Patricia Briggs’ Moon Called – vampires, werewolves, coyotes, oh my!

In Moon Called, Patricia Briggs creates a thrilling community of werewolves, vampires, witches and other magical creatures that have been hiding from the human world. Until recently.

The first installment in the Mercy Thompson series introduces the feisty heroine and her paranormal friends. There’s Stefan, the deceptively friendly vampire; Elizaveta the snooty Russian witch; Adam the Alpha of the local werewolf pack; and Samuel, Mercy’s one-time sweetheart and son of the most powerful werewolf in America, Bran. Mercy herself has the unique ability to shift into a coyote (“One moment I’m a person and the next a coyote: pure magic”).

The novel recants many of the same ideas in other popular paranormal stories, but does it with a new energy and an interesting, no-nonsense heroine. A little brash and extremely stubborn, Mercy bumps heads with every character, but manages to attract the attention of three powerful males in the story. The readers sense that Mercy is more important than she understands. Briggs avoids confirming their suspicions by the end of this first novel.

This paranormal page-turner is full of plot twists and little hints that there is more going on than meets the eye. Moon Called leaves the readers more than ready for another dose of Mercy Thompson.

Read the series in order: Moon Called, Blood Bound, Iron Kissed, Bone Crossed, and Silver Borne.

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