Moon Called by Patricia Briggs tells the story of Mercy Thompson, an auto-mechanic in the Tri-Cities who can turn into a coyote at will. Mercy’s world is full of ornery fae, egocentric werewolves, and quirky, creepy vampires, all more supernaturally powerful than her. If Mercy can keep her head down and her mouth shut, she just might keep out of the line of fire. The problem is Mercy’s never been very good at keeping her mouth shut.
Moon Called is a unique addition to the urban-fantasy sub-genre for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is because the main character is an interesting, curious woman whose magical peculiarity is something readers haven’t seen before. Fans of the supernatural will like Mercy and empathize with her despite her tendency to cause her own troubles.
Look for the sequels: Blood Bound, Iron Kissed, and the fourth installment, Bone Crossed, where Mercy heads to Spokane to investigate a ghost. Patricia Briggs’ website also notes that she was recently in Seattle, doing her own investigation on where werewolves would hunt, for the follow-up to Cry Wolf.