46. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, Book 1) - Briggs, Patricia
47. Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, Book 2) - Briggs, Patricia
48. Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, Book 3) - Briggs, Patricia
49. Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, Book 4) - Briggs, Patricia
50. Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, Book 5) - Briggs, Patricia
So, this is a werewolf series, with plenty of vampires and fae and witches, too. The heroine shapeshifts into a coyote. This puts her at odds with the werewolves and such. She much weaker than them physically, and she's an outsider in their testosterone-laden pack-based world. Magic works strangely around her, and she smart and stubborn, so she's always the only one who can save the day. You know, the usual. I generally liked the series, but as with most of these I like the mystery better than the romance. I think Briggs handles the gay characters better than some (*cough* P.C. Cast *cough*).
SPOILER/TRIGGER WARNING: There's a rape. I read these five back-to-back, but I think it takes place in book 3, and referred to thereafter.
I don't know how I feel about that turn of events. And I'm not sure how I feel about how the character's response to it is written. I haven't gone through that kind of trauma, so perhaps I'm not in a place to judge. And I'm sure no two rape survivors are alike. And perhaps she is writing from experience (her own or someone else's in her life) or maybe she did some research. Or maybe she's writing out of her ass and just imagining how her character would deal with it, but really I shouldn't judge because, even if that is the case, I don't know any better. My biggest problem is the need to include such trauma in book about a heroine. Do books in this genre often (or ever) have straight male central characters get raped? I should point out that there is a minor character in this series who is revealed, after Mercy is raped, to be a survivor of repeated rapes as a child, and he's not gay. But he certainly wasn't a full-grown male hero at the time, either. And we don't really see its effects on his romantic life.
They don't actually say what happens to her exactly, but some sort of sexual abuse happens to Mercy's love interest's daughter during a kidnapping in an earlier book, too. Which makes this later rape even more troubling. And they don't really deal with the girl's reaction to Mercy's rape, either. And, in general, I don't remember her kidnapping having any "onscreen" repercussions in later books, either.
I think it's too much of a Monday for me to have coherent thoughts about this. But I wanted to put it on record that this turn of events bothers me. There are other things about these stories that bother me, too, but for right now they're all hidden by this frustration about the rape.
Up next, two more Briggs books set in the same universe, but not about Mercy Thompson (yay, because I'm a little sick of her, and not only because of the situation mentioned above).
P.S. - How is there no werewolf tag?
P.P.S. - I wrote up a not-terribly coherent rant on my personal journal related to ONE of the problems I have with the Mercy Thompson books, and with other "genre" books I've been reading. Inspired by the movie "10 Things I Hate About You," I call it "the beer-flavored nipples problem."