Thursday, April 10, 2008

Review - Moon Called

Title: Moon Called
Author: Patricia Briggs
Publishing Date: February 2006
Genre: Non Fiction (non romance)
Rating: B+
Sensuality: Kisses

Moon Called is the first book in a series of books about Mercedes Thompson, a walker or “skinwalker”. She can change into a coyote and has some of the physical attributes that come with it, such as advanced hearing and smell. This is different from a werewolf. In Mercy’s world, it is very similar to ours today with one big exception, it is inhabited by werewolves, vampires and various Fae, such as witches, gremlins and trolls. Mercy was raised by werewolves in Montana and has been around them all her life. Now she is a VW mechanic and has the local Alpha werewolf for her next door neighbor.

This is Mercy’s story and it is told in first person from her point of view. I like stories told in the first person. I don’t mind being privy to only one person’s thoughts. I like the mystery of figuring out, by reading through other peoples’ body language, what the other characters are thinking. I like the subtlety with which I am told the story. Mercy’s voice is an enjoyable one. She seems like your normal average woman, with the exception of her walker abilities. She doesn’t have super human strength. She has problems with her mom and she had heartache when she was a teenager. She is a likable person without any kind of attitude or chip on her shoulder, although she gives out sarcasm in small doses. She likes to help people and is a nice person without coming off as sickeningly sweet.

There are two possible love interests, maybe three, in this story. First there is Adam, her next door neighbor and the local Alpha and then Samuel, her former boyfriend and son of the Alpha of the pack who raised her. Stefan, a local vampire, with whom she is helping restore an old VW van. I have a feeling he wants to be in the running as well. So Mercy is a popular girl and everyone can’t help but like her. The world building is good and we are just starting to learn the characters through Mercy’s eyes. We get to learn all about the werewolf culture and solve a mystery to boot. Moon Called is wrapped up at the end with no devastating cliff-hangers. I am curious to see where Briggs will go next with Mercy’s story.

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Shannon said...

This is, without a doubt, my favorite series out there. I am dying for the next installment, and the fourth book has not been written yet! Luckily, Briggs is starting a new series featuring Charles, Sam's brother.

Mercy is a great character. You are right in that she is nice, but not too nice. She has a great sarcastic whit and does not let others push her around. She does not feel the need to save the world, but looks out for those she cares about. Mercy is very real. I can imagine actually meeting a person just like her. Well, except for being a walker.

You should definitely keep reading. The next book is great. You get to see more of Stefan and his ilk.

Jill D. said...

Hey Shannon, I love Mercy and I am definitely going to keep reading! I got the feeling Stefan would come into play more in the future. I am so glad you are a fan too!

Kris said...

I love this series and am eagerly anticipating the next book. I am glad that you liked it.

Shannon, I had not heard that yet, very cool, another book to look forward to.

Ana said...

This is one of Thea's favorite series, she keeps nagging me to read it and we will have another Dare later on where I will be reading the first one. It sounds great, it truly does ..... I have no idea why I am scared of picking it up. LOL

nath said...

Everone's been loving this series :D I started reading the first book, but put it down. I need a strong romance thread in my book and as little as love triangle possible.. but I still have the first two books :) I guess I should give them a try :)

Jill D. said...

Kris, I have read the second book too and I am really enjoying this series. Keishon over at Avid Reader recommended it.

Ana, It's good. I think you would like it. There wasn't a lot of romance per say, but I think there will be more in the future books.

Nath, LOL, I like the love triangle aspect. I like the mystery of wondering who she is going to choose. When you TBR pile dwindles down (like that is ever going to happen) pick it up again.

Angiegirl said...

Nice review. This is one of my very favorite series. And I agree, I too like figuring out what the other characters are thinking through Mercy's eyes. Can't wait to hear what you think of the others.

Jill D. said...

Angiegirl, Hi and welcome to my blog! I read Blood Bound recently and will be posting a review soon. I loved that one too! Patricia Briggs is a new to me author and I will definitely looking into her backlist. I enjoy her writing style. So far they have been easy-breezy books for me. I can't wait to see what else she has in store for Mercy.