What I’m Reading: “Moon Called” by Patricia Briggs
A while back you may recall that I posted about one of the favourite posts I’d read otherwhere recently—in this case on the Orbit blog—which was by Patricia Briggs and titled Mercy and her Friends in My Back Yard.
I also wrote that ” … I found something very evocative in Patricia’s description of the voices of coyotes, dogs and wolves in and around her prairie backyard—her writing really made me want to hear them for myself.”
Well, I couldn’t do that for two reasons—firstly, good old EnZed, i.e. no coyotes. Secondly, it’s an awful long way to the US, attractions of hearing coyote choruses or no, and I do have that GR to finish.
So I did the next best thing—I acquired a copy of Moon Called, the first book in Ms Briggs’ Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series, about a coyote shapeshifter, and began to read.
Now I know I may be a little late to the party here, because Moon Called did first come out in 2006, but I loved it. Mercy is such a smart, feisty and good-hearted character that it’s very hard not to like her—and even though there’s the obligatory love triangle I felt it was pretty well done … In terms of the urban fantasy world Patrica Briggs has created and the “anthropology” (for want of a much better word) of coyote, werewolf, and to a lesser extent vampire (yup, there’s vampires and fae, too) societies within our larger society, I thought it had a nice feel of authenticity to it. And the story, which fits into the category of ‘good light read’, rocks along.
So that’s my report: really enjoyed it; glad I read the post on Mercy and her Friends in My Back Yard and got interested; and yes, I will be reading the next-in-series, Blood Bound (probably quite soon )