Dance when the moon sings, and don’t cry about troubles that haven’t yet come.
Published: January 31, 2006
Publisher: ACE Books
Pages: 287 (Mass Market Paperback)
Series: Mercy Thompson #1
There are other things, though, thing that hide in the dark, that are much, much worse – vampires are just the tip of the iceberg.
Mercedes Thompson, aka Mercy, 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…
Friends! Why did you let me wait so long to read this novel! Oh my goodness! I was just thinking a few weeks ago about how much I wanted a series that was paranormal/urban fantasy like the Sookie Stackhouse series and then boom, my new supervisor leaves this for me on my desk my second day!
I enjoyed this novel so much and it was such a wonderful set up for a series I’m sure is going to be a fast favorite for me. I think for an intro novel to a series this had the perfect mix of lots of information so you felt informed, but not too much to where you were confused or overwhelmed. Whenever entering a new series, especially a paranormal romance or urban fantasy, you need that information about the magical elements within the story because every author does it differently and it’s obviously a central part to this story. This was the perfect satisfying start to this series and I’ll be heading into the next one well versed in Werewolf/Vampire/Fae culture.
Overall this story reads almost like a mystery or even a romantic suspense in some ways. The central plot here being a kidnapping/murder ring involving both new made werewolves and Mercy’s neighborhood Alpha. It was a great storyline and the plot was fast paced but not too fast that I felt rushed, which I think is a testament to the author’s writing ability, especially since this was just over 250 pages in length. The steam level was lacking sorely and I can’t lie, it disappointed me. But I think I can forgive it because it’s set us up for a good hit of romance in the next novel, maybe even a love triangle to boot.
The author’s writing skills are incredibly solid and I think she has some serious skill for writing and character creation. I’m not sure if this was her first published work because I know she has other books, but it definitely didn’t feel like a debut if it was. It was just so damn enjoyable and the way she created this hyper realistic world that was only a touch more magical than ours was spellbinding. I do love to read about fantasy worlds but there’s something so fun about imagining that magic in your own city, neighborhood, and life.
I haven’t read an urban fantasy in SO long, that was basically my go-to genre in high school after finishing the Sookie Stackhouse novels, but this reminded me of all the things I was missing. I already cannot wait to pick up the next novel, just in time for Fall and Halloween!
The Mercy Thompson Series (2-6)