Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson 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…
A wonderful introduction to the dangerous world of werewolves, vampires and other magical beings, Moon Called leads us to find out why magical beings are looking for ways to make themselves known to mankind. As mighty and powerful as they are, these magical beings are not flawless. They suffer from greed, lust and jealousy, and as much as they’d like to protect their own kind, they’d engage in activities that seem totally reckless and counterproductive when they’re angry.
Our main character, Mercy, is a walker. We don’t know much about her origin but because she’s being brought up among werewolves, she knows it’s up to her to constantly remind herself that she doesn’t belong to any of the werewolf pack in the area.
I find Mercy loyal, compassionate and intelligent. When she makes up her mind on doing something, she’d give her all no matter what. It’s quite fascinating to watch her help out her friends and while I don’t know much about her capabilities, it seems to me that there is so much more to her ability that’s yet to be discovered.
I like that even though Moon Called focuses on resolving a mystery among the werewolves, we get to see how the various magical beings interact with one another. It appears that they each have their own hierarchy and they’re all very cautious about guarding their territories.
I feel like I’ve only caught a tiny glimpse of what this magical world is all about and now that I’ve seen some, I’m hungry and ready for more. I’ll definitely pick up Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2) in the near future.