Wednesday, July 05, 2006

#37 Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

My Rating: 7 out of 10 stars

I enjoyed this book, not one of the best I’ve ever read like the previous reviewers already stated, but I see it as a good start to a new series, and by the end, I was curious to see what would happen between Mercy and Adam, or Mercy and Samuel.

The book strays a bit from what I’ve come to expect with regards to werewolves and vampires, and even introduces a new type of paranormal called a “walker” which Mercy is, she can shapeshift into a coyote, a gift from her Native American ancestry. Though she’s often shunned by the werewolves, Mercy discovers that in many ways she’s just as capable and able as the fuller-bodied wolves, and is even immune to many forms of witch and vampire magic and thralls that the werewolves don’t have. She’s tough and doesn’t let people push her around so I really liked her character for that reason alone, particularly since I’ve previously read some books where the main character is more of a wishy washy female who can’t seem to think for herself. She’s no Anita Blake, and I’d be hard pressed to put anyone in the same category as Anita, but I found her a strong and interesting character nonetheless.

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Anonymous said...

You mentioned that Mercy is not like Anita... That's one of the things I liked best about her! I liked that Mercy was limited in her powers, unlike Anita, who seems ever more omnipotent as the series progresses. Yes, Mercy has some immunity to magic, but when she's in coyote form, she's just a little, 35-pound coyote. She doesn't have the super-strength or super-speed of the wolves, and certainly not their size. Other than her immunity to magic, she doesn't have anything else in her bag of power tricks from which to choose. She gets by on her intelligence, courage, and competence...and with a little help from her friends. Frankly, I could not be more thrilled that Mercy is not much like the angst-ridden and seemingly unstoppable Anita.

I'm with you on the rating, though... I think 7 out of 10 is fair. The plot got a little convoluted for me at the end. The real motivations of the bad guys and what they were trying to accomplish seemed murky. But I loved the characters and the dynamics among them.

Cherie said...

LOL the omnipotent Anita. I like that. It's so very true though. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)