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Mercedes "Mercy" Thompson was the daughter of a white woman and a Blackfoot Indian. The two had a brief affair and young Mercy was the result. What Mercy's mother didn't realize was that the father of her child wasn't human, but instead was a coyote-shifter called a walker. But the fact was revealed when infant Mercy turned into a coyote pup. Unable to handle the fact of raising a child with bizarre powers, Mercy's mother looked into finding someone who could help her and stumbled upon a werewolf pack called the Marrok. She placed her daughter in the care of the Marrok leader, Bran, as coyotes and wolves are similar wild canines. Bran found her a foster-family within the pack and the young walker grew up with the werewolves.

When Mercy was a teenager she left the pack when she learned her werewolf boyfriend Samuel only wanted her because he was sure she would be able to bear him children. Bran made sure she had werewolves near her for when she moved to the Tri-Cities area of Washington, she found herself having Adam Hauptman (leader of the local werewolf pack) as her neighbor. She found employment as a mechanic working for a fae gremlin named Zee.

During her time in the tri-cities, she found herself involved in disputes with rogue werewolves, vampires, demons, kelpies, and even fairy queens. But the biggest challenge was being mated to Adam when she found that the werewolf Alpha was in love with her.


Mercy is a walker, able to transform form human to coyote. Her walker powers also make her immune to some magics and see ghosts and see through glamours and illusions.

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Moon Called (Book One)

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Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.
  • Paperback (Ace, January 2006), ISBN: 0-441-01381-3
  • Hardcover (Ace Hardcover, March 2010), ISBN: 0-4410-1927-7

Blood Bound (Book Two)

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A demon-riding vampire has gone on a killing spree unlike any the Tri- Cities has ever seen-and the undead and werewolves sent to stop him haven't returned. A coyote is no match for a demon, but shapeshifting mechanic Mercy Thompson is immune to many vampiric powers-and those are her friends who are missing, including the two werewolves circling around her heart. Game on...
  • Paperback (Ace, January 2007), ISBN: 0-441-01473-9
  • Hardcover (Thorndike, July 2007), ISBN: 0-7862-9619-4
  • Hardcover (Ace Hardcover, January 2011), ISBN: 0-4410-2007-0

Iron Kissed (Book Three)

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Meet car mechanic and coyote shapeshifter Mercy Thompson, star of Patricia Briggs's #1 New York Times bestselling series. Being a lowly "walker" in a world of vampires, werewolves, and fae once kept her safe. But Mercy's bark-and bite-are not so harmless any more...
Though Mercy Thompson can shift her shape into that of a coyote, her loyalty never wavers. So when her former boss and mentor, Zee, asks for her help, she's there for him. A series of murders has rocked a fae reservation, and Zee needs her unique gifts, namely her coyote sense of smell, to sniff out the killer.
But when Zee is accused of murdering the suspect Mercy outed, he's left to rot behind bars by his own kind. Now it's up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not.
Mercy's loyalty is under pressure from other directions, too. Werewolves are not known for their patience, and if Mercy can't decide between the two she cares for, Sam and Adam may make the choice for her...
  • Paperback (Ace, January 2008), ISBN: 0-441-01566-5
  • Hardcover (Ace Hardcover, January 2012), ISBN: 1-9370-0714-6

Bone Crossed (Book Four)

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Shapeshifter Mercy Thompson hit the #1 spot on the bestseller list with Iron Kissed...
And she's planning a return trip.
Marsilia, the local vampire queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan. Now, she's out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack-and her relationship with its sexy Alpha-it's not Mercy's blood Marsilia is after...
  • Paperback (Ace, February 2009), ISBN: 0-4410-1836-X
  • Hardcover (Ace Hardcover, February 2009), ISBN: 0-4410-1676-6

Silver Borne (Book Five)

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When mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson attempts to return a powerful Fae book she'd previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down.
It seems the book contains secret knowledge-and the Fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn't take enough of Mercy's attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side-leaving Mercy to cover for him, lest his own father declare Sam's life forfeit.
All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn't careful, she might not have many more to live...
  • Paperback (Ace, March 2010), ISBN: 0-4410-1996-X
  • Hardcover (Ace Hardcover, March 2010), ISBN: 0-4410-1819-X

River Marked (Book Six)

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Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She's never known any others of her kind. Until now.
An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River-one that her father's people may know something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help...
  • Paperback (Ace, March 2011), ISBN: 0-4410-2000-3
  • Hardcover (Ace Hardcover, March 2011), ISBN: 0-4410-1973-0

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