Welcome to this week’s “meeting” of the Preternatura Book Club! Today, we pick up chapter six of Moon Called, the first book in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series. I’m switching to one chapter a week from here on out with this book since the chapters are so long. Weigh in–what do you think about this series or this book so far?
MOON CALLED, CHAPTER 6
Mercy has taken Adam, the injured alpha of the Columbia Basin Pack to the Marrok in Montana. Adam’s in a secure room being treated by the Marrok’s son Samuel–whom we find out Mercy has loved since she was 14–while the elder son Charles examines the body of Mac, the young werewolf killed and dumped on Mercy’s front porch.
Now, Mercy’s antsy in her own little motel room, so she goes to the room where Samuel is treating Adam. Charles is there being broody and silent. Sam is brusque with her; when he chastises her for bringing Adam so far when he was so badly injured, which makes Adam growl at him (I think this is when I fell in love with Adam Hauptman, by the way).
Mercy goes back to her room in a snit, and doesn’t answer when Samuel comes by to apologize. She finally lets him in. We get a look at Sam through Mercy’s eyes–he’s got a killer body but he’s not as striking a man as Adam. But Mercy admits she isn’t impartial.
Mercy apologizes to him as well–not for bringing Adam to them but for leaving when she left. Through this conversation, and a later conversation with the Marrock–Bran himself–the whole story finally comes out. Mercy fancied herself in love with Samuel, and thought he loved her. When she was 14, Bran came upon Sam kissing her, and he told her why Sam really wanted to run away with her–as a walker, she could probably carry Sam’s baby to term, something impossible for a normal werewolf female because when she shifts, the fetus dies. And Samuel, we learn, is very very old–older than Charles. Anyway, when Bran told the 14-year-old Mercy about it, instead of running away with Samuel, she ran away back to her mother in Portland. She hasn’t seen any of them since.
We learn that Samuel did pine for her. Maybe he loved her, maybe he didn’t, but he’d marked her as his mate, and he mourned her loss and went through a long period of mourning–Bran even feared he’d commit suicide. We learn that this is what happened to Mercy’s foster father.
So what do you think of the wolves so far? I remember being fascinated by Bran because he’s like this young fratboy-looking guy yet he has all these mysterious powers.