Reviewed by: Jannelle
Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars
While Mercy Thompson spends her days keeping to herself and repairing old cars (preferably of the German variety), she is not your typical VW mechanic. Mercy Thompson is a walker with the ability to shift into a coyote at will.
Our story begins when a young werewolf, Mac, stumbles into Mercy’s car repair garage requesting to help out fixing cars in exchange for a paycheck. Mercy agrees and soon after, trouble ensues. When realization begins to dawn on Mercy that Mac may have had a bit more misfortune than he let on, Mercy enlists the help of Adam, the local werewolf pack’s Alpha, to help guide Mac in the ways of the pack and make sure he stays out of trouble. Unfortunately, the trouble finds Mac, Mercy, Adam and his daughter Jesse, and this is where Moon Called really takes off.
Patricia Briggs not only showcased werewolves and what seems to be Mercy’s semi-unique skin walker ability, but also piqued my curiosity by introducing a wide array of supernatural creatures. Fae, gremlins, werewolves, vampires, shifters all make an appearance and making them integral supporting characters helped to move along the storyline. Our protagonist, Mercy, seems to be involved with all of the supernatural species without being completely aware of the full meaning behind these friendships, while her innocence seems to guarantee her protection.
The world building in this novel was phenomenal. It was subtle enough to welcome you in, making it easy to grasp and retain, allowing you to fall deeper into the story; no overly complicated world building here. If you’re new to the urban fantasy genre, I definitely recommend this as an introduction novel.
I loved Mercy as the main character and as the only point of view shown in the novel. She is smart and practical, always knowing what to say and when to say it. I really enjoyed seeing how her mind works, collecting subtle hints and clues, overthinking (or just thinking, really) until it all fits together.
There are some characters that, while helping move the story along, were only touched upon briefly and I can’t wait to see them in the next installments of the series. Zee, for one, assists Mercy immensely by protecting her through the sharing of personal experience and weaponry. Seriously, who just pulls out a magic sword out of thin air?
I am killing myself slowly trying to figure out how much more Stefan knows about Mercy’s abilities as a walker and why he isn’t willing to share that information. He seemed incredibly innocent and cute and nerdy – OK, maybe I just have a thing for vampires- but after that confrontation with the mistress, all I can think about was, “what else does he know?”
I’m also intrigued with this love triangle forming between Mercy, Adam and Samuel. I’m not sure whose team I’m on yet, but I am thinking Adam deserves a chance to woo Mercy as Samuel seems to have already had his opportunity and bombed.
Chock-full of action, inter-species politics and a love triangle that will get you hot from the tension alone, reading Moon Called was never a dull moment and I cannot wait to see where the story takes me in the next novel, Blood Bound.
Sexual content: Kissing