Hopcross Jilly by Patricia Briggs
Welcome to Saturday Shorts where we feature short stories and novellas. This Mercy Thompson adventure lets us see more of Mercy’s step-daughter, Jesse. Jesse’s a pretty cool kid; it’s fun to see a little more of her story.
Publisher’s Description: Mercy is a shapeshifting coyote and honorary member of the Tri-Cities werewolf pack. When the pack stumbles upon the buried bones of numerous dead children, she shapeshifts into a mystery of the legendary fae – a mystery that draws Mercy’s stepdaughter Jesse into the fray! The supernatural romance series Mercy Thompson continues in this all-new, original story by New York Times bestselling author, Patricia Briggs, exclusively created for the comic book medium!
This 168 page hardcover collects the six-issue Mercy Thompson comic book series by PATRICIA BRIGGS, RIK HOSKIN, and TOM GARCIA and features the original script and line art to issue #1, along with character designs and sketches by Tom Garcia.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Hopcross Jilly is the second original graphic novel in the Mercy Thompson series — the first being a prequel, Homecoming. Jilly is set between Frost Burn and Night Broken, and takes place just after the events of Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega Book 4).
There are two things I like about this short story. First, I really like seeing more of Jesse’s perspective. Jesse is always written as a great kid. She deals maturely (mostly) with her mom, her dad’s werewolf pack, and with Mercy as a new step-mom. But rarely do we see things from her perspective. In Hopcross Jilly, part of the story is told by Jesse, so we get some real insight into her mindset and how the world is for her now that her dad is openly known as a werewolf. As one might expect, high school is not kind to her, but she deals with it as best she can.
The second thing I like about this story is the way it continues the storyline about the Fae. You don’t have to know anything about any of the Mercy Thompson or Alpha & Omega stories to enjoy Hopcross Jilly; but, if you are reading the series, then this story’s placement in both is important. In Dead Heat, we saw a Fae — who are all supposed to be on the reservations and controlled by the Grey Lords — out in the world and preying on mortal children. But, at the end of the story, we are left without an answer as to why this Fae is out in the world. Hopcross Jilly shows us another “escaped” Fae preying on mortal children, but this time we learn why — and that reason will, I suspect, have big implications in upcoming books.
If you like this book…
You might try Homecoming, the Mercy Thompson prequel graphic novel, Blood Work and Blood Crime — two original graphic novels in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison, or Welcome To The Jungle, Ghoul Goblin, and War Cry — original graphic novels in the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher.