Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The shapeshifting mechanic returns

Mercedes Thompson, coyote/mechanic, returns in her second riveting adventure. Her friend Stephen, the vampire who helped her out in the first novel, comes to her house asking for a favor. She owes him one, but even if she didn't, she would still be willing to help him out - he's a friend, after all (even if he is a vampire). He needs a second pair of eyes and ears to bear witness to a meeting, and if Mercy accompanies him in her coyote form, he's sure the other party won't think she's anything but an unusual pet. She'll watch and listen, then fill him in on her view of events after the meeting. In and out, easy and quick.

Of course, the meeting is anything but easy and quick, and the consequences drag Mercy into vampire politics, werewolf troubles, and demons up to no good. Mercy's unique shapechanging abilities single her out as the only one with the potential to defeat an immensely powerful adversary - only Mercy isn't too sure exactly what the ramifications of her powers are and why they are uniquely helpful to her in the first place. Those who know about her heritage are reluctant to tell her because it might give her power over them, never mind the fact that with out that knowledge, Mercy will be severely handicapped when she faces a foe that threatens them all.

Adding to the confusion of Mercy's life is her unwillingness to be subordinate to Adam, the handsome alpha werewolf she's very attracted to, combined with the presence of Seth, her old flame/new roommate. Mercy's troubles make for fast-paced, page-turning reading with characters who are believable, both human and nonhuman, especially a very engaging heroine.

Books (so far) in the Mercy Thompson series:
  1. Moon Called
  2. Blood Bound
  3. Iron Kissed (to be published in January 2008)
Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs (Ace, 2007)

4 comments:

  1. it's so hard to find a good mechanic these days!

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  2. I have both Moon Called and Blood Bound on my shelf. Just waiting for me to pick them up!!

    I love your taste in reading material, by the way!! Very similiar to mine!

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  3. I'm STILL waiting on Moon Called. I hope I get it before I go to Georgia for two weeks.

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  4. Molly - ha! I'd take Mercy, though, over most of the mechanics who've worked on my car. :-)

    Thanks, Stephanie - and right back at you. You are responsible for so many of the books in my towering tbr pile! I'll be looking forward to hearing what you think of these.

    Ladytink - I hope your copy comes in soon! Although now that I've read both of them, I'm stuck waiting for the next one to come out. And even though that will be in just a few weeks, once I read THAT one, you know it'll be a long wait! Sigh.

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