5 Reasons You Need to Read the Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs

I just finished reading¬†Silence Fallen, which is book 10 in the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. ¬†The series is adult urban fantasy and features shapeshifters, werewolves, vampires, and fae in the Northwestern states. ¬†I can’t remember when I first started reading it, maybe around book 4 or 5? ¬†But I have been impatiently waiting for each new addition ever since. ¬†Since some of you may not know this series, I decided not to review book 10 on its own, but to give you some overall insight into the full series. ¬†You know, to get you hooked!

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Here are my top 5 reasons to pick up this series and never put it down!

 

  1. Quick reads due to fluid writing
    • Each book stays around 300 pages and avoids purple prose
    • Seems like once I start a book, I find myself only setting it down to use the toilet or sleep
  2. Fantastic characters
    • Mercy is the driving story, so she gets her own numbered reason
    • Adam, werewolf alpha that also has a sensitive and fun side
    • Coyote, a Trickster that makes the occasional appearance
    • Even the side characters that appear briefly get nuance built into them
  3. Cover art
    • Dan Dos Santos is a genius of his craft, and these covers are all splendid
    • Details match the interior story without spoilers
  4. Main character growth and maturity
    • Unlike some series where the main character becomes invincible quickly, I don’t see Mercy having that problem
    • Every experience (plot) has a profound and noticeable effect on the heroine
    • Mercy has flaws, redemptive qualities, and as much personality as a human
    • Mercy makes mistakes and learns from them
  5. Fantastic beasts and monsters
    • Besides the big bads of werewolf, vampire, witch, and fae, we are introduced to other creatures from folklore
    • No big bad is limited by the archetype (ie. Stefan the vampire loves Scooby-Doo)
    • Monsters are not just good or evil, they exist on a spectrum

Hopefully, this gives you enough knowledge to get a sense of Mercy’s world without spoiling any of the major character developments or plotlines. ¬†If you’ve already read this series, please share why you liked or disliked it! ¬†Did I miss something important for this list?