Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1)” as Want to Read:
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Moon Called

(Mercy Thompson #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  196,303 ratings  ·  9,518 reviews
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 li ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 31st 2006 by Ace
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Moon Called, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Shelli I was at a convention and the guy who paints these covers (yes, these are real oil paintings!) was the guest artist. His talent is amazing, and he was…moreI was at a convention and the guy who paints these covers (yes, these are real oil paintings!) was the guest artist. His talent is amazing, and he was very fun to listen to. His covers aren't supposed to be a literal picture of Mercy. The cover image represents what kind of story is inside. You'll notice books the tattoos reflect what kind of adversaries Mercy faces in the novel. She has bat-like tattoos for vampire stories, and wolf-like tattoos for werewolf stories, etc.(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.15  · 
Rating details
 ·  196,303 ratings  ·  9,518 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1)
Kat Kennedy
Aug 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
The cover is shit
PNR are all the same
Moon Called is still good.

What could be better than a Haiku review?

Well, other than a proper review, I guess...

The thing is, I did REALLY enjoy this book - it has a lot to recommend itself to readers with. Mercy is a nice character. She's not a complete badass but she's not a push over either.

There's a mystery - though the mystery was interesting it all came up kind of lame in the end.

The writing is pretty good and even though the world building is stock-stan
Feb 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
It pains me to say this (and I may lose my "guy" cred), but I'm a big fan of the urban-fantasy sub-genre. While I tend to lean more towards male protagonists (i.e. Butcher's Dresdan Files and Green's Nightside series), I still love me a good, tough female protagonist. That being said, I was hesitant to pick this one up because of the abysmal Harlequin like cover. In my opinion, many of the current crop of urban-fantasy covers look like they belong in the romance section. Why do I even know w ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I'm still loving my favorite coyote shapeshifter! Mercy

I re-read this on audio and it was so strange listening to Lorelei King as the narrator. I was expecting Lula from Stephanie Plum to jump out at any moment! 😂But that is neither here nor there.

It was sweet going back and listening from the beginning. And the Mercy and Adam thing. Everything was just so weird but still loving it.

I missed Stefan and the scooby mobile images I always got. I think there is more of that in the next book though
Jun 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
After all the reviews I had read about this book, I though this series would be over the top. Everybody was giving 5 stars to this book, and for that very same reason I had high expectations for it. Maybe that was the problem...

It wasn't a bad read, just a VERY slow one. The first half of the book was REALLY boring and slow-paced, it only described the heroine and her life. Around page 100 comes this hot-sexy-alpha wolf who makes you think that the book is finally going to turn out more interest
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
BR with my MacHalo Freaks starting Nov 15, 2015.

Note to self: you should review books right after reading them. When you don't you always end up lowering your original rating (view spoiler).

I should be bummed about this. I really should. And I should be wondering why most people in the universe LOVE this book. Well, most people except my dear daughter Liz, that is. But she takes after her amazing father (aka me), meaning she has pretty spectacular book tastethis
 Danielle The Book Huntress
What a great addition to the urban fantasy genre. Mercy is a likeable and engaging protagonist. She doesn't come off as invincible and inhuman in her buttkicking abilities, yet at the same time, she is comfortable in her own skin and can hold her own.

The universe is interesting, much like the world we live in, save the addition of preternatural creatues such as werewolves, vampires, fae, and coyote shifters like Mercy, which seem quite rare.

I enjoyed the description of the pack dynamics and Merc
destiny ♡ howling libraries
Dance when the moon sings, and don't cry about troubles that haven't yet come.

This review is so long overdue, as I read this book twice within a year and am still just now getting around to typing up my thoughts! Don't let that make you think for a moment, though, that it's because I don't have anything to say about Moon Called, because believe you me, I do. Some back-story here: paranormal fantasy was one of my favorite genres as a teen, but when I hit adulthood, it became popular for peopl
May 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
After attempting to read "Moon Called" at least 5 times I am finally giving up. There is absolutely no chance I will ever read the sequels, so why bother?

I am a fan of urban fantasy and this novel is very highly rated by readers, so it is surprising that I disliked it so much. My expectations for urban fantasy are not huge: well developed lore, engaging paranormal mystery and one or two sexy supernatural hunks to swoon over. I don't care how formulaic it is, as long as it is written well.

Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
March 2020 reread, just because. I think I'm going to end up rereading the whole series. :)

Full review, first posted at

Mercy Thompson is an anomaly: a female automobile mechanic who owns her own shop, half Native American, and ― in a world with werewolves, vampires, fae and other supernatural beings ― she is one of a very few “walkers,” or skinwalkers, able to easily shapeshift into a coyote at will, without regard to phases of the moon. When Mercy surprised her human
Buddy Read (or re-read, in my case) with Kat, Krishna, Sara, and Sesana.
Disclaimer: I may have bullied them into reading this...

All of these guys gave it a 'gentle' 3 stars. Even Sesana (view spoiler) was kind. Thank you!
So, with none of my pals really loving this one, coupled with the fact that I read it 5 years ago, I was fully prepared to change my rating from the original 4 s
It's now been a decade since Moon Called was published, and it remains a solid, reliable series in the urban fantasy genre. My first time reading it, I pretty much loved it. It has steady action, an intriguing female lead and decent world-building. It also has a gentle romantic build, a relief in a genre that is frequently focused paranormal sexy-times. If it is a little predictable, it's with the assurance that the experience will be satisfying and familiar, the literary equivalent of homemade ...more
Maria V. Snyder
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Seems I'm on an Urban Fantasy kick right now! I've had this book on my shelf forever because a few people recommended it, but every time I picked it up to read, I saw the cover art of Mercy with her bare mid-drift and cleavage and though "ugh" another one of those heroines that are bad-ass and probably stubborn with a chip on her shoulder, etc... (I love strong female protagonists, but some are really annoying when they refuse all help). But I was looking at the book for an article I was writing ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
I was super happy to discover a new PNR series and after reading Patricia Briggs 1st book in her Mercy Thompson series….I was beyond happy…excited more like it!!!!
Mercy Thompson –
 photo 9bf9d5109049c1e3c7a95a5e17c9aef7_zpsgqnhwmio.jpg
a natural born coyote shape shifter, auto mechanic and owner of a garage, sensible, together, strong and independent, lives in the Tri-Cities are of Washington, amidst a world of humans and supernaturals – vampires, walkers, werewolves, fey, witches…..

The storyline revolves around the murder of a young boy,
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing

WARNING! This review includes fanart and random images (done by me) ^.^V

Welcome, to the Urban Fantasy genre!

The place where magic and legends blend seamlessly with our reality.

The place where each one of us has to decide...

Cause we all know sometimes ... humanity isn't entertaining enough.

The supernatural communities have lived hidden in our world for generations until, finally, the fae decided to come out (or at least the weaker and prettier ones). As h
Emily May
Apr 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: pnr, 2011, paranormal-uf
I should have liked this. I really wanted to like this. After all, it promises so many of the things I love about the Urban Fantasy genre: kick-ass heroine, supernatural creatures, murder mystery and hot other-wordly men. I'm actually not too demanding of the genre, Halfway to the Grave is one example of UF that is very light with little plot development and limited emphasis on the supernatural mystery element... and I really enjoyed it. If the author focuses on just one of the factors I mention ...more
Julio Genao
Sep 13, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
mercy, mercy.

crushingly dull exposition of everything you already knew about werewolves and et cetera, served over the course of about two hundred and fifty pages of soul-withering conversation, with the requisite love triangle and weapon-listing and speyshul-snowflake-ing and seventy quintillion characters and a plot like a doily and fuck my life if i weren't so desperate to get out of my own head i would have set this on fire and then myself when the token gay human was not physically capable
Just as good the second time around 😀
Re-read for a third time March 29th 2020 and I'm upping my rating from 4 stars to 5! With each re-read my appreciation for the writing, characters, and story grows. The story was captivating even knowing what happens, and with each re-read I notice new things I missed previously. I've already started on book two! I listened to the audio again. Lorelei King's performance is perfection! She is Mercy Thompson to me!

Re-Read March 19th 2017. Still awesome!

Moon Called is the first book in the Mercy Th
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am officially late to this party.

Then again, I've never been a huge fan of the whole werewolf thing and I've read a mountain of UF titles from other authors, so I felt like I could safely give this one a pass.
Don't judge! It felt like a valid excuse especially because the title and series are insanely popular and so, therefore, SOMETHING might be very sketchy about it.

I still remember Twilight, alas, BUT! This isn't anything like that.

Good news! I mean, yeah, there's a skinwalker and lots o

I like you Mercy Thompson.

I like you because you’re tough but not invincible.

I like you because you’re brave but not stupid.

I like you because you are a caring person but nobody’s fool.

I like you because you make mistakes but you don’t place the blame elsewhere.

I like you because you’re smart but not a show-off.

I like you because you stand on your own among much more powerful creatures than you but you know your limits.

I like you because you don’t give a damn about what others think of you but t
Robin (Bridge Four)
Sale Alert: Kindle deal 11Apr20 for $2.99

Series Buddy Read/Re-read with Book of My Heart I'm already a little behind but since it is just one book in the series a month I'll totally catch up soon.

2nd Read:

I remember liking Mercy overall in this series but not really getting into the series until around book three or four. Moon Called has a good intro to the world and the main players in it. I liked it possibly a little better the second time through but will keep my original rating of 3.5 stars
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
I liked Moon Called. I enjoyed Mercy, Jessie, Adam, Sam, Stefan, and Zee. I liked the plot but I felt the book was slow going. It was a lot of info dump and I would have liked more interactions between Mercy, Sam and Adam. Since they are going to be a love Triangle and all it might have been nice to get to know a bit more about them. I liked Mercy with Adam the most but that's because I thought it was kinda a dick move what Sam did to Mercy when she was 16 (view spoiler) ...more
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Second re-read: 05.09.2021
I just couldn't get into the story this time. I really struggled. I'm having problems concentrating and with all the information this book has, I was bored. I started re-reading it for Adam but he's actually not that much in it and then there's the fact that he doesn't feel all that powerful, and you know me; I'm shallow as fuck - I need my men all powerful. I'm not continuing re-reading the series as I don't see the point in forcing me to finish it. I just skimmed
January 2018 Re-read. Buddy read with Sarah.
January 2017 re-read: Mercy is one of my favorite characters to read about. This world is fascinating, and the characters (and their interactions) are fantastic.

15 January 2016: $1.99 on Kindle

December 2015 re-read: Buddy read with Sarah

This series is so comfortable. Like coming home. I love the world. I love the wolves - that they aren't "nice" all the time, they are sometimes at the whim of the animal that shares their body. But most of all, I love M
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Harry Dresden, Jane Yellowrock, Mercy Thompson, Atticus O’Sullivan, Jade Crow and Pinocchio gather for a meeting of Urban Fantasy Protagonists support group. In a circle of folding chairs and while drinking coffee the group explore their feelings and discuss Patricia Briggs’s 2006 book Moon Called.

Moderator: Harry, let’s not forget protocol.

Dresden: Oh, sorry, forgot, um, I’m Harry Dresden. Wizard.

Group: Hi Harry.

Dresden: I guess it’s just tough being secretive, knowing there is a big world of F
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing

Lately I have been reading just pretty much young adult books but I thought I give adult urban fantasy a go and I’m so glad I did. Moon Called was action packed, witty, suspenseful and addictive. When I finished it I wanted to run straight down to the bookstore and get the next one but unfortunately I had spent my weekly book budget.

The plot is fast moving although there is
ren ♡
Original rating: 3/5 (Jan 2020)
New rating: 4/5 (Sept 2022)

I enjoyed this book so much more during the second time round. Not sure what possessed me to reread this book, but I'm glad I did... Maybe it's because I've developed a deeper appreciation for Urban Fantasy in the past year? Who knows.

Mercy Thompson was such a badass female heroine, but I liked that she was also a very vulnerable character given that she's a coyote brought up in a werewolf world. I can see a lot of potential in her, and g
Jan 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, the character is a tomboy and although the world isn't my total fave, I gobbled it up. ...more
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

I love it when I can read a book for a second time and enjoy even more than the first time. There are a few book worlds that I hate to leave and Mercy's world is one of them. When I finished reading Fire Touched recently, I wanted more Mercy so I decided it was time to listen to some of the audiobooks from this series that have been sitting in my audible account for a couple of years. I was surprised by how much more I liked it this time arou
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at:

Welllllllllll. Here we are again. Good news is, I liked this one more than the badgers. Bad news is, I still kind of read it wrong. Positives include my type of people like werewolves and vampires and shifters without all of the . . . . .

Mercy in particular really kinda being my type of person . . . .

Set in Coeur d’Alene, which is apparently the werewolf capital of the world, much like . . . . .

And a heavy on the who
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)
  • Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)
  • Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, #2)
  • Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, #3)
  • Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, #4)
  • Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1)
  • Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, #5)
  • Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6 & #5.8)
  • Darkfever (Fever, #1)
  • Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1)
  • Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)
  • Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels, #7)
  • Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1)
  • Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy, #1)
  • Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1)
  • Bitten (Otherworld, #1)
  • Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #1)
  • Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8)
See similar books…
See top shelves…
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana, to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a n

Other books in the series

Mercy Thompson (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2)
  • Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, #3)
  • Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, #4)
  • Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, #5)
  • River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6)
  • Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7)
  • Night Broken (Mercy Thompson, #8)
  • Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9)
  • Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10)
  • Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson, #11)

Articles featuring this book

Dragons, demons, kings, queens, and the occasional farm boy (with a special destiny, of course): Fantasy literature has it all! To celebrate...
530 likes · 292 comments
“MS. THOMPSON, it said in heavy block letters, PLEASE KEEP YOUR FELINE OFF MY PROPERTY. IF I SEE IT AGAIN, I WILL EAT IT.” 1252 likes
“I don't like it when I outweigh my men.” 627 likes
More quotes…