The first in Mercy Thompson urban fantasy –series. I decided to get this one after all because I was curious to what all the fuss was about. I’m also fan of the first person point of view and Briggs does that very, very well.

Mercedes Thompson is a car mechanic and a walker, a Native American shape changer. She can change her shape into a coyote which is faster and stronger than a human. However, she knows a lot about werewolves because she was raised in a werewolf pack.

The story starts when a teenaged werewolf comes to Mercy’s garage looking for work. Mercy isn’t too trilled about it because she knows that a werewolf without a pack is likely to be in trouble and so might be the people who help him. However, she thinks that the boy is probably a runaway and decides to help him. So, she hires him and decides to tell about him to the local pack’s Alpha who conveniently lives next door to her.

However, before Mercy can call Adam, the Alpha, she overhears a conversation between the kid, Mac, and two strangers. One of the strangers wants to take Mac back and return him to the cage and medical experiments. Not surprisingly, Mac doesn’t want that. Mercy can’t let that happen, either. She changes into a coyote and intends to draw off the men from Mac. The other stranger is a werewolf who chases Mercy. After Mercy kills him, the other stranger drives off.

Mercy calls Adam and the witchy cleaning crew. Adam takes Mac under his wing (so to speak) and everyone goes home. However, in the morning Mercy wakes up when someone dumps Mac’s body to her doorstep. There’s a fight going on at Adam’s house. Mercy kills the last of the strange werewolves and takes the barely alive Adam away. She also notices that Adam’s teenaged daughter Jesse has been kidnapped. She’s afraid that one of Adam’s pack members is a traitor and so she takes Adam to the North America’s strongest Alpha. That Alpha leads the pack where Mercy grew up. She’s about to return to a place she called home and to the people she knew a long time ago.

Mercy is a very sympathetic heroine. She isn’t a tough talking, ass kicking Urban Fantasy heroine but rather the kind of woman who bakes cookies when she’s a little blue. Or when a teenager comes along to visit. Even though she doesn’t really have a biological family, she’s not a loner but relies on her friends to help her. She plays practical jokes on her neighbor.

Most of the other characters are also supernatural beings: Adam, Mac, and the rest of the werewolves. Samuel, Mercy’s teenaged sweetheart, is also a werewolf. His reasons for wanting sixteen-years old, love struck Mercy (as she was then) have nothing to do with love and therefore make him a user and a jerk. On the other hand, he’s a doctor and not as much macho as the other werewolves in the book. Adam is very much a domineering Alpha who is very possessive about Mercy, even though she has repeatedly said that she’s not interested.

Adam’s teenaged daughter Jesse seems to be rather ordinary; she colors her hair to make her father mad. She knows the basic things about werewolves even though she’s not one herself.

Moon Called has a mystery plot where things often aren’t what they seem to be. I rather enjoyed the twist in the ending.

The world has many supernatural creatures: werewolves, witches, vampires, fae. The lesser fae are the ones who are known to the ordinary people. Their leaders, the Gray Lords, decided that modern technology is so advanced that it makes it far too difficult for fae to hide and so forced the less powerful, and more human looking, fae to reveal themselves to the general public.

Overall: While this doesn’t go to my top 10 list, I’ll be getting the next one in the series.