Monday, 10 March 2014

Book Review: Mercy Thompson Homecoming by Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson is a walker, a magical being with the power to transform into a coyote. She lives on the fine line dividing the everyday world from a darker dimension, observing the supernatural community while standing apart.

When Mercy travels to the Tri-Cities of Washington for a job interview, she quickly finds herself smack-dab in the middle of a gang war between rival packs of werewolves. And as if fangs and fur weren’t bad enough, Mercy must deal with the scariest creature of all: her mother, who is convinced that Mercy is making a mess of her life and determined to set her daughter on the right course.

My Review: 
Mercy has arrived in the Tri-Cities to get a teaching job but an encounter with a pack of rogue werewolves leads her to a run down garage being run by a grieving fae and his young boy. A second werewolf pack pack led by Adam has been sent in to the area to destroy the rogues but Mercy just can't help getting in the way...

This story is the prequel to the series, showing how Mercy came to work for Zee, how she befriended Stefan, met Uncle Mike, and met Adam's werewolf pack. It was great to get the back story, especially in this beautifully presented form. I'd actually love to read this in full novel form if it is ever released. I guess I just can't get enough of the brilliant series!

In graphic novels, people are always going to have issues about the characters not looking the way they imagined them in their heads. I'm personally not too fussy on that score so I was able to just enjoy the beautifully illustrated story. Adam, Stefan and Uncle Mike are however, pretty much the way I imagined them to be and the coyote and wolf animations were wonderful. The book still had Mercy's trademark sarcasm and humour, showing how trouble always seems to find her even when she doesn't want it. Stefan in particular was great in the book but I love his character anyway so I'm a bit biased.

A lovely read and I'll be looking out for any other graphic novels in this series.
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