Published by Ace on November 4, 2010
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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...
(Mercy Thompson #1)
By Patricia Briggs
Mercy me, they are an interesting bunch…
I liked Moon Called, but I struggled to find the spark. All of the characters were interesting, original and likeable. I laughed at the required times, felt my heart rate speed up when the conflict played out and shed a tear when the emotions were high. All of these things together were good…but I wasn’t consumed…in love…or…desperate for more.
Mercy has powers that I don’t think she even knows the extent of. She has friends she can call on at any time from all different types/walks/species. A vampire gets Mercy to service his vehicles, she was brought up in a wolf pack and bought her business from a gremlin who she stayed friends with. Mercy came across as neutral ground and very approachable. I really liked her character and think she has the potential for greatness.
One measly little kiss right at the end did not leave me satisfied AT ALL!! I want to see Mercy feel overwhelmed with feelings. I want to know why Adam has a photo of Mercy in his bedroom but acts so wishy washy when in front of her. If this is supposed to be a love triangle…who is the third guy? I’m presuming it’s Samuel but I did not feel anything but sibling love between them. I like to see passion, animal attraction and uncontrollable possessiveness in my paranormals. I just didn’t feel it.
The suspense and mystery part of the story felt a little anticlimactic. The excitement and trepidation of knowing that a war was looming had me on tender hooks but when it was all laid out in the end I was…huh…that’s it…really?
Now, I didn’t hate Moon Called but I definitely didn’t love it and want to stop everything I was doing to go on. I just thought (hoped) it would have a little more romance in it. Mercy was strong, smart and independent and was definitely my favourite character. Adam has potential and Samuel should maybe move on from the past (even though it was devastatingly sad to know his history) and find a fresh start. I thought Bran was cool, Stefan is interesting and Zee is hiding something.
A good introduction to this series but definitely not a romance…at this stage.