Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, Book 1)
by Patricia Briggs
Book Description: Werewolves can be dangerous if you get in their way, but they’ll leave you alone if you are careful. They are very good at hiding their natures from the human population, but I’m not human. I know them when I meet them, and they know me too.
Mercy Thompson’s sexy next-door neighbor is a werewolf. She’s tinkering with a VW bus at her mechanic shop that happens to belong to a vampire. But then, Mercy Thompson is not exactly normal herself…and her connection to the world of things that go bump in the night is about to get her into a whole lot of trouble.
The best urban fantasy series today starts out with a promising debut in Moon Called. Mercy Thompson is a compelling female protagonist with a clear voice and an intriguing world that is similar to our own but secretly populated by all sorts of magical beings including vampires, demons, fey, werewolves, and Mercy herself, a skinwalker who can magically transform into a coyote (an ability she inherited from the father she never knew). Her human mother made the decision to allow the Marrock (aka the werewolf leader) to raise Mercy. As a result, Mercy has learned to live among many worlds yet truly belong to none.
I thought that Mercy lost her voice a bit in the middle of the book because of the increased complication of the plot: including helping a teenage werewolf who escaped from a lab where he was experimented on, coming to the aid of the local Alpha, and revisiting the werewolves—including her first love– that raised her. Unlike some other urban fantasy books, this one didn’t completely sink under the plot where the author is so concerned with establishing all the intricacies of their world. Briggs skirts that line, but ultimately this book emerges as a decent start to what turns out to be my favorite urban fantasy series to date.
No sex. There is some tension but it stays clean. There is a likable supporting character who is living a homosexual lifestyle and a chapter is devoted to that relationship in a way that endorses the lifestyle and resorts to some ad hominem attacks on those who object to it.
“So my editor called and said, “Hey, Patty, you know those books you like? The modern paranormal fantasy with vampires and werewolves?” And I found myself writing two of them. Since I was pretty burned out from writing Raven’s Strike in a very short time, it seemed like it might be a better answer to writer’s funk than just taking time off — especially since it paid better than vacationing. Moon Called is the beginning of the story of Mercedes Thompson a coyote shapeshifter who is also a pretty decent mechanic. Mercy’s world looks a lot like ours except that the Otherworld is begining to be forced out of hiding by our modern technologies. Mercy shares her back fence with the local Alpha werewolf and works evenings on the vampire Stefan’s VW bus. She’s safe and content — which doesn’t make a very story, does it? So, of course, matters begin to change on the first page. In this book Mercy faces trolls and gremlins, old boyfriends and older vampires. I hope you enjoy her story.” –Patricia Briggs
- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Ace (January 31, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441013813
- ISBN-13: 978-0441013814
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 1 inches