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Monday, November 2, 2009

Review: Mercy Thompson: Homecoming by Patricia Briggs

Title: Mercy Thompson: Homecoming
Author: Patricia Briggs
Genre: Graphic Novel
Release date: 08/25/09
Mercy Thompson is a walker, a magical being with the power to transform into a coyote. She lives on the fine line dividing the everyday world from a darker dimension, observing the supernatural community while standing apart.

When Mercy travels to the Tri-Cities of Washington for a job interview, she quickly finds herself smack-dab in the middle of a gang war between rival packs of werewolves. And as if fangs and fur weren’t bad enough, Mercy must deal with the scariest creature of all: her mother, who is convinced that Mercy is making a mess of her life and determined to set her daughter on the right course.

Plot: 4 Stars
The story felt a little rushed. I understand that a graphic novel is more visual than reading a novel, but it just seemed to jump around a little bit. I liked the bits and pieces of the past brought in, but it was hard to differenciate it from the present. I did like the overall story though. It gave a little more insight into how Mercy got to the Tri Cities to begin with.

Pace: 4 Stars
This is a hard category to judge. On one hand, I felt like the story was too rushed. But on the other hand, I can't imagine it reading so smoothly if the pace was slower. It works well for a graphic novel. I just don't think I'm much of a graphic novel person. More visual people will definitely enjoy it.

Characters: 3.5 Stars
There wasn't enough character building for me. You will definitely want to read the Mercy Thompson books first (series starts with Moon Called) to get a better handle on the characters.

Cover: 5 Stars
The cover, along with the rest of the artwork in this graphic novel was phenomenal. Although some of the character portrayals didn't match the ones in my head, they still worked.

Overall: 4 Stars

Disclosure: I bought this book for my own enjoyment.

1 comment:

  1. I have always struggled with graphic novels (I tried a number of Buffy season 8's) I just don't respond as well to the comic book style. But as a die hard Mercy fan, I still want to check this one out. Thanks for the review.


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