Title: Iron Kissed
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercedes Thompson #3, Mercy-verse #12
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Paranormal fantasy, Strong women, Werewolves
Publisher: Ace fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: The magazines on the bottom shelf had given up any pretense of art – judging by the photos on the covers.
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…
This is both one of my favourite, and least favourite books. Mostly because of the fact that it features sexual abuse. The very ending of the book makes me cry every single time. Not just because of the horrors that Mercy is forced to face, but also because of the fact that she has an amazing support system. And, that you finally find out what has happened in Ben’s past to make him such a dick.
Where Moon Called was about werewolves, Blood Bound about vampires, Iron Kissed delves deeper into the world of the fae. Zee’s calling in of a favour (much like Stefan’s) leads to a world of pain, and Mercy’s further discovery of the things that truly go bump in the night. I love that there is a lot of well-informed bases upon the lores of the fae. But, Briggs is able to bring it to a modern setting and in a way that makes it almost plausible to believe that the fae could be existing alongside us.
Iron Kissed forces Mercy to not only begin to face her past, but it also forces her to make a choice about her future. Sam and Adam have been vying for her attention since Moon Called, and she needs to make a choice before it all ends in bloodshed. Sometimes a good love triangle is fun in a story, but the fact that Mercy is so quickly forced into a decision in this series, actually is more enjoyable. I loved the fact that she is kind of indecisive, but there is also a lack of the back and forth that is present in a lot of series. Don’t get me wrong, that is fun. But it’s also nice for a romance to start quite early in a series.