When mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson attempts to return a powerful Fae book she'd previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down. It seems the book contains secret knowledge--and the Fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn't take enough of Mercy's attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side--leaving Mercy to cover for him, lest his own father declare Sam's life forfeit. All in all, Mercy has had better day. And if she isn't careful, she might not have many more to live...
Brilliant, as per usual. You know, it takes nothing but pure talent and passion to be able to carry a series as effectively as Patricia Briggs has carried this here Mercy Thompson series. Much like George Lucas--people feared that "Empire Strikes Back" would be a rehashing of "A New Hope". But it wasn't. George Lucas carried the story farther and displayed new depths. Patricia Briggs is a master at doing this very same thing. It's practically all one story but each book brings something new, resolves old problems, all within the realm of believability.
The writing. I cannot touch enough on the subject of Patricia Briggs' writing. I mean, holy crap, ya'll. Patricia Briggs' experience really shows. Her writing is mature. It flows. It's...vibrant! I have no problem visualizing the scenes. The writing is presented so that it's intuitive. There are very few cases where I was like, "Why didn't they think of that before!?" But otherwise, I follow Mercy's thinking pattern easily.
Mercy Thompson FTW. Seriously? Do I need to explain? The IDEAL main character. She's smart in the best possible way, not like bookish smart and not mastermind smart like Artemis Fowl. She keeps her head, knows how to fight, can actually resolve a love triangle without all the goofy drama. And she still comes across as believable, because she does have her weaknesses. She's not invincible.
If you haven't picked this series up already, pick it up already. That's all I can tell you. If you don't like it, that's okay. But most definitely give it a chance. I'm so glad I picked this series up. I can't wait to own all the books. :)
"Why is it that all cars are women?" he asked.
"Because they're fussy and demanding," answered Zee.
"Because if they were men, they'd sit around and complain instead of getting the job done," I told him. (p. 72)
He looked at what I held. "You want to put a towel in my safe?"
"It's a very special towel," I told him as I ducked around him and into the house. "Dried Elvis's hair on the day of the last concert." (p. 129)
When in doubt, sound confident--it confuses the guys who are about to wipe the floor with you. (p. 157)
Fourteen preteen girls, a table full of werewolves--there were certain monstrous similarities. (p. 189)