Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs has been at the edge of my urban fantasy radar for a very, very long time. Yet never a priority because what I knew about it was the opposite of buzz words: slow pace, love triangle, werewolves. But then I picked it up. And I was hooked.
The first book in the series, Moon Called, is indeed slow paced for an urban fantasy novel and it is, indeed, about shapeshifters, who, indeed, find themselves in a love triangle. But it also has the very complicated yet very simple pack dynamic, and the politics of all these other supernatural beings, and their exposed lives amidst humankind. And it works, oh, how it works! I felt the magic right from the start. That slow heady spell of the desert, and the snowy planes of Montana, and that tiny space that Mercy has carved for herself amidst the wolves.
Ah, the wolves. I love all of them, but I am especially in love with Adam. He is a dominant alpha through and through, but he is respectful and kind, genuinely nice, so very caring. That he can be adorably old-fashioned and doesn’t, for example, like to swear in the presence of women is just one of many details that make me swoon. His romance is the kind that doesn’t happen immediately but, rather, slowly builds up towards its anticipated resolution for a few books. It’s there, in the background, growing strong and steady, yet never the focus of the story or the defining factor. It’s the best kind of romance.
Then, there is Sam, the past, the first love. His romance is complicated, to say the least. And that, I think, is what makes the triangle work for me. The way Mercy is confused, and hurt, and loving, and terrified. The three of them have a very three-way relationship that isn’t based solely on romance and jealousy. It’s beautiful.
Mercy herself, I found, is a typical heroine with enough personality to make her dear and unforgettable. She is independent and strong and sarcastic, but she is also afraid, and loyal, and not a killer. She finds herself surrounded with interesting friends, bonds with whom make her story that much richer, exciting, so much more fun. Mercy has a life, she has a job, and she is a woman who turns into a coyote. And I love her to bits.
Honestly, I could go on and on about all the things that are done so well, so right, so captivating in Moon Called by Patricia Briggs and the following books in the series. But I’ll just say that I loved the first four books A Lot and I plan to devour the rest as soon as I am able to.
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Mercedes Thompson #1
Published by Ace on January 31st 2006
Fae, Paranormal, Shifters, Urban Fantasy, Vampires
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Mercedes "Mercy" Thompson is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington.
She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy's next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a bus for a vampire.
This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy's connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water...
How do you like your urban fantasy most? Which supernatural creatures do you find most interesting?