©2006 Patricia Briggs; (P)2009 Penguin
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
This is the first of a series written by Patricia Brigs. Mercy is a walker-coyote who lives among werewolves and vampires. Although we are at the end of the wave of this set of creatures as a fad, this novel does an excellent job of weaving plot. This novel is not a romance, although a love triangle is formed. This series reminds me of the Stephanie Plum series except Mercy is more serious and less, well, air-headed.
Also, the series is narrated by Lorelei King. I love, love, love her narration. She also does the Stephanie Plum series -- one of the reason it reminds me of the series.
This plot is a who-dun-nit to whom and why plot line. Anyone who likes thrillers, mysteries in a fantasy context will like this book. It is suitable for YA on up and it is a very easy listen. I recommend it.
Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.
I am a big fan of this genre (read: Dresden Files, Iron Druid Chronicles). Unfortunately, this one didn't move me to the same degree. I certainly don't regret the credit I spent on it and there was no part where the story bogged down and became a slog. I'm just not totally convinced to drop more credits on the rest of the series.
I like the world Briggs has created with elements of the square community (vanilla humans) beginning to confront the arcane community (werewolves, vampires, the fae) openly. The idea of some fae already being revealed to the world but many still maintaining their secret is a good setup.
Mercy herself, with her modest known abilities and the hints about much greater abilities, is similarly well set up to be a source of magical and human conflict.
The supporting cast of characters is well developed without forcing it. This is particularly well done because Briggs is working against a tendency to make all beings of a sort, like werewolves, have similar personalities. While hers have similar traits, they are very distinct.
Also there is plenty of action, preternatural and otherwise.
My major problem with the book is that Mercy lacks agency within the plot. There are some moments in the story when her actions are pivotal to the scene, but you get the feeling that the outcome didn't result because of any of Mercy's major decisions, actions or insights. Sure, she figures out the mystery one half second before everyone else, but it is at the point where it is already moot. Mercy doesn't drive the story; the story pulls her along. That's fine in the beginning of a story, but as it progresses, you want to see your protagonist take control.
King's telling of the story is good. She does a husky man voice passing fair; I liked her take on foreign accents. One issue I would take is that Mercy is supposed to be early 30s and I feel like King has her dialed in at about mid 40s. But generally, a sound reading.
The World According to JimG944
A 4 of 5 stars rating for the Werewolf novel Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) by Patricia Briggs. Set in the pacific northwest of the USA, this book exposes that "fae" (supernatural creatures) live among us and have only partially "come out of the closet". Mercy is a shape shifter (traditional American Indian style: woman become coyote; not a werewolf). She lives near a wolf pack though is not a member. Mercy becomes involved in the politics of the pack or more precisely the politics come to her door step. Well written, interesting characters, interesting "world". The payload of this book was a bit light-weight, but, opens to door to more stories. Hence, I will likely continue with this series of novels. I do recommend this book.
Not something I would normally read but Audible suggested during a sale s I gave it a chance. DAM YOU AUDIBLE! When I finally got around to listening, I some how got sucked into it and was buying the series without my credits. I think the books are geared more to women than heterosexual men I have no problem saying I loved them. I always want to say Lorelei King deserves a lot of credit for making this a good book to listen too.
The writing in this is solid, the characters are interesting and not especially stereotypical. Too bad the book cover make this appear to be a harlequin-lite, I'm sure it turns off more than a few people like myself who wouldn't touch that kind of moronic fluff normally! A $4 sale made me willing to take a chance on this, glad I did!
Wonderful series! The author and the reader are an incredible team. This series is a great mixture of fantasy, suspense, action and romance. The characters are really rich and fun. The romance between the two main characters really enhances the story, but doesn't bog the story down. I don't read romance novels, but a little romance and sex in a book like this is fun. The author develops the romance between the two characters thru the series and makes it intriguing to watch. It's fun, sexy and easy to believe. Each book is complete enough to stand alone, but it's better to read the books in order since some things are built on what occurred in a previous book, but not dependent on it. The reader is really good and is able to develop voices and stay true to them thru the series; you know exactly who is speaking all the time. I highly recommend this series and have to a lot of people!
I'm a fan of fantasy. This book, being mostly about werewolves, is a bit out of my general reading territory, but was definitely worth listening to. The characters are well done and interesting and the plot makes you want to keep listening. I definitely recommend it.
I exercise while listening to audiobooks. I would extend my workouts just to hear what was happening next. This book is a supernatural mystery with a little romance thrown in. The characters and the supernatural world the author creates are interesting and three dimensional. I highly recommend this audiobook.
I love it when I can read a book for a second time and enjoy even more than the first time. There are a few book worlds that I hate to leave and Mercy's world is one of them. When I finished reading Fire Touched recently, I wanted more Mercy so I decided it was time to listen to some of the audiobooks from this series that have been sitting in my audible account for a couple of years. I was surprised by how much more I liked it this time around.
This is the first book in the Mercy Thompson series and it does a really good job of introducing a large number of the key players in the series. This book is one of the really great first books in an urban fiction series. All of the world building works nicely into the plot. The book opens with a lot of excitement and you just kind of learn how things work as the plot moves forward.
I loved going back to spend time with an earlier Mercy. She is such a wonderful character. She is extremely brave in this story despite being fully aware of her limitations. She is smart and able to make good decisions under pressure. She really shows a protective side in this story with both Mac and Jesse which I really liked. It was really fun spending time with Adam, Samuel, Bran, Zee, Stephen, Jesse, Warren, and the rest of gang in this book.
The mystery in this book was solid. When a young werewolf ends up in Mercy's garage, she quickly learns that some strange things are happening. Adam is quickly pulled into the mystery and is actually quite vulnerable during much of this book. Mercy and the werewolves must find out what is going on and what their motives are in order to keep everyone safe. I really liked seeing how many things from later in the series were foreshadowed in this book. There were so many things that I didn't pick up on during my first reading.
It took me a few minutes to adjust to the narration of this audiobook. Don't get me wrong, I thought the narration was great in the end but Mercy is a character that I have been reading about for years so I had a preconceived notion about what her voice should sound like. The narrator didn't match the voice in my head at the beginning of the story but by the end her voice was Mercy's. I think that the narrator did a fabulous job with all of the different character voices. I really enjoyed how much emotion came across in her reading of the story. I definitely plan to listen to more audiobooks featuring Lorelei King's narration.
I would highly recommend this book and series to fans of urban fiction. The Mercy Thompson series along with the Alpha & Omega series which is set in the same world are among my favorites. This is a series that is best read in order so this book is a great starting point. I am looking forward to re-reading the second book in the series very soon.
I have loved the Mercy Thompson books for years!This audiobook breathes new life to this series. The narrator is fantastic, and the plot is A-plus.
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