Release Date: First published January 31, 2006/ Audio unabridged edition released by Penguin Audio
Format: MP3 Audio
Pages: 288(Mass Paperback) / Audio Length: Approx 9 hours
Narrator: Lorelei King
Source: Library Borrow via Overdrive
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Date: March 26, 2014
Rating: 5 bookmarks
Synopsis: Mercedes "Mercy" Thompson is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy's next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy's connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water...
Let me start by saying that I think Mercy is one kick ass heroine. Seriously. She witty, quick on her feet and knows how handle tense situations, like almost being eaten by a wolf, with finesse. She befriends, werewolves, vampires and fae alike. Mercy is a Walker and doesn't fit into any of these groups, yet being that she was raised by wolves she fits right in.
I find it pretty interesting that Mercy's a shape-changer, not your run of the mill werewolf, but a coyote! In this world her kind are called Walkers. I've never read about that type of preternatural being before. Not only is it different, according to the book it's not even painful for her to change! I read a lot of Urban Fantasy, and I haven't read anything like this before, which in itself is awesome.
I enjoyed that the primary focus of the book was to find out who both kidnapped the local Alpha's daughter and killed a runaway new wolf that Mercy befriended. Secondary to the kidnapping/murders are Mercy's personal relationships, or lack there off. In the middle of all the drama she ends up going back to where she grew up with the pack and stumbles across an old flame, Samuel. She's pretty much over him. Or is she?
The history between Mercy and Samuel is pretty unique and history always has an impact on the future. Yet Mercy also has an attraction to Adam, the local pack Alpha. I like Mercy and Adam and what they could be. He's a traditional Alpha and is a bit much at times with all the pack mentality, but it is what it is. Samuel is just as bad a times, but also is much older. Looks to me like Mercy can't win, either way, she's dealing with a dominant wolf. I wonder if she'll end up back with Samuel at some point or will she just keep moving forward. We shall see!
I listened to Moon Called on audio, and I really enjoyed the narrator. For me, the narrator is a crucial part of enjoying an audiobook. Her voice was very easy for me to listen to and she did well with all the different characters.
Graphic novel anyone? I was doing some Googling and came across graphic novels for the Mercy Thompson series. Personally, I'm not that into graphic novels, but I still think it's very cool. If you're interested, check it out here.
Clearly I'm excited about this series. I'm already almost done with the second book, Blood Bound, and it's just as good! Stay tuned for that review. Have you read the Mercy Thompson series? What do you think of it?
Happy Reading & Listening,