Moon Called by Patricia Briggs is the first book in the Mercy Thompson series. Ever since I read and loved the wonderful Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, I’ve been more curious about urban fantasy. Several book blogger friends (Angie, Michelle and Holly, I’m looking at you guys) have recommended this series. I read Cry Wolf a couple of months back because I thought it would be easier to start with that series because it has less number of books but I think it would’ve been better if I went straight to Moon Called instead.
Here’s the summary from Goodreads:
Werewolves can be dangerous if you get in their way, but they’ll leave you alone if you are careful. They are very good at hiding their natures from the human population, but I’m not human. I know them when I meet them, and they know me, too.
Mercy Thompson’s sexy next-door neighbor is a werewolf.
She’s tinkering with a VW bus at her mechanic shop that happens to belong to a vampire.
But then, Mercy Thompson is not exactly normal herself… and her connection to the world of things that go bump in the night is about to get her into a whole lot of trouble.
I admit that Moon Called wasn’t a real page turner for me but I still think it’s a promising start on an interesting urban fantasy series. I think it was a little slow for me mostly because of the descriptions and the worldbuilding. I have a feeling things will pick up in the next books. I have the next three books and I’m curious enough about Mercy that I’m going to read them all soon. I like that Mercy is a mechanic, which is a pretty unusual job for a female main character in the fantasy world. She’s very independent and even though she knows several magical creatures (and she’s one herself), she tries to keep a low profile. She can’t really do that though when her next-door neighbor is the Alpha of the local werewolf pack. I find Mercy and Adam’s precarious relationship hilarious. This is Adam’s note to Mercy early in the book:
MS. THOMPSON, it said in heavy block letters, PLEASE KEEP YOUR FELINE OFF MY PROPERTY. IF I SEE IT AGAIN, I WILL EAT IT.
In the world that Ms. Briggs created, the werewolves live in hiding. Their existence isn’t well-known to other humans and I like how it generates conflict in the book. I’d love to see how things work out in the future. There’s also a hint of a love triangle in this book. I’m not usually a fan of love triangles because when I’m invested in the characters, I always feel bad when they get hurt. I’m excited to see who will end up with Mercy but at the same time, I’m scared that at least one of them will end up heartbroken.
Mercy does remind me of Kate Daniels and I look forward to reading more about her. To all other urban fantasy fans out there, help out a newbie here. I’m asking for more suggestions of urban fantasy books that you think I should explore. 🙂