Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #1
Published by Ace on January 1, 2006
Narrator: Lorelei King
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Mercedes Thompson, aka Mercy, is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy's next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy's connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water...
It’s been a long time since I’ve done a reread of the Mercy Thompson series. So long, I’d almost forgotten just how good these books are.
Mercy checks off all my boxes for an Urban Fantasy. She’s an underdog (or should I say under coyote?) amongst a pack of wolves and other scary things. She’s constantly underestimated and thought of as weak, but she’s anything but.
After her mother found a coyote in her crib, wolves raised her until circumstances forced her back to her mother’s home where her new family is plain human. She’s always felt like she’s on the outside looking in. Even so, as coyotes do, she adapted to each situation and figured out how to survive without losing her spirit.
The werewolves in Ms. Briggs world come off as being almost unstable. They have quick tempers and their very nature’s lean toward violence at the drop of a hat. They have to have the utmost control or things go bad quickly. This has resulted in rigid pack structure where only the strong survive and only the strongest rule. Because of the violence inherent in their whole being, even though they could be immortal, the average lifespan is a mere ten years after the first change. Not a happy-go-lucky existence at all.
It’s not just shifters, there are also witches of the creepy variety (think Baba Yaga), fae, and a coven of vampires, all extremely mysterious and seriously dangerous. In other words, this isn’t a world for the faint of heart.
If you are looking for romance, you won’t find it in this first installment, although Adam, the sexy local alpha, makes things all kinds of interesting. He also happens to be Mercy’s neighbor. I loved the passive-aggressive ways Mercy dealt with his overbearing alpha ways.
Mercy’s life as a VW mechanic is clicking along when trouble in the form of a teenage runaway who is a brand spanking new wolf finds his way to Mercy’s garage. Things go South in a hurry and Mercy ends up having to confront her past in order to save the day.
Fast-paced and full of depth along with one heck of an interesting new world to explore, Moon Called will keep you riveted to the pages from start to finish. If you love Urban Fantasy, this is a must read!
Rating: 5 Stars!
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