Iron Kissed

July 28, 2016
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Mercy Thompson, #3
Patricia Briggs
Urban Fantasy
January 2nd 2008

I could smell her fear, and it satisfied something deep inside me that had been writhing under her cool, superior gaze. I curled my upper lip so she could get a good look at my sharp teeth. I might only weigh thirty or so pounds in my coyote shape, but I was a predator...

Mechanic Mercy Thompson can shift her shape - but not her loyalty. When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it's up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not.

Mercy's loyalty is under pressure from other directions, too. Werewolves are not known for their patience, and if Mercy can't decide between the two she cares for, Sam and Adam may make the choice for her...

(via Goodreads)


Well done, Patricia Briggs. You brought me around.

In our third edition, Mercy is called in to help the Fae deal with murders happening to their own, they believe by one of their own. Obviously, things don’t go as expected, and the werewolves get involved. Mystery solved!

Iron Kissed MercyAnd when I say things don’t go as expected. I mean, they really don’t go as expected.

As with the last two novels, I had a bit of frustration in the beginning of the book. A lawyer is called in to help defend Zee when he is arrested at the scene of a murder. Her sole purpose in this book is to allow Mercy, Kyle, and the lawyer have a conversation around what the Fae are and why they are unique. It was not as bad as book two, Blood Bound, where I was literally lectured about vampires by a professor. But it still was frustrating. We’re getting better at world building, but… it’s not perfect. In fact, we don’t even hear about the lawyer again except in passing at the end of the book. Oh, yes. She got Zee out of it. The day is saved!

Hopefully, we won’t introduce any more supernatural character species to lecture me about.

When things started to get dangerous, it was important to have people who knew as much as you did. That way, when you stupidly got yourself killed, someone would have a starting place to look for your murderer.

Yet, the mystery of who is killing the Fae was a good one. iron kissed zeeMercy gets pulled into helping solve the mystery due to a favor she owes the fae– and that can get risky. However, once Zee gets framed for the murder of a human and abandoned by the fae to avoid humans investigating their affairs, we know Mercy won’t stand down. She is repeatedly told by everyone involved (fae, police, werewolves, etc.) to let the “professionals” handle it. But, obviously, Mercy knows better. She meets a lot of interesting new characters, and honestly, I only figured out who did it right before Mercy did. Normally, I’m way more on top of things than this.

Some people are like Slinkies.They aren’t really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to my face when I push them down a flight of stairs.

I did NOT see the climax coming. It was extremely traumatic for Mercy and was quite distressing for me to read. More than anything, I’m astounded that someone’s brain came up with this concept. Huge spoiler- Mercy is being mind controlled, and her controler forces her to have “willing” sex with him. So, consensual rape? Ugh. It’s the worst. After being mentally and physically abused like that, Mercy collapses quite a bit emotionally. This is to be expected. I really appreciate how realistic everyone’s emotional reactions were. I also loved how Ben came to Mercy’s defense against Adam. His backstory being that he was sexually abused as a child, instead of a serial rapist, was a perfect fit for him. It made everything about him suddenly click into place– I think I like Ben now! The ending was definitely not what I expected, and more than a bit upsetting. Trigger warnings for everyone.

(The very ending of the book seems a bit suspect, but don’t fret. Briggs knows what she is doing and it’s taken care of well in Bone Crossed. Review to come.)

As is to be expected, Mercy still has relationship woes. As she spends more and more time with the pack, iron kissed wolf packMercy realizes that Sam and Adam fighting over her is really causing both of them, and the pack, a lot of emotional duress. The only good thing about this is that it forces Mercy to make a choice. I like the romance as much as the next girl, but I was getting a little tired of their werewolf power plays. The way this love triangle resolves itself is quite organic and believable. Plus, Mercy is still struggling with commitment issues and fear of losing not only her autonomy but her ability to make any decisions, by being with a dominant wolf. I’m sure we’ll still have lots of romance as we move forward. After all, Stefan was mostly ignored this book… and he’s a great character!

A second floor window opened, and Kyle stuck his head and shoulders out so he could look down at us. “If you two are finished playing Cowboy and Indian out there, some of us would like to get their beauty sleep.”
I looked at Warren. “You heard ‘um Kemo Sabe. Me go to my little wigwam and get ‘um shut-eye.”
“How come you always get to play the Indian?” whined Warren, deadpan.
“Cause she’s the Indian, white boy,” said Kyle.

After finishing this book, I immediately had to start reading the next book. Congrats, Patricia Briggs! You converted me. These still aren’t my favorite books in the world, but it’s some great pop-fiction.

More on werewolves, vampires, and fae coming up!

3 stars

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