“Kick-ass were-coyote auto mechanic Mercedes Thompson” (Publishers Weekly) has leapt to the forefront of today’s urban fantasy heroes, thanks to bestselling author Patricia Briggs. Now, Mercy finds herself in the middle of a bloodbath—with only one way out...
Mercy has friends in low places—and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind. But this new vampire is hardly ordinary—and neither is the demon inside of him.
When the undead and the werewolves sent to find him don’t return, the local vampire queen turns to Mercy for help. A coyote is no match for a demon, but Mercy is determined to get her friends back—including the two werewolves circling around her heart.
A sorcerer-turned-vampire wreaks havoc on Washington's Tri-Cities, causing death, destruction and a paranormal faceoff in the second of Briggs's series featuring Mercy Thompson, a mechanic and "walker": one who can turn into a coyote at will. After attempts by the paranormal community to destroy the malevolent sorcerer fail, Mercy finds herself pulled into the fray: though her werewolf and vampire friends are stronger than she, it turns out that Mercy's abilities make her the only one in town who can save them all. While she discovers the truth about her powers, she also learns more about her past, and the werewolves who raised her. Though the romantic subplot-involving two rival werewolves, Alpha wolf Adam and Mercy's roommate Samuel-fizzles, Briggs has a refreshing knack for imbuing her characters (even non-humans) with lived-in human qualities. When it gets going, this paranormal adventure story is engaging, but a flabby first-person narrative stunts the suspense.
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The Mercy Thompson series really hits its stride with this sequel to Moon Called. Werewolves took center stage in the first book, and now the vampires get their turn. The characters are richly developed, and the plot is tighter. The writing overall improved from good to great. The romance aspect is still present but gets minor page-time. This is the book that really got me hooked on this series.
I normally do not like what I call bodice ripper books but this one is a heart stopper. The second book in the series builds character development to the point your head stops remembering the people who fill your head are not real.
Your heart becomes engaged and you want the heroes to win and when sometimes one of the good guys dies just like in real life you mourn for them. This is the result of a true wordsmiths work, total suspension of disbelief!
Please allow me to recommend this author for an excellent time of entertainment!
An excellent book. I think this is where Briggs' writing really took off. I couldn't get my mind off of it even when I wasn't reading.