I am a huge fan of Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series and frequently re-read these books. Now, I’m daring you to read the first book in the series, Moon Called.
Mercy is a VW mechanic who also happens to be a walker, capable of magically shifting into a coyote. Unlike werewolves (or other were-beasties), Mercy’s transformation aren’t tied to the moon and don’t tax her so she can shift as much or as little as she likes. She lives in the Tri-States area, in a world filled with other supernaturals, including werewolves, witches, the fae and vampires. Mercy also has an unusual upbringing: she doesn’t know much about her father and she was raised by the Marrok, the leader of all the werewolves in America. Needless to say, she’s got a strong personality, some knowledge about things that go bump in the night, and she’s handy with a wrench.
Patricia Briggs has done an amazing job of creating a world with fantastic mythology, interesting characters, and compelling plotlines. Mercy and the two men (and werewolves) in her life, Adam and Samuel, are fantastic characters and it’s a lot of fun watching them negotiate their relationships. Both guys are fantastic and you can see why both men have appealed to Mercy. There are also a host of secondary characters that I love, like Jesse and Ben.
There are six books out in the series so far and each new entry is stronger than the last. Characters grow, the dangers change, but some things remain delightfully constant, like Mercy’s tendency to find trouble. Patricia Briggs isn’t afraid to put her characters through the wringer so be prepared for some emotional scenes, as well as some wonderfully choreographed action. Plus, the covers by Daniel Dos Santos are absolutely gorgeous!
And if you can’t get enough of this world, you can always check out the spin-off series, Alpha and Omega, which I like but not nearly as much as I love the Mercy books.
The blurb for Moon Called isn’t all that descriptive but here it is:
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.
I’ve recommended this series to many people and it’s always well received so I hope the trend will continue with you all.
Jenn’s thoughts on the rest of the series:
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