Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson 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…
This cover. Is Awful. Why make such a great character look so weird?! And porny…?
I was slightly shocked to realise I’d stopped reading paranormal and fantasy books ENTIRELY, so I thought I’d better try the again and see if I still liked them. I downloaded a vampire romance review book, and picked up a paperback copy of Moon Called, which I bought years ago but never read.
I’m not unfamiliar with Patricia Briggs’ urban fantasy world, and I’m not unfamiliar with Mercy Thompson, but I’ve never actually sat down and read the series from book one. Because of my familiarity with this author’s fantastical world (and my deep love of her closely-connected Alpha and Omega series), I figured if anybody could draw me back to this genre, this would be the author to do it.
Something you forget about when you haven’t read the genre for a while is all the world-building involved. And so many characters! Or, rather, good books in the genre have a lot of world-building and characters. Briggs has not only created an incredible world for her story, but her attention to the psychology of werewolf pack dynamics is incredible and so complex. I could read about it all day.
Something I thought was brilliantly-done, even if I hated it, was the way she was able to make me care about a character a great deal and then have something terrible happen to them. Great writing, but sometimes you don’t want to care that much!
As I did a skim-read of books three and four in this series years ago (and have read the accompanying series), I was already really familiar with many of the characters, but it was especially fun to discover Adam as you’re supposed to – from his introduction as a character.
There’s a bit of everything in this book. It’s our world, but it isn’t. Some supernatural creatures are out in the open already. There’re some really creepy vampires. The were-folk are excellent and also a bit scary. There’s so much imagination here.
It’s likely everyone has already read this series in the order it’s supposed to be read in, so I’m a little late to the party. However I’d like to repeat what a lot of others have said before me: this is a fantastic series. As soon as I put down the first book in the series, I picked up the next.