As part of this month’s Wyrd and Wonder, I wanted to give a shout out to a character and series that is near and dear to my heart. Mercy Thompson entered my life when I was suffering from a commute from hell, sometimes up to two hours in each direction, and audio books were my life. But they had to be a specific kind of audio book to hold my attention. They had to be fun, action-driven, full of great characters I wouldn’t mind spending hours and hours and hours with. The MERCY THOMPSON series, by Patricia Brigg, checked every single box I needed. The books follow Mercy Thompson, a mechanic in the Tri-City area who also has the ability to shapeshift into a coyote, who inevitably gets pulled into various supernatural mysteries and attacks in the area.
These days, my commute is blessedly shorter and I read the books in hard copy, something I’m grateful for, given the absolute beauty of some of these covers.
So what are some things I love about Mercy and this series? Mild spoilers ahead!
Mercy is a bad-ass and a softie. This is a woman who makes a living as a mechanic, goes toe-to-toe with supernatural creatures of all shapes and sizes on a regular basis, and also makes a mean chocolate chip cookie. She will curl up for a movie night and then drop everything to go spear a monster that is threatening her friends. Mercy is 100% a person I would want to be friends with in real life, which means that every time I open a new book, it’s like an old friend is coming to visit!
Found Family. It’s a favorite trope of mine, and it’s one that crops up repeatedly throughout the series. Mercy begins the series with a tenuous relationship with the local werewolf pack – not quite friends, though definitely not enemies. As they work together over the series to defeat various foes, and Mercy gets closer with the alpha, Adam, she becomes fast friends with many of the pack members. Within the pack itself, pack is family, and every member will put their lives on the line to protect another member of the pack. As the series goes on and Mercy gains more supernatural allies, it becomes fairly common for her to walk into the pack house and encounter someone from a previous book. It’s always fun to see recurring characters who are now honorary family members!
Mercy and Adam is a relationship of equals. Mild spoilers, if you haven’t guessed where this urban fantasy is going, Mercy and Adam eventually end up together. It’s a relationship that develops out of friendship (another favorite trope) but one thing that Mercy is very clear about is that she wants to make sure that no weird pack hierarchy things are going to ask her to “submit” to Adam. It’s a bit messy at first as Mercy works out her feelings on their dynamic, but she is very much her own woman and doesn’t hesitate to call Adam out when he deserves it. This is a pair that realizes that they each live dangerous lives but neither would suggest the other stop putting themselves in danger to protect others. They each trust the other to make the right call and know their limits.
Those are the top reasons of my many many reasons for loving the Mercy Thompson series. Are there any other Mercy Thompson fans out there? What do you love about the books? Share your thoughts below!