One of my favorite authors is Patricia Briggs. I got to meet her last year at SDCC (jelly?) and I totally fucked up what I wanted to say to her..
But to the point, I am writing a review of the main character she so often writes about: Mercy Thompson.
Mercy is a car mechanic, and an independent, no nonsense woman who just happens to be a shapeshifter. This series is a part of a new genre of fantasy called urban fantasy which mostly takes place in our present day world and not in a land far, far away.
The series follows Mercy’s strange life that involves interactions with other unusual creatures such as Fae’s (fairy type beings), were wolves and witches just to name a few.
The books are very well written and Mercy’s character displays a ton of courage, humor, as well as humanity as she has to deal with a lot of trauma and does not simply brush it off.
There is some juicy romance in these books, but Mercy continues to assert her independence and makes smart decisions when it comes to love.
I think she is a very important character as she is an excellent role model for young readers to look up to. There are also plenty of references to the fact that she does not conform to the normal standard of beauty and is often eating junk food, not caring about her weight.
Patricia Briggs has set the bar for strong female characters, and I hope that other authors will take note for future projects and write with her principals in mind. I also wish for young readers, of both genders, to read these books and be inspired as well as see that Mercy is a capable person who just happens to be a woman.