Welcome to the Hurog Frequently Asked Questions. We encourage you to check back as we'll be updating it periodically. Book Related:When is the next Mercy/A&O book coming out?When will Bran/Sam/Stefan get their own book?What happens next with this character/storyline?In what order do I read the Mercy/A&O books?Who do I tell if I found a typo/mistake in one of the books?Why silver bullets? When ____ will work so much better?CROSSOVER? Will we ever see Mercy and Anna in a book together?Which books are paperback and which are hardcover?Who is the artist for the book covers and why does Mercy look different on them then she is described in the books?Is there a canon started for the books?Are the Mercy books being turned into movies?When will the most recent book be out in paperback?How many Mercy Thompson and Alpha/Omega books are contracted?
Book Related:When is the next Mercy/A&O book coming out?
Mercyverse Alpha&Omega #4: Dead Heat | March 3, 2015
Mercy Thompson #9: Fire Touched | March 2016
When will Bran/Sam/Stefan get their own book?
Patty has commented that the chance of Bran getting his own book is very slim. He's a very mysterious character and she likes him like that. Sam, on the other hand, may get a book in the future, there's nothing concrete as yet but it is a possibility. As for Stefan, again, nothing concrete, but there may be a short story with his name on it someday. There is the possibility that Asil will get a short story as well. If any of these do develop you can be sure that it will posted here on the board or on the main site. Stay tuned!
What happens next with this character/storyline?
We'd all love to know what happens next with our favorite characters and storylines but those are spoilers and not something that you'll see Patty give away very often, if at all.
We encourage you to speculate with the other members here on forthcoming books and what the future holds for our favorite characters in the appropriate areas.
In what order do I read the Mercy/A&O books?
|Mercy Thompson Book 1 | Moon Called|
Alpha and Omega Book 1a | "Alpha and Omega" from On the Prowl
Alpha and Omega Book 1b | Cry Wolf
Alpha and Omega Book 2 | Hunting Ground
Mercy Thompson Book 2 | Blood Bound
Mercy Thompson Book 3 | Iron Kissed
Mercy Thompson Book 4 | Bone Crossed
Mercy Thompson Book 5 | Silver Borne
Mercy Thompson Book 6 | River Marked
Alpha and Omega Book 3 | Fair Game
Mercy Thompson Book 7 | Frost Burned
Alpha and Omega Book 4 | Dead Heat [Forthcoming 2015]
Mercy Thompson Book 8 | Night Broken
Mercy Thompson Book 9 | Fire Touched [March 2016]
We also recommend you look at the Mercy's World canon thread: A Novel Timeline
. It helps explain how the different series and short stories relate to each other. Who do I tell if I found a typo/mistake in one of the books?
Check our WeresFAQ here for typos and mistakes found by other members. Don't see the one you found there?
You can contact our WeresFAQ team:
Or post it directly in the WeresFAQ thread here.
Why silver bullets? When ____ will work so much better to kill werewolves?
A must read is Mike Briggs Silver Bullet Saga. His adventures in casting and firing silver bullets. You want to build a better
moustrap werewolf killer? There are some great ideas and discussion to be found here.
CROSSOVER? Will we ever see Mercy and Anna in a book together?
Probably not. They're both protagonist type characters so bringing them in together wouldn't seem natural. In the words of Patricia Briggs:
"I think it would be difficult. I'm not saying no, okay; I'm saying, I'm saying...ow. More likely you'll see them meet or have some interaction in a short story, which is a lot more controllable, or maybe even just like a cafe scene that I put up on my website for fun; something that does not have a plot in it, it's just fun meeting characters."
Which books are paperback and which are hardcover?
Fire Touched [January 2017]
Mercy #9: Fire Touched [March 2016]
On the Prowl
"Alpha and Omega" and Cry Wolf (together)
Dead Heat [March 2015]
Who is the artist for the book covers and why does Mercy look different on them than she is described in the books?
Daniel Dos Santos is artist for the Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega book covers. In addition, he's done the artwork for the cover Homecoming graphic novel that's in hardcover. You can see more of his work at his website.
From Mike Briggs:
"It's true, the cover-girl Mercy is a semi-slutty little vixen with a serious tattoo fetish, while the one between the covers is much more girl-next-door. We've gotten letters from people who love the covers, and letters from people who are embarrassed to read the books because of the bodice-ripper covers. After much agonizing and endless discussion, here's what we've finally come up with.
A cover has to communicate a lot of information. Urban fantasy usually features tough, tomboy female protagonists, so "tough, sexy, chick" does as much to brand these books as a cowboy hat and revolver does a western. Ideally, cover art should also tie a series together. When I see a Harry Dresden cover, I know Jim has a new book out, even before I read the title or the author. Everything else is secondary to these two functions.
Daniel made Mercy sexy, with lots of tattoos. Some people object, and that's understandable. We also get letters from people who were blown away by the covers, who never would have bought the books with more conservative artwork. Dan ALSO paints an amazing cover, with far more detail and better composition than the "average" cover artist. They look rich, and lush, and vibrant. That's worth a lot -- it communicates a sense of quality, of a job well-done to the reader.
In the end, we're happy to allow the cover artist some artistic license. He's made Mercy sexy, but also beautiful, recognizable, and those covers sell books. I picture Mercy as a lot less sexy. But would a tired-looking woman in a dirty, grease-stained pair of coveralls make a good cover?
BTW: One advantage of e-books is that no one can judge you by your book's cover!"
Is there a canon started for the books?
Yes. We have a world building section on the board that you can add details to and explore: Mercy's World and Hurog 'Verse.
Hurog 'Verse is the canon for the Hurog duology: Dragon Bones and Dragon Blood.
Mercy's World is the canon area for the Mercy Thompson series, the Alpha & Omega series, and the various related short stories.
Sianim is the canon area for the Sianim 'verse books: Masques, Wolfsbane, Steal the Dragon and When Demons Walk.
How did it start? One of our members - ksabers - was working on a 3D rendering of Mercy, and wanted to start sort of an ID card for her, to get some physical details, and it blossomed from there.
Who uses it? Patty has been known to pop into the area to grab some details, and it's just a useful area to have, a one stop shop to find out everything you can about a character or concept that you've read in the books. The official compendium and gazetteer.
Each world building area has two sections: the worksheet area and the canon area.
The Worksheet area is where you can help add facts to the canon area. Anyone can lend a hand if they like. We only take details from the US first publications, so if you have the Bone Crossed paperback, we need the page references from the hardcover.
When you post in the worksheet the mods need certain details. Post your fact, the book, and the page number:
For example. From Silver Borne: Mary Jo is an EMT (SB-174)
The moderators will take that and add it to the second section. The Canon area. This section is a read-only archive, so regular members are unable to post here. It was done this way to keep the facts front and centre, and not have them be lost upthread as more details were added.
You can also contact the Canon moderators directly:
Are the Mercy books being turned into movies?
Nothing new on this but we'll keep you updated if that changes.
When will the most recent book be out in paperback?
US editions of hardcover books are usually out between six and nine months after the hardcover release goes off the best seller list, if it made that status, otherwise, it's six months from original publication date. UK edition paperbacks are often out approximately the same date as the US hardcovers.
How many Mercy Thompson and Alpha/Omega books are contracted?
Patty is contracted, at present, for seven Mercy Thompson books. Alpha & Omega has a three book contract.
Update 03.09.11: We have this statement from Anne Sowards, Patty's editor:
I can confirm that the new deal is for two Mercy Thompson novels and one book set in Mercy Thompson’s world. The Mercyverse book might be Charles & Anna, might be Sam, might be somebody else. I don’t think Patty has decided yet!
So as it stands right now. The A&O contract is done after Fair Game is released. We'll see 2 more Mercy Thompson novels after the 2013 release for a total of 9 Mercy Thompson novels and we'll see one more Mercyverse novel with undetermined characters at this point.