Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

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. πŸ™‚

10 thoughts on “Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

  1. So glad you’re curious enough to continue on with the series. BLOOD BOUND may, in fact, be my favorite. It’s very difficult to say. πŸ™‚ But it’s good stuff.

    As far as other series go, give Jeri Smith-Ready’s WVMP Radio series a shot. First one is WICKED GAME.

    • I’m in the middle of Blood Blound right now and I’m liking it so far! I want to see more of Adam though! Mercy and Adam sort of remind me of Kate and Curran. I want them to get together already. πŸ™‚

      I’ll take note of Jeri Smith-Ready’s books and will try to tackle that one next.

  2. I’m glad you still liked it although it ended up being hard to get into. I’m not sure if it was all the setup and the werewolf politics, but it was a slow read for me, too. Lol, love that quote btw. Hehe. Blood Bound was much more of a page turner for me. I think it may be my favorite too. Yay for vampires and Stefan! Curious to see what you think.

    • Yeah, there was a lot of werewolf politics and the descriptions of the hierarchy but I chalked it up to worldbuilding since it’s the first book in a series. But I really found that quote funny. Go Adam! πŸ™‚

      I plan to finish Blood Bound this weekend and I’ll post a review when I’m done.

  3. Yay! I’m doing a little happy dance right now to see that you picked this one up. Yipee!!

    And don’t fret, this first one is a little overwhelming, esp. in terms of back-story and world-building. Personally, Briggs’ idea of how a werewolf pack works is probably my favorite out of all UF books. But keep going because they just get better with each installment, mainly due to Mercy’s ever complex relationships.

    As for other UF series, I did like Kelley Armstrong’s BITTEN (1st in women of the otherworld series) but haven’t read the rest of the books yet. I did just finish Stacia Kane’s UNHOLY GHOSTS (my review will be up tomorrow) and I heartily recommend that one, even tho it was a bit difficult to sink into at first.

    • LOL, I can imagine you doing a little happy dance in front of your computer!

      Yes, it looks like the first one is a little too full of details but as expected, the latter ones are better. I’m in the middle of the second one and I’m really liking it. Briggs’ idea of the werewolf hierarchy is very specific. I’m excited to find out who ends up with Mercy! I want to know already.

      Thanks for the Kelley Armstrong recommendation! I actually read her YA book, The Summoning but I wasn’t very impressed with it so I might give her adult books a try. I’m going to wait for your review of Unholy Ghosts before I decide if I want to read it. πŸ™‚

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