Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Review - Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
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Rating: 4.5 stars
Summary: 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.
Thoughts: Moon Called is a brilliant book!
Mercy is fierce yet knows her limits, independent but understanding of Alpha (literally) males, sweet but sexy, funny and, well, just plain wonderful. It is so hard to find a heroine that you can love just for themselves - and Mercy is one of them. Whatever she says or does, I trust her because she is Mercy. Even if she did something I would never, ever do - instead of sitting there chastising her, I understand her. It really is a wonderful feeling to have, especially in a book told in the first person.
Lots and lots of plot. Romance comes very much in the background to this story, even though it is still there. Brilliant universe construction that in no way dragged - I was sucked into the verse without being yanked. Amazing, really.
A triangle is set up in the book - and while at first I was apprehensive - Briggs pulls it off. Neither one of her heroes is perfect, and Mercy is not willing to bounce back and forth between them. I know the triangle becomes more fleshed out in later books, but in Moon Called it was a rather minor role.
Bottom line? Amazing start to what is going to be a great series. I'd highly recommend this to everyone I know! If you are looking for a book to introduce you to Urban Fantasy - this would be a great one to start with!