In a world with kick-ass supernatural heroines, Moon Called is kick-ass fun. Mercy Thompson is a Native-American coyote shifter with the grit and courage of a Bengal tiger.
She not only doesn't fear the local alpha, but she also takes great pleasure in taunting him. Nestled in her single-wide trailer, she positions a wheelless old junker on blocks in the field that separates their two properties, and she does it in such a way that he will see it every time he looks out of the window of his sprawling mansion.
One of the things I really appreciated about how Patricia Briggs is the way she takes her time to build her characters. All too often, authors, in an attempt to develop the quintessentially strong, independent character, end up missing the mark and lurching off into snarky, petulant, and for me, irritatingly irredeemable. Not so with Mercy.
If you are tired of cliffhanger endings, you will find each of the Mercy Thomson stories is its own adventure. Recurring characters with storylines? Yes, there are. Moon Called is indeed the start of a long series where you will find lots of fun to enjoy with each new episode. Give it a try.
Shelley Lee Riley - Author of the debut novel Into Madness, Book One in the Born From Stone Saga, and the memoir Casual Lies - A Triple Crown Adventure