Preternatura Book Club: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs, Chapter 9

First off, there’s an awesome review of Royal Street today over at today’s Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust blog. Stop by if you get a chance, and many thanks to Stephanie!


Welcome to this week’s “meeting” of the Preternatura Book Club! Today, we’re looking at Chapter 9 of the first book in Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series, Moon Called.
When we last left Mercy, she and Samuel had taken the injured alpha Adam to his third-in-command, Warren—the only one they trust to protect him since the pack is suspect. Warren is gay, and pack law forbids him from telling his significant other Kyle what he is. So Mercy breaks about a dozen rules, follows Kyle, and tells him.

MOON CALLED, Chapter 9

Mercy returns to Warren’s house to find Samuel and Warren posturing like dominant wolves will do. As soon as she walks in, Warren can tell by her smell that she’s been with Kyle—and that she told him. Warren chastises her—not only is he afraid he’ll lose Kyle, but he’s also afraid she’s endangered his life.

Adam’s barely walking but he can hear everything, of course (duh, werewolves)—he tells Warren it’s okay. Since Warren didn’t tell Kyle, and Mercy’s not pack, the only problem will come if Kyle tells anyone. Mercy can’t guarantee Warren that Kyle will accept what he is but she’s confident he won’t tell.

Mercy’s pretty horrified to realize Adam knew this is exactly how it was going to play out and she’d been played. So she decides to paint graffiti on the old VW Rabbit she keeps on blocks in sight of Adam’s house.

Next, Mercy and Samuel head out to meet Zee and the person who says she might know something about the pack who took Jesse.  They head to Mike’s, and we get a little feel for the fae and how manipulative they can be. The woman, who turns out to be a troll who works at a bank, says the vampires have received a big deposit outside their normal pattern. Apparently, when a new group moves into an area, they pay the vampires to leave them alone. (Mercy fixes their cars since she can’t afford their price.) Up to this point, Zee has been kind of a minor figure, but Samuel has heard of him—he’s apparently a famous, and very old, member of the fae. Mercy makes plans to look him up on the Internet since he won’t tell her anything.

Mercy calls Stefan, her vampire friend, and he asks her if she officially wants him to make an inquiry. She can tell by his formal language that this means more in the vampire world than a simple favor. But she tells him yes. When Stefan calls back, she can tell he’s not alone—he’s with his vampire seethe’s mistress, and she insists on meeting with Mercy. Stefan’s obviously under some duress but we don’t know much.

We don’t know much about the vampires yet—except objects of faith do repel them, and Samuel has very little experience with them.

So, that’s it for this week. This time through, I’m a little bothered by how Jesse’s kidnapping doesn’t feel urgent enough yet. Anyone else feel this? I know they’re taking the steps to find her, but I’m not sure it feels desperate enough.

I am remembering one thing I really love about this series, which is how consistent Patricia Briggs is with the worldbuilding and the behavior of the wolves. They aren’t just guys who turn furry once a month or so, but carry the pack dynamic into the core of their behavior. She also eases us into the other species like the fae and vamps, which is probably why the story feels slow to start.

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Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

3 thoughts on “Preternatura Book Club: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs, Chapter 9

  1. I agree that Jesse’s kidnapping doesn’t feel urgent. Most of the time it is not even mentioned. I understand that we have a lot of world building going on but I think all players should be more concerned about Jesse than pack relationships.

  2. P.S. – Nice review at Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust. Especially liked “I think people who enjoy Charlaine Harris and Kim Harrison, as well as other urban fantasy, will enjoy it”.

  3. Yes, Roger, the lack of urgency over Jesse has bothered me on this read-through. I think I was reading it so fast the first time around it didn’t hit me so much. A good and bad thing about a read this slow, I guess!

    I got a big grin over that line about Kim Harrison in the review as well!