Heroines of Fantasy: Miss January

Ah, the first post of 2013. Er, second, since there was that special cover reveal I did last week. ;p  Anyway, I’ve decided to start the new year with a new series: Heroines of Fantasy. Every month I’ll be featuring a character from a book, movie, or possibly television series. Because if there’s one thing I love, it’s strong, kick-ass characters. And to start us off, I’d like to introduce you to Mercy Thompson.

Mercedes Thompson

“Mercy’s life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf, her former boss is a gremlin, and she’s fixing a Volkswagen bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn’t exactly normal herself.”

She’s a walker, capable of shifting into coyote shape at will, with a sharp nose for detecting supernatural creatures and an ability to sense magic at work. Mercy is the daughter of a Blackfeet Indian and a white teenage mother. When her mother found Mercy in her crib one day changed into a coyote pup, she was afraid and didn’t know how to raise such a unique child, so she took her to a family friend to be raised by a werewolf pack.

Mercy is independent and stubborn. She loves irritating her werewolf neighbor, Adam, by leaving decrepit junk cars in her yard, right in his rich, finely landscaped view. She’s a hardworking mechanic and runs her own repair shop. As a walker, she has keen senses and a resistance to some forms of magic. She can also see ghosts, which is why vampires have hunted her kind to almost extinction. (Vampires’ homes have a cloud of ghosts like flies. I’m sure you can guess why.)

And of course someone with her unusual abilities cannot stay out of trouble. She takes on lab goons experimenting on werewolves, a vampire sorcerer igniting blood lust in almost every supernatural creature, solving Fae murders, and trying to survive the volatile inner politics of vampires and Fae.

Mercy is one tough chick, but she’s also compassionate and caring. Really, the only reason she gets caught up in these troubles is by trying to help out her friends. I highly recommend you check out this heroine of fantasy in her first adventure, Moon Called.

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