BOOK: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (2006)

You know what I hate?  I hate it when really entertaining fantasy/horror novels have covers that are as embarrassing to carry around as the cover of this novel is.  Really?  That chick is an auto mechanic — she works on cars with that much cleavage showing?  That’s a really good way to burn your nipples off, lady.  I’m just saying.  Put on some coveralls, already.

But, bad art aside, did you catch the part where I said this book was really entertaining?  Because it really, really was!  And not only that, it was surprisingly well-written to boot.  I had nary a quibble with the writing at all, wonder of wonders, and I found the characters interesting, realistic, and easy to relate to, too — despite the fact they’re all a bunch of werewolves and vampires.

The story is about a female car mechanic (Mercy), who is a special kind of human who can change into a coyote.  In the beginning of this installment, the first in a series, Mercy meets a young man who has recently been transformed into a werewolf and doesn’t yet know how to control his urges.  She takes him under her wing, only to find him murdered a few days later.  As she investigates what happened to him, she finds herself mixed up with an old family of werewolves she used to be close to — before a romance gone bad — as well as a group of vampires, some of whom are nicer than others.

The story is engaging and well crafted, and I liked Mercy immediately.  I also thought the world Briggs invented — especially the way all these various types of creatures operate and relate to each other — was extremely thoughtful and original.  This is definitely a step above most novels of this genre, and if you can get past the damn cover (argh!), and you like these sorts of things, I think you’re in for an excellent time.



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3 Responses to “BOOK: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (2006)”

  1. nolaleigh Says:

    I loved this book when I read it–could not put it down. 🙂

  2. Rochelle Says:

    I love the Mercy series. I started it because it has my one requirement for reading a book. Vampires are featured and/or mentioned briefly. (That is how my sister got me to read Harry Potter, she said, vampires are mentioned briefly in like part 5). And so I read A LOT of “paranormal romance” and “urban fantasy”. Many of them suck, but actually being good does not enter into the requirement. But the Mercy series is actually good for many of the reasons you mention. I actually think Mercy herself would be a little put out at the covers.

  3. Haidee Says:

    yep, loved these. There is also an Australian series but for the life of me I can’t remember the author’s name. When I remember I will let you know.

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