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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.
©2006 Patricia Briggs; (P)2009 Penguin

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I Love It!

I can't believe I waited so long to start this series! I just finished the first book in the series and it was great, well written with a lot of action. I will definitely be reading the other books in the series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I should have listened to it long time ago!!!

I have seen this book a while ago. by that i mean 2 years or so..... I don't know why i didn't buy it back then.... but oh how sorry i am for not buying it before.... it was so good and so interesting, loved the characters and the narration. going to get the next books and am already looking forward to them.

Highly recommended.

Enjoy!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • HAZEL PARK, MI, United States
  • 08-18-10

WONDERFUL BOOK!

One of the better supernatural being stories written today. I am a lover of vampire / werewolf / magic beings stores and because of that I have read a lot of them. I found this one very entertaining and very enjoyable to "read". I will not call it the best, but I will definitely complete series in the VERY near future. I know others have called it a rip off of certain stories, but that can be said about a lot of stories. You probably could call almost all books published today a rip off of someone / something. A totally new idea is very rare in my opinion. I could be wrong, but if author writes about things people do not want to read, they most likely will be looking for another profession.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Anne
  • Evans, GA, USA
  • 09-13-09

Love this series

This is a great urban fantasy series! This is the first book and I'm glad to see it on Audible and hope that Books 2&3 also come to Audible soon. Mercy is a VW mechanic working in Washington State. She is also a Walker who turns into a coyote who was raised by werewolves. She bought her shop from a gremlin, fixes her vampire friend's van (he's a Scooby-Doo fan) and lives next door to the Alpha of the local werewolf pack. Although the Fey have come out in public, most people don't believe in werewolves, walkers or vampires. She is trying to stay out of the public eye until one day a young, staving werewolf shows up asking for work -under the table. Mac is a young teenager who was attached and forced to change into a werewolf and then sold to people who are using him for drug testing. Suddenly, Mercy is pulled back to the world of the werewolves which she left at 16.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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A new favorite

I finished listening to Moon Called and immediately bought the whole series in print and read them in a week. I then bought the audio of the 5th book of the series. To me the 1st and 5th were the best, but the whole series is extremely well done. Original and witty. Love that the female character is gutsy and independant. Romance is well integrated but definately not the focal. Could listen to this at work with out being worried about what others would over hear. Wasnt crazy about the voice of the male lead in Moon Called but for the record, by the last book this narrator was in her stride and every voice was perfectly suited to the characters. Other great thing about these as audio is that they are not that long but long enough. Best book this year that i have downloaded.

21 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • brenty
  • United States
  • 05-28-15

Great characters, mediocre story

I suspect that this whole book is a setup for the series as a whole. It had a lot of character introduction and development, but the story was forgettable. I really don't remember anything that happened; I really wasn't engaged by it at all.

But man, I really loved the characters, and the narrator was fantastic. I'm not inspired to immediately get the next book, but I know I will in time!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Benjamin
  • Silver Spring, MD, United States
  • 04-08-13

Liked not Loved

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.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I (didn't) like vampires

I DON'T like vampire books. Don't. But ... somehow I missed that this one is about vampires, werewolves, etc, ordered and listened ... and quite enjoyed it. I guess good story telling trumps lame topic.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Sandy
  • Colorado
  • 10-01-10

I Listen Over and Over

As the review title implies, I've listened to this book (and series) more than once. After having purchased more than 100 audio books, I've gotten picky. I want my books to be good, really good. And this entire series lives up to the hype, so much so that every few months, I listen to them again.
One of the things makes this book so good for me is that it isn't all graphic sex scenes. Mercy is a strong, independent woman who seems to have a knack for getting herself into trouble with the fae, vampires, werewolves... you name it and Mercy comes in to contact with it. There is lots of action with a little romance thrown in (romance, not graphic sex).
My daughter won't even listen to this series because she doesn't like the voice of the narrator, but I don't have a problem with Lorelei King. Although her voice is a little deeper than you would expect, I think she does a fine job.
This series, along with Carrie Vaughn's Kitty series and JR Ward's BDB series, is one of the best, in my opinion.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful

I loved reading the Mercy Thompson series but I loved listening to it more. I have read all the books from this series and the Alpha and Omega series and was delighted to find that the Mercy Thompson series was now available in audiobook format. The narrator did an excellent job, I got totally lost in the book and didn't even think about the voices. I hope that the other books in the series are coming soon, I have a long commute to work and I'd love to be able to fill the time in listening to what's happening with Mercy.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful