This week I read the first book in two different urban fantasy series. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs is the first book in the Mercy Thompson series. Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews is the first book in the Kate Daniels series. Both of the series started a couple of years ago, so there are several books out in each series.
Mercy Thompson is a skinwalker, she changes into a coyote, and can shift quickly, easily, and at will. She lives next door to the werewolf pack’s Alpha, named Adam. Mercy runs a repair garage and mostly works on German cars. She has acquaintances among the vampires, the weres, and the police force. However, she doesn’t really belong with any of those groups, and she hasn’t met any other skinwalkers. She was raised by werewolves in Montana, and now lives in Washington state. This first Mercy Thompson book requires Mercy to return back to the pack that raised her and ask for help.
Mercy is a smart aleck, she has that in common with Kate Daniels. Both tend to make smart comments when the smart thing would be keeping quiet. It was refreshing to see a skinwalker that wasn't the bad guy. In the Kate Daniels books, the vampires are not the sexy creatures of the night that most series present them as. They are kind of gross really.
Kate Daniels is more of a mystery. It is not exactly clear what she is. She could belong to the order of magickal humans who help keep peace, but instead she is a member of the guild of mercenaries. She tries to keep her head down, but instead she ends up getting tangled up with the Pack, who are the shape-shifters, and with the People, who are vampires and necromancers. Curran, the Lord of the Pack, is a great alpha male character.
I enjoyed both of these series and have already started the second book in the Mercy Thompson series.
I am going to give Moon Called by Patricia Briggs, 5 Stars, and I will give Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews, 4 Stars.