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The Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs
Let me tell you why The Mercy Thompson Series is my all time favorite series and why you should love it too!
Mercy Thompson is not just any mechanic; she’s the best female mechanic in the entire Tri-Cities area. She is also a coyote shapeshifter living just outside the authority of the local werewolf pack. And this pack in particular belongs to Adam Hauptman, the fourth most powerful alpha in all of North America. Her mentor is a crotchety old gremlin, her best friend and loyal customer is a vampire that drives the Mystery Machine, and her surrogate family happens to be the alpha of all alphas. Needless to say, this little trickster gets herself into quite a bit of trouble.
There’s so much conflict and so many bad guys to vanquish in this series that I can’t leave you with a single tagline. Each time Mercy solves one problem, another crops up in its place. Will she ever get to lead a normal life? Does she really want to? The one thing she does know? She’d do anything to protect the people she loves.
Every time I think I own all of the books, Patricia Briggs comes out with three more!
There are currently 10 books in the series, a handful of short stories, a comic adaptation of the first book, a comic prequel, and a comic original story. Not only that, but Briggs has a second series that spins off from secondary characters in the Mercy Thompson Series! That series is called Alpha and Omega, but more on that in a later post.
I’ve currently read to Silver Borne, but I’ve decided to reread the series. As I do, I’ll review each book at length. And, once I finish the series I’ll compile a book list with short reviews for all of them in one place. So, keep an eye out.
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I’ve decided to post short descriptions for each book because some of the synopses on the back covers give away what happens in previous books.
Book 3: Iron Kissed
Mercy’s gremlin mentor, Zee, is arrested for murder, but fae law isn’t always just. Can Mercy clear his name?
I will put a trigger warning with this one. There’s some pretty heavy sexual assault content in this book so read it at your own discretion.
Book 4: Bone Crossed
Mercy has stepped on the toes of local Vampire Queen Marsilia and she’s out for blood. Mercy is protected by the werewolf pack, but some of her friends aren’t. Is there anything she can do to stop a Vampire Queen?
Book 5: Silver Borne
The fae want back a magical book that Mercy borrowed. Meanwhile Sam, an old flame, is struggling to control his inner wolf. Can Mercy keep the fae off her back and help her friend? Or will she face threats from both sides?
Book 7: Frost Burned
Political battles rage as the werewolves try to integrate into society. Suddenly the pack goes missing. Is this just politics or something more sinister? Mercy must seek unlikely allies if she hopes to rescue them.
Book 9: Fire Touched
Mercy and the pack take in a young boy being hunted by the fae. Her decision may affect the delicate balance between the fae and werewolves across the country. And for that reason, Bran, the alpha of alphas, surrenders Adam’s pack from his protection. Is this a battle they can win on their own?
Book 10: Silence Fallen
In the latest novel, Mercy is abducted by the most powerful vampire in the world. She escapes before his plans to use her against Adam come to fruition. But now, she’s alone in the heart of Europe. Without the pack, will she find allies? Can she stop the ancient evil that’s rising to start a war?
Moon Called Comics
This one is just a comic adaptation of the first book in the series. There are two volumes, and the story line is supposed to be pretty similar to the book, though I haven't personally read them yet.
This one is an original story found only in the comics.
It occurs before the series and details the events that unfold just after Mercy arrives in the Tri-Cities. Briggs warns that some small details had to be changed to fit within the means of a graphic novel, but nothing too major. Consider this one a fun little scavenger hunt for the avid Mercy readers.
Hopcross Jilly Comic
This is another original story only in the comics.
Adam and Mercy discover a ritual burial site once belonging to the mysterious Hopcross Jilly. Meanwhile Adam’s daughter Jesse is having trouble fitting in at school. Does her new friend know something about the burials? Can Adam and Mercy get to her before Hopcross Jilly does?
Hollow Short Story
Mercy is contacted to investigate a haunting, but things are much worse than they appear.
I'm moving this one to the bottom of the list because it's a short story that was published in an anthology called Shifting Shadows. All of the stories in the anthology occur in Mercy's universe, but not all of the stories involve her. The stories that do, however, (as well as other major characters) are scattered throughout the actual Mercy Thompson timeline. I would recommend holding off on this book until you've finished the actual series.
Why I love this series!
So, I know each description sounds like a random story line taking place, but I promise Briggs does an incredible job of connecting everything. This is an exhilarating series with active characters making real choices with very serious consequences. Everything that takes place is a result of something Mercy did in a previous book. She’s constantly racking up debts that have to be paid.
Now for the sake of brevity and the glory of listicles, I’ve made a short list of reasons to love this series and why you should start reading it today!
My Top Seven!
- The female lead is badass. She’s a 30 something, grown ass woman that has shit to do. She doesn’t have time for fae or vampires or werewolves, but she’s fully capable of rolling with the punches.
- She has weaknesses and limitations, but you get to watch her grow and discover ways to overcome them. The character development in this series is insane, not just with the protagonist.
- Briggs’s attention to detail and folklore is awe-inspiring! There’s something for every legend/lore/myth geek looking for a fix.
- The vampire drives a replica of the Mystery Machine…with a giant Scooby-doo in the front seat. Nuff said.
- Even regular old humans can be heroes in this series. Don’t ever underestimate the humans.
- The suspense has me reading these books in a day, whether I have time to or not.
- I don’t think this series will ever end. And even if it does, Briggs has so many other books, you’re sure to find something else to love.
If you’re not sold on my favorite series yet, then check them out for yourself and tell me what you think.
As I said up top, I’ll post longer reviews for each book as I read them. Once I finish the series I’ll compile them in a list of short reviews as well.
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