Preternatura Book Club: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs, Chapter 6

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?
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. 
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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 6

  1. I love this series. Sometimes, after several books, some series just don’t hold up to the first few books. One series that has disappointed me in the later books is the Anita Blake books. The Mercy Briggs books don’t have that let-down; consistantly high quality of writing thoughout.

  2. Like the wolves so far. A little confused by the age thing. In other series vampires are old, not wolves.
    Makes this more interesting. More back-story in this chapter, now ready for more action.

  3. @Susan…Totally agree with you. This one has stayed strong, and I think Kim Harrison’s Hollows series has as well. I think the Anita Blake series took a weird turn into erotica there for a while but I’ve heard the last book was closer to what it was early in the series. I have it, but haven’t read it yet.

    @Roger…I’d forgotten how much worldbuilding there is in this first book, but I guess it’s necessary in a multiverse like this to get everything established. it’s about to pick up!