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.
After reading the two stories in the Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs that I absolutely loved, I decided I should try this one too.
Mercy Thompson, the heroine who gives her name to the series, is an auto mechanic and a walker. That means she can turn into a coyote. Mercy’s world is a succession of fantastic creatures, there are the fae, the werewolves, and the vampires and then there are the humans. Mercy lives in the Tri-Cities in the backyard of the local werewolf Alpha, Adam. She was raised among werewolves, in the Marrock’s pack, and she feels quite at home among them, in fact she feels there may be a special connection between her and Adam.
When the story opens Mercy gives work to young man that appears on her doorstep, she can smell that he is a wolf but he doesn’t talk about that much. In the subsequent day, Mercy kills two werewolves, the young man is murdered, Adam, the Alpha werewolf is attacked, and his daughter kidnapped. Unable to decide who’s to blame Mercy takes a badly wounded Adam to see the Marrock, the leader of the wolves in North America.
While Adam is being taken care of Mercy meets Samuel again, the Marrock’s eldest son who she was in love with once and with whom she almost run away to marry. It is quite apparent that there’s something still between them. Samuel is now a doctor and the Marrock sends him back with Mercy and Adam to discover what happened and where is Adam’s daughter Jesse.
While it may sound a love triangle is in the works the main focus of the story is very much the action, the mystery behind the attack and Mercy herself. The story is full of suspense and very fast paced and I was completely immersed in it. Besides the werewolves, also the vampires play an important role in the story as Mercy has befriended the vampire Stefan and through him they try to find id they have any clues about what happened.
I think one of the best things about Briggs’s books is how well she creates the fantastic world where the characters live. Despite there being innumerous characters and species, you never feel confused about who is what and it’s easy to understand who is who in the wolf’s hierarchy. Like in the Alpha and Omega series, I really enjoyed knowing about who has the power, how the laws are enforced, etc…
And then the other this I really liked was Mercy herself, she is confident but knows her weaknesses, she is determined and courageous but not reckless and she is intelligent and actually a nice person to the ones who surround her.
I can’t wait to read the next one and see what happens next with Mercy, Adam and Samuel and what adventures they will get involved in.´