Audiobook Review On Moon Called, Mercy Thompson Book 1
Mercedes Thompson, aka Mercy, 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...
Mercedes Thompson is a loner, only having her cat, her auto repair shop, and former shop owner/friend, Z. Until one day a young boy walks into her shop, looking for short term work. Mac is scared, tired and hungry. Without saying a word, Mercy knows this about him and takes him in. Little did Mercy know that this one act of kindness would turn into the biggest shit storm of her life!
The story paints a very clear and distinct picture of the world Mercedes, aka Mercy lives in. Mercy is a shifter, better known in this world as a skin walker. The paranormal creatures in this world are vast, including werewolves, vampires and fae. The “lesser” type fae have come out of the closet to the humans, and this has left the other supernaturals on edge. It's natural to think that it is only a matter of time before the humans figure out that there are others than the fae, and how will they handle that?
Mercy keeps to herself, because she is the only one of her kind that she knows of. She is not welcome in the werewolf community, even though their forms are similar. So when a young and scared werewolf appears at her shop looking for work, she has no choice but to contact the local wolf packs alpha, Adam. Life from here takes a quick “oh shit” turn, leaving an aftermath of dead werewolves, and Adam's daughter missing, with Mercy right smack in the middle of werewolf business. A place she doesn't want to be in nor does the wolf pack want her there.
As Mercy goes along with helping Adam find his daughter, we the reader find out bits and pieces of Mercy's past. Her life has been twisted with the wolves because of her upbringing, and the whole politics of it all is rather complex. Mercy has connections to some very powerful wolves, which until now, she has never spoken to, let alone asked them for any help. Mercy's character was strong, smart and independent. She has a very likable personality, and a strong sense of what's right and wrong. I like her, but a lot of her personality traits ran closely to other heroines I've read in books recently which turned me off a little. If it wasn't for the unique story line, supporting characters and awesome narrator, I most likely would have dropped the book. But after a recent discovery, Moon Called was published much earlier than those other stories, so I did feel better about Mercy's character.
Adam, Samuel and Mercy love triangle. Ah yes, my favorite part of PNR. Samuel is Mercy's ex from when she was a teenager, and a very old wolf. Adam is the local alpha and her next door neighbor that was instructed to “keep an eye on her”, whom also has some feelings of claim on Mercy. Which one am I rooting for, Team Adam or Team Samuel? Well lets examine what I know. Samuel appeared to love Mercy, but she later found out he just wanted a suitable mate to procreate with and was not so much “in love” with her. That was a kick in the gut. Adam apparently put some wolfy claim on Mercedes before he even met her! They rarely spoke, and frankly she didn't seem to even like him as a person. BUT, as their journey to find Jessie drew out, they became friends, and Adam even put trust in Mercy unwarranted, which he didn't really have to. I will state for now I am Team Adam, but I do reserve the right to change my vote. This book most definitely was not a disappointment, I'm just sad that it took me this long to read/listen to it.
Lorelei King, one of my favorite narrators of all time! Lorelei's tone is very smooth and confident. She delivers her lines with perfection, and her comedic timing is classic! Her transition from female to male voices is great, because most want to lower their register and that just sounds bad, but not Lorelei. This narrator is and will always will be a 5 Fang rating!