Meet car mechanic and coyote shapeshifter Mercy Thompson, star of Patricia Briggs's #1 New York Times bestselling series. Being a lowly "walker" in a world of vampires, werewolves, and fae once kept her safe. But Mercy's bark-and bite-are not so harmless any more...
Though Mercy Thompson can shift her shape into that of a coyote, her loyalty never wavers. So when her former boss and mentor, Zee, asks for her help, she's there for him. A series of murders has rocked a fae reservation, and Zee needs her unique gifts, namely her coyote sense of smell, to sniff out the killer.
But when Zee is accused of murdering the suspect Mercy outed, he's left to rot behind bars by his own kind. Now 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...
A while back, I had a conversation with Anna @ Herding Cats Burning Soup blog. It started out with a discussion about how many of our older reads were getting hazy in our minds and that we didn’t even have notes or reviews on them to help jog the memory. From that was born the idea of doing an occasional (and by that I mean quarterly at most) re-read to catch up with some of those oldies, but goodies.
This was a re-read of a favorite book by one of my favorite authors. I decided to try an audio version for a slight change and to see how much I liked listening to the story as opposed to reading it. I found the whole a delightful experience. This author’s writing of character’s monologue and dialogue could have been meant to be read aloud.
“It’s only fair to warn you that you sealed your fate tonight. When you knew you were in trouble, you came to me. That makes twice, Mercy, and twice is almost as good as a declaration. You are mine now…. Ben says you might run. If you do, I will find you and bring you back. Every time you run, Mercy. I won’t force you, but. .. No more excuses, Mercy. You are mine, and I am keeping you.” Adam to Mercy in Iron Kissed.
A series of murders in the fae community, a friend accused of murder, conflicted relationship issues, and Mercy’s life couldn’t get more interesting- only, it really could. Captivating story with a shocking and intense finish for this third of the Mercy Thompson series.
Mercy Thompson is a series that really should be read/listened to in order. Iron Kissed assumes the reader is familiar with the Mercy Thompson world, the characters, and the events leading up to this story.
Mercy is called in by Zee and Uncle Mike to repay the favor she owes the fae for borrowing one of their artifacts. She is meant to help them discover the culprit in a handful of fae murders that have been hushed up. Her coyote nose leads her in a surprising direction and soon after Zee is taken by the human police as the prime suspect in a murder. The fae are willing to toss Zee under the bus to get things quickly dealt with and hushed up. Mercy is not. She keeps pushing for the truth even when she is warned away and threatened.
Meanwhile, Mercy has to figure out her feelings when it comes to the two alpha werewolves who see her as a potential mate. There is Samuel, her first love, and there is Adam, the local pack alpha who scares her because he arouses deep feelings that make her want to give in. And Mercy wants to run from both choices while at the same time she knows deep down the one she wants to make.
This third installment turns the focus to the fae community and offers up a cunning murder mystery ala paranormal-style. Mercy is the chief character and the sole narrator. Pacing varies and is varied by action, character and relationship plot development. Iron Kissed gives a lot of background into the fae as a race, but also tackles Mercy’s private battles when it comes to love and a horrific event she may just not come back from.
The author has stellar writing ability and it shines in this gutsy third book where she allows her tough heroine to experience a dark and desperate moment of helplessness and weakness. This book will be a turning point in the series.
For this reading, I experienced Iron Kissed in audio format. Lorelei King was the narrator. Her storytelling was lights-out magnificent. I saw this story clearly in my mind and felt it as she told it. Even if you’ve already read the books like I have, there is a whole other nuance added when you get Ms. King narrating the story.
In summary, another amazing story from the Mercy Thompson series. I am in high anticipation of my next encounter with the series as I experience my re-reading through audio. Urban Fantasy lovers really must reach for this series.
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