Moon Called: Mercy Thompson book 1 Paperback – 2 Jun 2011
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The best new urban fantasy series I've read in years (Kelley Armstrong)
Plenty of twists and turns . . . Kept me entertained from its deceptively innocent beginning to its can't-put-it-down end (Kim Harrison, bestselling author of Dead Witch Walking)
Terrific! (Jennifer Rardin)
I enjoyed every minute of it. I love Mercy and can't wait for her to kick some more ass (Lilith Saintcrow)
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Mercy Thompson is a car mechanic who has a secret - she's a Walker, which means she inherited the ability from her native American father to turn into a coyote. This is unusual, but her neighbours and friends are even more unusual. Stefan is a customer in her repair shop - and he's a vampire. Her next door neighbour is a werewolf. She knows a Russian Witch and also a number of other fae people. The fae have come out into open society but the werewolves, vampires and some others are keeping quiet still, to see how it goes.
Mercy's life is turned upside down by the arrival of a young lad at her garage asking for work. Mac isn't all that he seems - pretty soon Mercy realises he's a brand new werewolf, and with his arrival in her life comes a great deal of trouble. Her next door neighbour, Adam, is seriously injured and Mercy has to rescue him at great personal danger. Mercy has to return to the place where she grew up, amongst werewolves, and there is murder and kidnapping and danger for her as she has to rely on other people to help her.
What's so brilliant about this book is the cast of characters and the way that Patricia Briggs portrays their lives. Yes, people are werewolves but she shows how they fit in to the modern world, how they try to maintain relationships with humans and yet the times when they know they have to keep separate. There's a slow-burn love story between Mercy and a very attractive character (I won't give away who it is!) and also an exploration of what it must be like for Mercy as a weaker shape-shifter than the werewolves around her. Her brush with the head of the vampires is pretty dodgy too.
I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series - if it's as good as this it will be brilliant.
Mercy makes an appealing heroine, not least because as a skinwalker she changes into a coyote (much weaker than a werewolf); meaning she has to rely more on her brains and cunning to get her out of trouble. And sometimes she just has to deal with the consequences of her actions.
This is a wonderful story, populated with well-drawn and interesting characters. One of the things that makes it so fascinating is the detail in the complex relationships between the members of the various werewolf packs and how Mercy fits into that equation.
The only problem I had, was that the vampire section seemed a little superfluous to the plot. (As the second book deals more with them, this was probably to serve as an introduction, but I thought it took the action away from the werewolves and wasn't strictly necessary.)
Although the werewolf hierarchy that Patricia Briggs writes about is familiar, she manages to make the world Mercy lives in, unique. Moon Called reaches a satisfying conclusion but we are left with enough dangling plot threads to make us look forward to the next book. If you like Kelley Armstrong and Kim Harrison, I think this is another series that you'll love.
Mercy Thompson is a damn fine auto-mechanic, but she possesses more unusual traits that could put her at risk. Mercy is a skin walker ( a creature of Native American myth) who can shift into a coyote, but in this alternate world, where otherworldly creatures are just starting to come out and reveal themselves to normal society, Mercy is understandably reluctant to reveal her secret.
Mercy is an unusual female character; her mentor is a gremlin, she repairs a VW bus for one of the local vampires and lives next door to Adam the domineering Alpha of the local pack. Despite her vulnerable position as a supernatural being who has no protection from a pack, Mercy is blessedly no-nonsense and stands on her own two feet. When Mac, a young werewolf, comes to her garage looking for work she takes a chance and hires him, setting off a cause and effect reaction, when the young apprentice's dead body is dumped on her doorstep. She goes to the local werewolf pack for help, but finds the attractive alpha Adam near death and his teenage daughter kidnapped.Read more ›
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Having read this amazing fantasy novel by Patricia Briggs I am absolutely hooked on The Mercedes Thompson series which is riveting and exciting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lorna Francis
A very good read. This book is full of the supernatural world that I love. It has characters that have not been made before in my opinion. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sarah Davies
Love this author and another great book that i could not put down. Can't wait for the next one coming out.Published 6 months ago by S Logan
at last a heroine that doesnt pine, turn into a god or fix everything by the power seducing the nearst male supernatural. Amazing bookPublished 9 months ago by Ben
The world is finally coming to terms with the existence of the Fae, yet there are plenty of things still out there that perhaps humans are better off not knowing really exist. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Book Addict
Fantastic read I was told by another favourite author of mine Claire Farrell about this author so I bought this book and was hooked from the start it's got all I like in books... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kitsune