If anyone reading this has read my previous review of “Skinwalker”, you guys may have noticed how enamored I am with the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. The first book, “Moon Called” will be the review topic for today and hopefully cause one or two people to try one of my favorite series. Plus the new book in the series (“River Marked” yay!) comes out today, so I thought this review would be a nice way to commemorate it.
As the series name indicates, the book is about Mercy Thompson, a mechanic who also happens to be a skinwalker. When a stray werewolf finds his way to Mercy, it triggers a chain of events that lands her in the middle of it all. And she soon finds herself in more trouble than she wanted. You’ll meet the potential love interests of Mercy: Samuel Cornick, Mercy’s old flame, and Adam Hauptman, her hot & hotheaded, controlling neighbor. Coincidentally (or not), both men are werewolves. Plus, throughout it all, you get a taste of the romantic tension to come as the series progresses.
Categorized as an urban fantasy, Briggs is skillfully able to weave in the fantasy and mythology, of monsters & creatures of magic thought to be mere story, into the world as we know it today. The fae have come out, and it is clear that werewolves and other magical beings are likely to follow.
Written from a first person POV, we see Briggs’ world through Mercy. A kickass character, Mercy is a skinwalker who had been raised by werewolves. As anyone aware of any werewolf folklore may know, werewolves are intensely dominant and aggressive creatures. Growing up in that sort of environment has helped develop Mercy in a headstrong character. She’s a good mix of disobedience, stubbornness and caring that makes her a compelling character to learn more about.
This is a book at the top of my recommendation list. This is the first time I seriously started thinking about reading adult sci-fi/fantasy books. Prior I mainly stuck with YA ones, because as a coworker of mine said, YA sci-fi/fantasy books tend to be plot driven and lack a lot of the gratuitous sex and violence often seen in adult sci-fi/fantasy. Check it out.
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