This took me a while to get into, but it was well-worth it. :) The main character, Mercy, is very likable but I felt the story didn't get going until half-way thru. There are lot of characters here who sort of come and go -- it makes them hard to keep track of -- but I think that will not be a problem as the series continues. Also, it didn't distract from the story at all.
This is a well-written book, with a good premise. Sort of a werewolf-based mystery. I love the author's take on werewolf culture; and her creativity with Mercedes particular brand of magic. The writing is crisp, welcoming and enjoyable. Her characters are nicely non-perfect, and all the more interesting for it. I am eagerly waiting for the next book because I think this is going to be a GREAT series to read.
Female mechanic Mercy Thompson, a coyote shapeshifter very familiar with werewolves, tries to help a newly turned werewolf but things go awry and she finds herself entangled in a complex plot. A couple of people mentioned that this was a little slow to get into - I didn't have this problem at all. I liked Mercy's character, probably for two main reasons. One was that she is smart. Throughout the book she trusts her instincts (true she second guesses herself on one point, but her instincts seem to be right). Also, as she tries to figure out the big picture and what is going on, she asks good questions and also figures out some things pretty quickly when she gets a good clue. I prefer that over a heroine who sits around confused and asks whats going on and the other characters who figured it out have to explain it to her for the reader to understand. The second reason is the way she handled the males in this story. But to go into more detail would be a spoiler. An enjoyable read. There will be a sequel - "Blood Bound" which I'm looking forward to. I'm probably going to look for more books by this author, this is the first book of her's I've read.
The Mercy Thompson books are very well written and I must say it took me by surprise. I had a bad experience with Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series which started out great and then turned into weird erotica nonsense. This is nothing like that. It's science fiction the way it should be. I couldn't put either book down and found myself staying up late to finish. The heroine is independant yet maintains her femininity. Mercy Thompson was raised by werewolves but is a walker - a shape-shifter whose animal form is a coyote. As described on the back of one of the books, Mercy has friends in high and low places and often finds herself in somewhat dangerous situations. She always pulls through, of course, with a little help from her friends. Try it, there's a lot to like about Patricia Briggs's writing and characterizations. I can't wait for the next book! :-)
really nice series on a female shapeshifter (she can change instantly into a coyote without going thru the whole werewolf thing about morphing your body)..anyway, not much sex (which is nice for a change!), not much violence (which is nice for a change!) and she's a female car mechanic (which is nice for a change!). Enjoy.
Nice series opener. It was a little bogged down in introducing a pantheon of characters, but managed to carry plenty of plot in the mixture. Good to see a paranormal where werewolves are the primary protagonists. Recommended. :)