in places. The world building was excellent, and I loved the idea of the fae and the Gray Lords coming out to the humans before any other supernatural creature. I also liked the way Briggs handled the vampires and their society -- they have been done to death but I enjoyed the vampire bits the most. Which is odd because they don't interest me as a general rule, heh! Stefan was a fun character, he wasn't written as a typical vampire. He was slightly geeky and intelligent and just a quirky, old vampire. What endeared him to me was him having the mystery machine as his van, and his dilemma as to whether he should paint it black like the van in Buffy.

Mercy was lovely. But I felt it was hard to connect with her personality here -- she seemed more a device to deliver a great deal of exposition about other people rather than a strong character-voice in her own right. However, having started the next book I know that her voice gets much stronger and I adore her now; I feel like I know what she's like better in the second book. I also found the humour lacking in this book is much more apparent in the next one!

The plot was a little patchy. I liked parts of it but in general is wasn't that compelling. I loved all the character stuff and found Mercy's history with Samuel, Adam and Bran very interesting. Overall, a good novel and a series that I know improves to five star quality! Blood Bound is fantastic so far. Highly recommended.
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