Series: Mercy Thompson #1
Published by Ace Books on January 31, 2006
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Mercedes Thompson, aka Mercy, 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 . . .
I bet I got a few of you really happy, haven’t I? After all, lots of fellow bloggers suggested this series plenty of times during the years—a.k.a. since I launched this blog—and it was about time to fall to temptation . . .
I read this book in a matter of hours thanks to the fact it’s fast-paced, action-packed, and full of intrigue. So of course I enjoyed it, but I’m afraid I didn’t love it as hoped because I couldn’t completely click with the characters . . . I have honestly nothing against any of them, they all carry an interesting personal baggage, it’s a simple lack of connection. At least for now. I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt because this is a first instalment and, as we know, in urban fantasy novels there’s lots to get in first and foremost, meaning the attention is mostly focused on the world-building. On one hand, I’ve always been fond of that because without it we wouldn’t be able to follow/understand things properly—and it’s essential to make such a story great—but, on the other hand, I would have also loved to feel something more for the people/creatures involved in here.
Overall, despite my attachment issue, I think it was a nice series opening, and I did have a good time with it. I believe I will need to read more of Mercy Thompson and see if my feelings get deeper.