Friday, May 2, 2008
Moon Called Review
Book: Moon Called
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercedes Thompson Book 1
Mercedes "Mercy" Thompson is a skinwalker with the ability to shift from human form to coyote. She works as a mechanic in her own shop where she repairs Volkswagen's and a few other models here and there. One day while at work, a young werewolf shows up at her shop. The werewolf, Mac, is in pretty bad shape. Not only does he appear to be homeless, but he's not in full control of his wolf; something that wouldn't happen if he was in a Pack. Taking sympathy on him and his situation, Mercy offers Mac a job helping her out with the car repairs.
Things are going relatively well until Mercy makes a trip to her shop late one night and finds Mac in a serious conversation with a human and a werewolf she doesn't recognize. An altercation breaks out and Mercy ends up mistakenly killing the strange werewolf while the human gets away.
With a dead werewolf to clean up and no other options, she calls in the help of her neighbor, and local werewolf Pack Alpha, Adam. Curious about the situation she stumbled upon, Mercy questions Mac and finds out that after he was turned he was taken away, locked up, and experimented on. Mercy turns that information along with Mac, over to Adam.
Her life should have gone back to normal after that, but Mac's dead body shows up on her doorstep, and Mercy finds Adam drugged and his fifteen-year-old daughter, Jesse, gone. Realizing that the people behind Mac's torture and eventual death are the same ones who attacked Adam and kidnapped Jesse, Mercy sets out to find the culprits. But not without the help of a few other fae that range in existence from an werewolf ex boyfriend, eccentric witch, oddly friendly vampire, and a wise gremlin.
Moon Called was an enjoyable read for me. Mercy is a cool chick. She's strong but still womanly. In a world where most of the fae are powerful she's just a little coyote, not much of a match against the other fae but still a force in her own right.
Something that I really liked about this book was the world building. It's simplistic enough, but fascinating at the same time. Mercy lives in a world very much like our own, but at the same time it's totally alternate history/universe- where most of the fae live out in the open with the human population.
I usually steer away from books written in first person. For me, they tend to give off an exclusionary feeling, like I'm not getting to know all of the characters well. I'm happy to say that I didn't feel separated from any of the characters that Mercy encounters during the course of the story. The writing was smooth enough that I forgot that the book was first person and became lost in the story being told.
Moon Called was an overall good read, it left me anxious to jump into Blood Bound, Book 2 in the Mercedes Thompson series. B+