Patricia Briggs is an American author born in 1965. Briggs has always described her early life in Butte, Montana, where she was born, as being rather dull until she learned to read properly. Born to a children’s librarian, it wasn’t a surprise when Briggs inherited a love for books and reading. The author had a particular interest in Fairy Tales. She also gravitated towards books about horses, this before finally nurturing her interest in folklore and history.
Order of Series
Order of Alpha and Omega: Cry Wolf Graphic Novel Series
|1||Alpha & Omega: Cry Wolf #1||2012|
|2||Alpha & Omega: Cry Wolf #2||2014|
|3||Alpha & Omega: Cry Wolf #3||2014|
|4||Alpha & Omega: Cry Wolf #4||2014|
|5||Alpha & Omega: Cry Wolf #5||2014|
|6||Alpha & Omega: Cry Wolf #6||2014|
|7||Alpha & Omega: Cry Wolf #7||2014|
|8||Alpha & Omega: Cry Wolf #8||2014|
Order of Aralorn Series
Order of Mercedes Thompson Graphic Novels Series
|2||Moon Called #2||2010|
|3||Moon Called #3||2010|
|4||Moon Called #4||2011|
|5||Moon Called #5||2011|
|6||Moon Called #6||2011|
|7||Moon Called #7||2011|
|8||Moon Called #8||2012|
Order of Mercedes Thompson Series
Order of Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson: Homecoming Series
|1||Mercy Thompson: Homecoming #1||2008|
|2||Mercy Thompson: Homecoming #2||2009|
|3||Mercy Thompson: Homecoming #3||2009|
|4||Mercy Thompson: Homecoming #4||2009|
Order of Mercedes Thompson Collection Series
Order of Mercedes Thompson Graphic Novels Series
Order of Alpha and Omega Series
|1||Alpha & Omega||2007|
Order of Sianim Series
|2||Steal the Dragon||1995|
|3||When Demons Walk||1998|
Order of Hurog Series
Order of Raven Series
Order of Patricia Briggs Standalone Novels
|1||The Hob's Bargain||2001|
Being steeped in folklore, Patricia Briggs naturally gravitated towards fantasy when she first began writing. She first began experimenting with the literary arena in 1990, with her first novel (Masques) finally coming out in 1993. While fantasy was always her genre of choice, her editor eventually urged her to give urban fantasy a try, primarily because the arena was experiencing considerable growth at the time. This is where books like Moon Called, which became a USA Today Bestseller, came from.
Patricia Briggs has degrees in History and German. She graduated from Montana State University and, at one point, worked as a substitute teacher.
Patricia Briggs Awards
Whether you love or hate Patricia Briggs as an author, her work has garnered a lot of popularity over a relatively short period of time, and the recognition and awards she has received as a result prove as much, this including the 2009 RT Reviewers Choice Award (Urban Fantasy Novel).
She was also a 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 RT Book Reviews Top Pick. The author has also been nominated for accolades like the Endeavor Award in 2015 and the Sapphire Awards.
Best Patricia Briggs Books
There are a lot of opinions surrounding Patricia Briggs’ work; while some think her edgy and unique, others have dismissed her work as being fluffy and generic. Whatever the opinion, these are the books people tend to elevate when talking about the best Patricia Briggs Books:
Moon Called: Most people know that Mercedes ‘Mercy’ Thompson is a talented Volkswagen mechanic. Most people also know that Mercy lives in the Tri-Cities area of Washington Most people do not know that Mercy is a magical being.
Mercy is a walker, an individual with the power to change her shape into that of a coyote. If that wasn’t crazy enough, Mercy’s next door neighbor is a werewolf, and her former boss is a gremlin.
And you cannot ignore the fact that she is fixing a bus for a vampire. Few people live in a world as wild as Mercy Thompson, and it is a world eerily similar to our own, but populated by creatures that go bump in the night.
And for Mercy, things are about to get a whole lot more complicated.
Marking Brigg’s initial foray into the realm of Urban fantasy, you will find a lot of people complaining about the faults of this book; what makes those complaints interesting is the fact that the readers in question almost always admit to loving the book regardless of its many faults.
The novel’s cover has received a lot of flak for being generic and uninspired; the world is pretty standard, typical of the Urban Fantasy Genre. The male characters in the story are not as nuanced as they should be, most of them quick to dismiss women as a whole and often driven to violence by the slightest of provocations.
None the less, here is where Patricia Briggs shines. Her book still manages to entertain her readers; and, in a way, it seems to drag even those haters of Urban Fantasy into the genre. One reason for this book’s success is Mercy, a strong character who isn’t irrationally strong but still stands tall.
Iron Kissed: As a walker, Mercy Thompson is a Mechanic with the power to change her shape. However, her loyalties have always stayed true. When her former boss and mentor is thrown behind bars by his own kind, Mercy will stop at nothing to clear his name, even in the face of his own resistance to her efforts.
However, with her loyalty under so much pressure from every possible direction, accomplishing her task will not be easy.
Patricia Briggs’ first true Urban Fantasy Novel “Moon Called” might have elicited a lot of complaints, but she clearly seems to have learned her lesson because all subsequent novels have improved by leaps and bounds, with Iron Kissed being one of the most impressive.
Briggs fills the book to the brim with tension in unexpected ways even while throwing some truly jaw-dropping shockers into the mix. And the characters are never compromised throughout. You can see from this book that Patricia Briggs is completely at home in the Urban Fantasy Genre.