Moon Called by Patricia Briggs book review on Books That Hook

Moon Calledby Patricia Briggs
Series:Mercy Thompson #1
Published byPenguin on January 31, 2006
Genres:Urban Fantasy
Pages: 298
Format: Paperback
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Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy’s next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy’s connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water…

MOON CALLED is the first book in the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.

  • Point of View: first person
  • Setting: Eastern Washington/Montana
  • Tense: past
  • Pet Peeves: none

Jennifer’s Review of MOON CALLED

Brief Summary of the Plot

Mercy Thompson, a VW mechanic, is a coyote shifter. When a young werewolf asks for her help, she gets involved in fighting werewolves who seem determined to destroy other werewolves, for reasons Mercy has to figure out. She turns to her neighbor, the local pack Alpha, Adam, for help. Things get worse, Adam is hurt, and she has to turn to her foster father (another Alpha named Bran) for assistance.

My Thoughts about…

Mercy is a terrific heroine. She is strong, yet vulnerable. She’s the type of woman who has no problem with independence, but is smart enough to realize when she needs help from other people.

Adam fits the role of Alpha well without being an a-hole. He’s easy to like. Samuel, on the other hand, is easy to dislike. Briggs did an excellent job with characterization.

I really liked some of the minor characters like Mercy’s vampire friend, Mercy’s old boss, and Adam’s daughter. Even the supporting characters are well-developed.

The story is fast paced. It never lags or drags, even when there is backstory.

I liked how the reader can try to figure out what’s going on alongside Mercy. Briggs made sure that I never had information that Mercy didn’t. I had to puzzle through it just like she did. Who is experimenting on werewolves? Who kidnapped Jessie? Why are they doing all this? I also liked that Mercy wasn’t always right in her conclusions, which added to the mystery.

  • Worldbuilding & Setting Details

To be honest, I didn’t pay much attention to the setting details or worldbuilding. This story is character-driven, and I don’t remember Briggs spending a lot of time on those elements, which was fine. The reader knows enough to enjoy the story.

As I said, the reader has the information she or he needs to enjoy the story. Briggs didn’t waste time or words on anything that wasn’t necessary. I appreciated that.

The plot was sound from start to finish. Everything fit together and made sense. I felt that the story was planned well to include some twists that didn’t seem too obvious.

Hooked or Not?

This wasn’t my first time reading MOON CALLED. I love the Mercy Thompson series, particularly because Briggs gives the reader all the fun of a paranormal novel without bogging it down with love and sex. There are some romantic subplots, but they don’t take over the story.

Another thing I appreciate about the Mercy Thompson series is how the author makes it realistic by allowing the characters, even the Alpha of the pack, to be hurt.

Mercy is somewhat the underdog, too. She’s smaller and weaker, but she can still be the heroine.

My only warning to readers who haven’t read the Mercy Thompson series is that it can be somewhat sad and dark at times. Briggs doesn’t hold back to spare the reader negative feelings. But, to me, that is part of the appeal.

I give MOON CALLED five stars (an A)! It is one of my favorite books. I would read this book over and over if I had the time.

Like many other people, I am totally hooked on Mercy Thompson. Hopefully, I will have time to re-read more of the books in this series, so I can share my thoughts about each one on Books That Hook. I have a couple of the newer books that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet, and my plan is to slowly work my way back through the series until I get to those.


I assume most people who are reading this review have already read MOON CALLED. I’d love to hear from people in the comments. What did you enjoy most about the first book?

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