This past fall I found myself visiting the Oregon coast. The thing I love about visiting the coastal towns is that there are always book stores. The city I was in had at least 5- I was in heaven. Patricia Briggs novel Moon Called is one of the treasures I found on my coastal adventure. I am very happy I bought this new to me author, especially since she has quite the backlist of books! Moon Called is the first book in the Mercy Thompson series. It was fantastic and I can’t wait to get more Patricia Briggs in my life!
Moon Called introduces us to a fantastic set of supernatural and human characters. They are strong, believable, engaging and enticing. I love the world Briggs has created- with the supernatural living with and among us; some openly and some covertly. Briggs does a great job telling us about the various species of supernatural- werewolves, vampires, fae, and walkers. She gives you enough tidbits to keep the reader comfortable, engaged in the story and hooking you into an overall plot you know the author has in mind, but leaves a bit of mystery there, especially with shifters like Mercy, for the reader to want to know more and keep reading the series.
That said, the novel’s synopsis is spot on. Mercy can’t help but get herself into trouble and spooky situations every chance that she either gets or when she thinks it’s her duty to help out.
“Mercedes "Mercy" Thompson is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri- Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy's next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy's connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water...”
The romance is a slow simmer in this novel. The love triangle that’s not quite a love triangle yet was intoxicating in Moon Called between Mercy, Adam and Samuel. Briggs sets her characters up individually and then starts the slow entanglement that leaves the reader panting to know what will happen!!! Give me book 2 in this series already! (Good thing I am “late” finding this author and she has quite a few books in this series published already!) I also really appreciated that the author took the time to flesh out and introduce us to the more minor and support players in Mercy’s world. They helped create the mood, dynamics, and mysterious scraps of information needed for a series like this.
I would absolutely recommend this author and this series to my dear readers. It has action, adventure, sexual tension, kick ass characters, violence and mystery.