Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Series: Mercedes Thompson Book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 288
Book Source: Own Purchase

Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

Urban Fantasy fans and blogging friends have been nagging encouraging me to read a Patricia Brigg's novel for quite a while and while I may be a latecomer to the Briggs' party, I say... better late than never. Moon Called was an enjoyable introduction to the Mercy Thompson series. Briggs manages to create an interesting world with a myriad of supernatural creatures while maintaining a character-driven, well paced story. 

Narrator Mercedes, (Mercy for short) is a coyote shifter, a rare 'walker' raised by a werewolf pack. Mercy is a really likeable character; a mechanic with a thriving business, independent, capable, and comfortable in her own skin. She's kick-ass but not invinceable, she stands up to the dominant, testosterone laden men in her life but knows when to keep quiet; in other words Mercy is smart!

Adam Hauptman, alpha of the local werewolf pack and Mercy's next door neighbour, is a great character. Charismatic, menacing, adoring and protective father to daughter Jesse and although he hides behind brusqueness and sarcasm it was obvious to me that he liked Mercy. This excerpt will give you an idea of the relationship between the two and the antagonistic humour much in evidence throughout the novel.

I noticed the cat-carrier sitting on my porch as soon as I got out of the car.

My cat, Medea, gave me a plaintive yowl, but I picked up the note taped to the top of the carrier and read it before I let her out.

Ms Thompson, it said in heavy block letters, Please keep your feline off my property. If I see it again, I will eat it.

The note was unsigned.

I undid the latch and lifted the cat up and rubbed my face in her rabbit-like fur.

"Did the mean-old werewolf stick the poor kitty in the box and leave her?" I asked.

While there is only the slightest hint of romance in Moon Called (yep slightly disappointing) my hope is that things heat up between Adam and Mercy in Blood Bound. The relationship between Mercy and former lover werewolf Samuel is a complicated one, and while it seems the pair still have feelings for each other, my heart is set on Adam getting the girl in this 'claytons' love-triangle.

Pack politics, folklore, killings, kidnapping, conspiracies, intrigue, a sprinkling of magic, Moon Called was an action-packed paranormal who-dun-it. I will definitely be continuing on with the series and I'm looking forward to reading book 2, Blood Bound.

At present the author has been contracted for seven Mercy novels but it is possible the series will go longer. Visit Patricia Briggs' website HUROG to find out more about this author and her work.

CymLowell



To celebrate blogging friendships & my birthday two lucky readers can take their pick from a choice of 6 books in my Dec/Jan giveaway. Check this blog post for details. International entrants welcome.

15 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this - have book 2 floating around somewhere.

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  2. Sounds like a great werewolf book.
    :) Nice review.

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  3. Thanks for this great review, Teddyree! I might just have to move Moon Called up in my TBR pile.

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  4. Love this series..and yes, things heat up..takes a few books though :)

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  5. This was one cool book, yeah not much loving but I did like that triangle

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  6. I've been wanting to read this one too so you're not alone!!

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  7. Oh, you're gonna like BLOOD BOUND. :) That is one of my very favorite passages you quoted, btw.

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  8. Great review. I read this one and really liked it!

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  9. This sounds like a fun read! And I love the cover.

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  10. Oh yes! Mercy Thompson is definitely one of my favorite urban fantasy's :) and Adam? *sigh* Lovely. So glad you liked them!

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  11. I have yet to start reading this series even though I keep hearing about it. Sounds like, after reading your review, that I should start.

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  12. Do yourself a favor and finish this series because let me tell you it just gets better! Loved them all!

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  13. Another book waiting patiently to be read on my shelf. I can't wait to start this series =)

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  14. This series gets better and better with each novel. Mercy Thompson is one of my all time favorite heroines. She's amazing.

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