Mercy Thompson is a shapeshifter, and while she was raised by werewolves, she can never be one of them, especially after the pack ran her off for having a forbidden love affair. So she’s turned her talent for fixing cars into a business and now runs a one-woman mechanic shop in the Tri-Cities area of Washington State.
But Mercy’s two worlds are colliding. A half-starved teenage boy arrives at her shop looking for work, only to reveal that he’s a newly changed werewolf—on the run and desperately trying to control his animal instincts. Mercy asks her neighbor Adam Hauptman, the Alpha of the local werewolf pack, for assistance.
But Mercy’s act of kindness has unexpected consequences that leave her no choice but to seek help from those she once considered family—the werewolves who abandoned her…
I gave him a put-upon sigh. “I am not one of your pack members, Adam. I know this is difficult for you to fathom, so I’ll speak slowly: I don’t belong to you. I am under no obligation to tell you anything.”
I love Moon Called and the Mercy Thompson series. This isn’t the first time I have read it, and it is highly unlikely to be the last. It is just so much fun. And Moon Called manages to introduce the series so well. Some series have better starts than others, and this has one of the better starts in urban fantasy.
The world introduced is just so amazing. And it introduces so much that can be explored in depth later in the series. Moon Called starts off with the werewolves and what they are. There are never any doubts in my mind that they are werewolves, and not just humans who can turn into wolves. Same with the vampires and the fae that are introduced. It is a personal pet peeve that authors write humans who just happen to have special skills. Not with Patricia Briggs – she introduces a very, very strong set of supernatural creatures even from the very start of the series.
It is also interesting that the human world knows about the fae. The humans have almost accepted (but not quite, because humans are humans) what they already have learned. It is a common misunderstanding that all urban fantasy are set up so that the supernatural is secret. It isn’t true, because of series like Mercy and many, many others. The human world is about to get a new shock, though: the werewolves are talking about coming out.
Mercedes Thompson is a coyote shifter and all-around amazing person. Growing up, she was raised by werewolves but never exactly accepted by them. But now she has made a place for herself. Her former boss that she bought her mechanic shop from is fae. Her best friends are a werewolf and a vampire. Her next door neighbor, Adam Hauptman, is the local werewolf alpha who has declared that Mercy is his mate “to keep her safe, only” 😉. But most importantly, Mercy just likes to help people. She knows when to follow, but she likes to be the leader. She is also just a lot of fun, but she has a wicked impish streak when she feels she has been slighted. Coyotes, huh?
The story of Moon Called is simple on the surface, but when viewed on the bigger scale of the series is quite complex. It even grows more complex throughout the course of the book. Mercy befriends a young teenage werewolf that shows up at her shop looking for a job. But then he is killed in the same attack that nearly killed her neighbor, Adam, and kidnapped his daughter, Jesse. Mercy is afraid Adam’s pack is behind the attack, so she has to get Adam to a safe place so the both of them can find and retrieve his teenage daughter. The players and the investigations take Mercy and Adam to places they wouldn’t have expected at the start.
This isn’t the end, though. The debts Mercy incurs for the help she receives throughout the book stack up. There are consequences. There is romance. There is vengeance. There is pain. There is fun. This series is a longer one, and it isn’t over yet. It has been around ten years since I first read this series, and I still love it. I’m not rereading it because I have to because a new book came out, I am simply because I want to.
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