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Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Read Time: 7.5 hrs
Series: The Mercy Thompson Series
Mercy Thompson isn’t your average VW mechanic. Her mentor is a gremlin; her best client and friend is a vampire; and she is a coyote skinwalker. And her sexy neighbor? He isn’t just any werewolf; he’s the Alpha of the Columbia Basin Pack.
Mercy does her best to keep her head down and her nose out of other people’s business, but when a new werewolf named Mac shows up at her shop those plans go out the window. Handing the problem over to Adam and his pack inadvertently kicks a strange chain of events into action. Fearing the packs involvement, Mercy must race against the clock to save a wounded Adam and rescue his daughter from the clutches of rouge wolves.
Does a lowly coyote have what it takes to run with the wolves?
Moon Called is a great introduction to the Mercy Thompson Series. The beginning has a slow build to it. One that introduces Mercy’s world through her everyday life, which is subtly interrupted in the first chapter. Briggs does a wonderful job explaining the complex world of werewolves and fae without feeling like exposition. Characters are introduced gradually, building on the intricacies of pack life and the rules that bind them.
Briggs sets up the limitations and restrictions of Mercy’s world and mystical powers from the get go, so there’s no confusion about what is and isn’t possible in their realm of existence. These are not all-powerful creatures. They each have their own weaknesses and drawbacks creating a very real feeling to the fantasy. Each character is fleshed out in a way that not only makes you relate to them, but convinces you that if you passed them on the street they could very well be werewolves and you would be none the wiser.
And can we talk about the cliff hangers?! Briggs has a way of dropping bombs on you at the end of a sentence, at the end of a chapter. She has the power to put so much significance into a single object as unassuming as a purse. And when all is said and done, she wraps everything up into a nice neat package with that little purse as the bow. Briggs as a gift for drawing you in and leaving you mesmerized chapter after chapter.
You won’t be disappointed with Moon Called or The Mercy Thompson Series.
Other Things to Love
- Diverse characters (Native American lead, strong females, gay characters, POC, career types).
- Briggs likes to wreck stereotypes.
- Sexuality isn’t the focus of the gay couple. Thank you!
- Every book in the series contains a map (which I believe is a requirement for a good fantasy novel).
- Fast paced and suspenseful.
- Admittedly, I’m not a fan of love triangles, but it does get resolved nicely later in the series.
- The adoptive/choosing your own family dynamic will tug at your heartstrings. Seriously.
I don’t know why you’re still reading this article when you should be reading Moon Called. I cannot recommend this series enough. This book is so underrated and I don’t know how so few people have heard of it. The fan craze should be up there with Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Vampire Diaries. Although this series is something uniquely its own, consider it a mesh of the three, but all grown up.
Seriously, it’s only $7 on Amazon for paperback and $3 for Kindle. I was buying this series four books at a time when I found out there were more. Go to the library, I don’t care. Just read it! You’ll thank me.
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