Posted January 12, 2012 by The Captain in All Reviews

Review: Moon Called (Mercy Thompson book #1) by Patricia Briggs

TLDR recap:

Mercy Thompson got a History degree and ended up working as a Volkswagen mechanic.  She’s also a coyote shapeshifter with the local uber hottie alpha werewolf for a neighbor.  Like the Coyote of Navajo legend, trouble and danger seem to follow wherever she goes.  She also can’t seem to turn away from someone in need – even if they’re a young lone wolf with control issues.  Moon Called is a GraveTells Recommended Read!

  • Title: Moon Called
  • Series: Mercy Thompson
  • Author: Patricia Briggs
  • Prominent Characters: Mercy, Adam, Samuel, Bran, Stephan, Zee
  • Recommended reader age: 16+
  • Sexual content level: none


*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***


Moon Called is the start to one of my favorite series.  I love a great smutty romance, but I also have a huge chunk of my heart reserved for Urban Fantasy with bite.  With Mercy Thompson, there is very little sex, and the sex that does happen is largely off camera or very delicately described. Now, it does make me a little sad cause I know that I’d love love LOVE to see what exactly Adam can throw down.  I have a feeling that it would be unforgettable.  ๐Ÿ™‚  However, that just isn’t Patricia Briggs’ style.  And I’m okay with that.  Mostly.

(So, onto zee book in question.  Just wanted to give y’all a heads up if you weren’t familiar with Mercy’s books yet.)

Starting off with one of those famous story plots “A stranger comes into town,” Moon Called grips you by the bal- uh, throat – from chapter one.  Even the dips in the story arc that let you catch your breath are filled with tension and offer little respite from the driving plot action and mystery.  There are bad and good guys aplenty with loads of people also falling into a grey area.

I always find the grey area people the most intriguing.  They don’t really fit into any kind of mold no matter how you try to stuff them in, and that makes for better story telling.  It forces questions about how their decisions are going to affect our hero and heroine, what kind of mischief will they stir up, and just what side of the battle they’re going to align with.

The Mercy Thompson universe introduces a whole new world to the Urban Fantasy landscape that is entirely Briggs’ own.  She takes legendary creatures from many different cultures and somehow weaves them all together into a world that is entirely believeable and unforgettable.  It will make you watch those neighbors that you just thought were random weirdos a little more closely, that’s for sure.  You never know what could be hiding under a magic glamour, after all.

If you haven’t met Mercy yet, you’ll love her.  She’s smart, funny, unfaillingly loyal, and a master at keeping the much bigger and stronger werewolves around her constantly on their toes.  As a coyote shifter who grew up with a pack of werewolves, she had to adapt early to their pack laws.  (Which is actually a matter of survival.  Coyotes are much, much smaller than werewolves, mmmkay?)

I really enjoy that the author has woven some of the things that drive those of us with coyotes in our environment crazy into Mercy’s personality.  They adapt to almost any environment, are intelligent, quick, inquisitive, and able to change up tactics in a blink.

Moon Called mixes danger, bad guys, magic, the Fey, werewolves, and a certain sorta scary Russian witch together in a blender and gives you a delicious dessert to savor many times over.  It’s the a great start to a series that has spawned another called “Alpha and Omega” starring two characters from the Mercy-verse that is just as fun and actually more sexy. ๐Ÿ™‚ (For those of you in search of Smex Beam action.  Although again, not a lot of it.)


Memorable quotes:

Good advice for anyone, right here:

“Livin’s easier than dyin’ most times, Mercy girl,” he said kindly, repeating my foster father’s favorite saying.  “Dance when the moon sings, and don’t cry about troubles that haven’t yet come.”


Oh, the trouble of dealing with sexy alpha males and their egos…

“Patronizing bastard, ” I muttered, driving my van through the empty streets of East Kennewick.  “I am not pack.  He does not have the right to tell me what to do or how to do it.  He has no right to yell at me for talking to the vampires.  He is not my keeper.”


If you liked Moon Called of the Mercy Thompson series…

I recommend the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong for unbelievable world building and a whole bunch of supernaturals who live right alongside humans with increasingly dangerous results.  The couples are sexy and fascinating, the world building first class, and the mysteries abound.  There’s also more sex than Mercy Thompson’s books, if that’s important to you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

You can also find yourself in the land of Riley Jensen, Cat and Bones of the Night Huntress series, or strolling through Cincinnati with Rachel Morgan and company.  All awesome UF with Smex Beam, danger, alpha males, scary monsters, and to the death struggles.


Final thoughts:

If you’re an Urban Fantasy fan like me, the Mercy Thompson series and it’s sister series Alpha and Omega should be on your bok shelves.  It only gets better after book one as the layers are peeled from increasingly complex characters and a world that is never as simple as it seems.  I love Mercy and the world she lives in.  Those books are on the go to list for when I’m broke or owe the library too much money and need something new to read.

Moon Called is a GraveTells Recommended Read!

Rating: Moon Called


Related links:

Patricia Briggs’ website here.


The Captain

When not in pursuit of two small children, a sausage shaped black lab, workaholic husband, crazed hermit crab, bachelor's degree, Jensen Ackles, or editors, I spend time writing and reading PNR/UF as fast as my overtaxed eyes and fingers can read and type. I'm busily writing a series with plenty of Smex Beam deployment and the occasional short story. I am susceptible to bribes involving chocolate, peanut butter, and interesting combinations of the two.