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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (Audio)

Posted by Irish in Review1 Comment

Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks (Audio);  Ace (Print)
Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 01 Sept 2009 (Audio);  31 Jan 2006 (Print)
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 9781101057803 (Audio),  0441013813 (Paperback)
Format: Audio
Audio Length:  ? discs (~9 hrs)
Narrator: Lorelei King
Place(s) Traveled to: Tri-Cities,Washington // Montana
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Mercedes ‘Mercy’  Thompson Series Order
Prequel – Homecoming

Book 1 – Moon Called
Book 1.5 – Wolfsbane & Mistletoe (short story)
Book 2 – Blood Bound
Book 3 – Iron Kissed
Book 4 – Bone Crossed
Book 5 – Silver Borne
Book 6 – River Marked
Book 7 – Frost Burned (~Spring 2013)
First Line: I didn’t realize he was a werewolf at first.
Anyone who is a regular reader of my blog knows that I am not exactly a fan of werewolves. I’ve never been able to explain my dislike for these paranormal creatures but I’ve never been super thrilled with books I’ve read with them. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs is a notable exception to this. I’ve had a copy of Moon Called collecting dust on my shelf for who knows how many years always meaning to read it eventually but as any bibliophile knows eventually can often mean never. So I decided to use an credit for it one day and was very that I did.
Moon Called is different for many other werewolf stories that I read. For one, the main character Mercy isn’t a werewolf she’s a shapeshifter who shifts into a coyote but she was raised by a werewolf pack in Montana. She currently resides in Washington state and works as a mechanic and is a pretty strong alpha female. I loved her character. She’s strong and witty and even a little bit headstrong – which isn’t always the best trait and often gets her into trouble. She stumbles into a plot to create new werewolves and won’t rest until she ferrets out the one behind the plot.
Moon Called was a fast paced read and I hated getting out of the car at the end of the day. So much seemed to happen on every track that I didn’t want to stop listening. And I often didn’t as I had this book on my iPod so it was a bit more portable than one on CD. =) The narrator, Lorelai King, did a fantastic job with all the voices and bringing this story to life. She added just the right amounts of surprise and tension as called for by the story. Listening to her I could almost imaging that I was sitting across from Mercy as she told me her story.  I got lost in her voice and if I closed my eyes I could easily picture all that was described as if I was there, right in the thick of the action.
This book did have some typical genre cliches and there was some pontificating from the bad guys but overall I really enjoyed the story. I loved the characters and how they interacted with each other. I loved Mercy’s sense of humor and the tension between her and her neighbor, Adam. Mercy was strong when she needed to be but wasn’t afraid to ask for help either. She’s a character one can admire and I look forward to learning more about her in future books of this series. Now…to just find time to read them!

One Response to “Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (Audio)”

  1. Sharonluvscats

    I don’t care for werewolves much either. I just don’t find them as creepy as zombies or vampires. I like that this book takes place in Montana. Rob went to college out there. It’s now on my list of places to visit.