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Friday, June 23, 2006

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs



I just wanted to write a quick review of Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. Ms. Briggs website can be found here and here's the book at Amazon. I love this cover, by the way. Moon Called is a modern, urban fantasy that begs comparison to Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison or Charlaine Harris. This book takes place in an alternate universe where supernatural races live in secrecy side by side with humans. Recently, the fae decided to make themselves public, with mixed results, and other races are pondering whether or not to follow suit. Mercy Thompson, a Washington auto mechanic, knows a lot more than your average person about the non-humans. In fact she is non-human herself. While I doubt that knowing her identity would spoil one's enjoyment of the book, I'll leave that a surprise. Anyway, Mercy's adventures get off to a start when a new werewolf shows up at her garage looking for work. Sensing that he needs help, Mercy puts him in touch with her friend and neighbor, local Alpha werewolf Adam. Things begin to unravel from there.

This was a solid read. I liked it. The characterization was good, particularly Mercy. She was a strong woman, without being grating or sassy. She really just came off as smart, and that includes being smart enough to know when to stand and fight and knowing when to let others take the lead. In light of the book I am currently attempting, I really appreciate this (the heroine makes me want to gouge my eyes out so I have to stop reading). It wasn't my favorite, but then I'm not a huge werewolf fan. Except for Kelley Armstrong's (just because I like those particular characters), they bore me a bit. It's always like Pack hierarachy, yadda, yadda, yadda, mates, yadda yadda yadda, challenges, yadda, yadda, yadda. However, if you do enjoy werewolf books, or you are a fan of the authors I mentioned at the beginning, Moon Called is definitely worth a read. There is not much romance, but a love triangle is set up at the end, between Mercy and two werewolves, that could be interesting. Currently, their motives seem a bit murky and I like that. There will be more, and I'll check 'em out of the library.

2 comments:

Valeen said...

ohhhhh ... I love that cover!

Great review! I'll have to see if this is at the library. :)

Dance Chica said...

I blogged about this book myself I loved it so much! Definitely one of the better books in the paranormal market. I simply loved Mercy. Can't wait to see what's next. Oh! And I like Kelley Armstrong too. :)