Werewolves can be dangerous if you get in their way, but they’ll leave you alone if you are careful. They are very good at hiding their natures from the human population, but I’m not human. I know them when I meet them, and they know me, too.
Mercy Thompson’s sexy next-door neighbor is a werewolf.
She’s tinkering with a VW bus at her mechanic shop that happens to belong to a vampire.
But then, Mercy Thompson is not exactly normal herself … and her connection to the world of things that go bump in the night is about to get her into a whole lot of trouble.
Review: Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson is a walker. A coyote, to be precise. As a walker, she can shift forms at anytime, between her human self and a coyote. Fast and nimble as a coyote, she is also somewhat stronger, with better hearing, sight and intincts, as a human.
She’d been raised by a wolf pack in Montana and was “forced” to leave at the age of sixteen, when the Alpha’s son was ready to declare her as his mate. Fearing it was for the wrong reasons, Bran lied to Mercy and sent her to her mother, who had since remarried and had other children. A husband and children who never knew about Mercy but welcomed her with open arms. Only there for a few years, Mercy left to be on her own, and it’s the way she likes it.
Now she’s a mechanic, owns her own garage, and fixes mostly import cars, such as VW, Mercedes, Jaquars, etc… She lives next to the Alpha of the local Tri-Cities pack, and while she keeps her head down, sometimes purposely does things to annoy him, because he contradicted her. And while werewolves don’t usually allow walkers to hang around, Adam has placed her under his protection, and the wolves leave her alone.
While fixing a VW in one of her bays, a newly made werewolf kid, seemingly no older than late teens, early twenties, comes looking for work. It’s obvious that he’s new – he didn’t realize what Mercy was, didn’t know the laws of the pack. But Mercy knows what he is and is determined to help him. Overhearing a converstaion he has over the phone, she knows he’s in trouble. And the following night, trouble found him. On the verge of being taken, Mercy attacks and manages to bring Mac to Adam, knowing Adam could help him. But the help doesn’t last long. Adam’s house is attacked, his fifteen-year-old daugther, Jesse, kidnapped, and Adam badly wounded. Mac was murdered and left on her doorstep as a warning; one that she ignores.
She brings Adam to Bran in search of help, and Samuel is back. It’s obvious that he still has feelings for her, but she’s determined not to repeat the past. With Bran’s help, they return with determination to find Jesse and find out what’s going on, because the attack on Adam looked like an inside job at first, but Mercy’s instincts are telling her that, while he may have a traitor in his pack, there’s more to this than what meets the eye.
**And right she was. Mercy has quickly become one of my fave characters, probably because I can associate with her more than I can with other characters. She knows she’s different and doesn’t let that stop her (I feel that), she’s a mechanic who owns her own garage (I may not be an actual mechanic, but I do know mechanics and I’m the office manager of our family-owned auto repair shop). She may be a coyote, but her determination and tenacidy is very much like a pit bull; she’ll keep at it until she gets what she wants or she’ll do it her way anyway.
Samuel bugs me. He has his way of thinking and refuses to think otherwise. There’s this snobbery around him that begs me to take a swing at him, and this assumption he has that what he and Mercy had was not over, the way he acts when other males are around her, makes me want to pound some sense in him. (I will say that I’m glad Mercy is doing what she wants and makes a very big point of it in the last chapter!)
And then there’s Adam. In my opinion, a very good Alpha. He may be rough, but he’s fair. And just like any alpha, he’ll fight to his death to save those he loves, including his kidnapped daughter. He’d declared Mercy as his mate, purely for her protection from the rest of the pack, but I know there’s more to it than that. I’m sure of it (which I believe stands out very well in the last chapter.)
The action scenes are well played out. The information/scene setting is well spaced out so that you’re not overloaded right at the beginning. A great cast of characters (add vampires, fae and witches to the mix,) from the lovable to the devious. I very much liked the world that Briggs created for Mercy. I highly recommend this one to urban-fantasy lovers, and plan on getting the rest of the series as soon as possible. I’m actually kicking myself for not having read it sooner!