- Publisher: Ace Books
- Format: Paperback | 340 pages
- Dimensions: 102mm x 165mm x 23mm | 159g
- Publication date: 1 February 2006
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0441013813
- ISBN 13: 9780441013814
- Sales rank: 5,037
Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.
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Patricia Briggs lives in Montana with her husband, children, and six horses.
By Najla Qamber 24 Oct 2012
Urban Fantasies are one of my favorite genres and I was curious to see how Werewolves fit into it. Honestly, it was exactly what I expected and my expectations were awfully low for this book. That is mainly because I dislike werewolves. But hey! If you're living life, might as well try things at least once. Let's start this review with a different breakdown. Starting with the bests and ending with the worsts.
Best thing about this book was the protagonist, Mercy's attitude towards life, people and most of all Werewolves. In the book, she enumerates what are the do's and dont's of being around Werewolves, which I found tickling my funny bone. The worst thing about the book was probably, the fact that it wasn't as enthralling readers expect from a big shot author like Patricia Briggs. I guess, this series wasn't her best? I can't judge or compare yet, I have yet to read more from her.
Best thing about the plot was that it brought together Mercy and one of the Werewolves she has known for years. Though, I'm pretty sure other readers would say something else about the plot aside from the romance, maybe something along the lines of the action, and mystery Briggs threw in. As for the worst part of the plot was the fact that it lacked the "big bang" factor.
The characters don't have much of the best and the worst. They all played their parts in the story that created massive hypes in Mercy's life. I don't dislike anyone to be honest. I wasn't attached to any other character besides Mercy and found everyone okay and somewhat likable in their own way.
The best thing about the ending could be that it ended happily. The worst part about it was the fact that it lacked the essence of a good cliffhanger. I don't feel like reading the next installments because of that.
To sum it all up, Moon Called is the best with a snarky, sarcastic protagonist, a plot that fed my romantic girly side, and an ending that will make you happy and relieved. Altogether Patricia Briggs still manages to write beautifully with wonderful dialogue and style. Despite the books flaws, I say - why not read the next following books! It might surprise me.
By Perri Harcus 04 Aug 2012
Moon Called By Patricia Briggs
Very entertaining. I enjoyed this book from the very start, it's was
imaginative, adventurous, Dangerous and humorous. One of my reasons
for loving this book was the fact that is was different and unique.
Mrs. Briggs brought about a whole different world, but never really
just sticking to one species, she mixes it around, which make it all the
Moon Called is written in first person from the perspective of Mercy.
She is a most likeable character, strong and yet strangely humble at the
same time (which probably comes from her being a coyote who hangs
I love Mercy's character she is not your average damsel in distress nonsense that most authors write about these days, she's different. I admire the fact that she is not a werewolf, but that of a Walker, a Skin changer.
I love Samuel and Adam, both are incredible men that both love mercy for different reasons. Both are powerful dominant males, Adam being the alpha of the Columbia Basin pack and Samuel being the Marrok's son. Both have immaculate personalities and both complete opposites.
The vampires in this book are all quite unpleasant apart from Stefan who is Mercy's friend. It will be interesting to see how the author develops the vampires in later books, because although Moon Called is a standalone story there are more books planned with Mercy as the central character.
But after reading this book my favourite character has to be the Bran, the Marrok. You do not see much of him in this novel but what you do see of him, is the best parts in the book. He is by far the most mysterious and most fascinating character, I cannot wait to read more of him in the upcoming books in the series.
Mercy is obviously the focus of the story and although she isn't a werewolf, she is tied up with the werewolves so closely that it almost feels like Moon Called is a book about werewolves. In best fantasy fiction tradition there are a few hints that Mercy might turn out to be a more powerful character in the future but we will just have to wait and see....
I recommend this book for its fast paced exciting adventure story line as well as its well written characters. Anyone who likes fantasy fiction set in an alternative present day setting with a strong female lead character will love this book.
I rate this book, Five Stars
By Smash Attack 17 Aug 2010
In Mercy's world, the lesser fae have been forced out of hiding (and consequently placed in reservation-like areas) because of increasing advances in technology and forensic science. However, the greater fae and other supernatural beings (weres, vampires, witches, etc) have remain hidden from society's incredulous eyes. And, they'd like to keep it that way. In walks Mac, a teen werewolf that Mercy immediately senses is not part of the local pack. She gives the kid a job and looks into finding him refuge with the local weres. She has lived right behind the Alpha, Adam, for a number of years and has a good relationship with his family. Unfortunately, trouble is following Mac around, and Mercy finds herself knee-deep in a supernatural showdown!
First, I must say that I absolutely love how Briggs came to name this novel. I really love creative names for books, and this one is so fantastic. It might not seem so out-of-the-blue because the book is about werewolves, after all, but once you read it, you'll understand. Or, maybe I'm just silly. Who cares.
Secondly, I was shocked that Mercy isn't a werewolf! And while werewolves are a major part of the story, Mercy is something entirely different. I absolutely love the history about what she is. Awesomeness.
Thirdly, Mercy is a character that you are immediately drawn to. She is so warm and engaging but she can take care of herself and isn't afraid to fight. She is loyal, compassionate, intelligent, hardheaded, independent and fierce! I absolutely love the relationship she has with the Alpha's daughter, Jesse. It warms my heart!
Fourthly, Briggs' is a fantastic writer. Seriously. She can keep you in suspense and draw out a conspiracy theory that will keep you guessing until the very end. She also develops characters very well, and I honestly really like a ton of the secondary characters in this series! Oh, and then there is the oh-so-obvious-but-not-written-obvious love triangle. Wonder what happens there...
Fifthly, more Adam, please! And Madea.
"MS. THOMPSON, it said in heavy block letters, PLEASE KEEP YOUR FELINE OFF MY PROPERTY. IF I SEE IT AGAIN, I WILL EAT IT."
"Drink it," I told her. "It's good for what ails you. Caffeine and sugar. I don't drink it, so I ran over to your house and stole the expensive stuff in your freezer. It shouldn't be that bad. Samuel told me to make it strong and pour sugar into it. It should taste sort of like bitter syrup." She gave me a smile smile, then a bigger one, and plugged her nose before she drank it down in one gulp. "Next time, "she said in a hoarse voice, "I make the coffee."
"Mercy," he mumbled. "What the hell did you do to my French Roast."
By Cherry 05 Aug 2010
Masterpiece story telling quality which makes this book stand out in a congested genre! Character development is superb, giving us not just characters but friends to sympathize and empathize with. World building is believable. Seemlessly blending paranormal with modern society. Love Patricia Briggs!
By Cindy Bacon 08 Aug 2009
Moon Called is the first book the Mercy Thompson series and presents us a world of shape shifters, feys, vampires and likes.
Mercedes "Mercy" Thompson doesn't really fit in any category: she's a walker. Walkers are an almost disappeared species originating in north America along with the natives. They were known to hunt vampires when they first came in America, and vampires would return the favor. Mercy shape-shift into a coyote and isn't controlled by the moon. She was raised by a foster family in a werewolf community and her difference didn't make it easy.
She's now a mechanic specializing in German vehicles, owns the garage and is happy to mind her own business. Life is about to get spicier when a young werewolf shows up on her door steps looking for a job.
The world is very well built, lesser feys came out of the closest due to science progress, but superior feys, witches, vampires and werewolves are still hidden. They live in a very structured system: Wolves lives in packs ruled by the strongest Alpha, Vampires runs the economy taxing other supernatural beings and Witches gets their profit magically hiding all these activities. The balance is at stake tho with increasing advances in technology and forensic investigations and trouble is around the corner.
Briggs' suspense and conspiracies are very well written and we are left hanging until the very end.
Really liked Mercy with her strength and struggles, the males in the story are great to, gotta expect some macho and testosterone filled discussions among them. I am ordering the following books for sure.
Moon Called is an excellent read with plenty of twists and turns... Thoroughly satisfying, it left me wanting more. (Kim Harrison, author of Every Which Way Is Dead)A new novel by Patricia Briggs guarantees a good reading time. (Crescent Blues)