Book review

Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1)

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Read date: Feb 2017

4 stars

Three and three quarter stars, really, but rounded it up to four as it has potential for the rest of the series (and minus a quarter star for the cover art – I mean I know sex sells, and it’s fun, but it nearly put my wife off reading it, which would have been a shame as she loves them now!)

Quite a fun fantasy-in-the-modern-world story: you’ve got shapeshifters, werewolves, vampires, and the fae, all hiding in plain sight in the modern world. A slight twist in this world is that the fae – at least the “lesser” fae – have been outed, and their existence is known to us mundanes.

The plot is centred around Mercy Thompson, a shapeshifting car mechanic, and the troubles she gets into with the neighbourhood werewolves. Her next-door neighbour is the alpha of the pack, and tends to do things like leave Mercy’s pet cat on her doorstep with a note saying “please keep your cat off my lawn, or I might eat him”. Things get complicated when Mercy hires a drifter type to help out in the garage, who she quickly realises is a “lone wolf” werewolf, one without a pack.

The story is fun, with quite a lot of scene setting in the first half, but the pace picks up in the back half and I enjoyed the ride. I will definitely pick up the next one if I’m off on holiday and fancy an entertaining read on the beach!

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