Review: Iron Kissed – Series Readalong by Patricia Briggs

Posted February 22, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 26 Comments

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Review: Iron Kissed – Series Readalong by Patricia Briggs
Iron Kissed - Series Readalong
Narrated by Lorelei King

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Series: Mercy Thompson Series #3
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Penguin Random House Audio
Released on November 1, 2009
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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The Delight

The Mercy Thompson Series Readalong hosted by Anne @ Books Are My Heart continues to be a shining highlight to my month as I return to the world of Mercy Thompson where the supernatural community is darker and more dangerous and the monsters aren’t always obvious.  Mercy is the type of heroine that isn’t the strongest or most powerful in her world, but her heart and loyalty make her tenacious as she bucks the odds.  I can’t get enough of her adventures including this latest.

Iron Kissed is the third in a strongly connected urban fantasy series.

Mercy owes the fae a favor and that is not ever a good idea, but their request seems innocuous enough when she goes to the fae reservation in coyote-form to sniff out who was present at a series of murder scenes.  But, then of course it all goes sideways when she ends up where she shouldn’t, points a finger at the culprit, and discovers her friend old Zee, an iron-working fae ends up pinned for the murder of the man she scented at each scene.

The fae are intent on keeping their activities under the radar of human eyes so they leave Zee facing the human charges of murder when Mercy knows he didn’t do it.  Zee warns her as do others to stay out of it, but that only cements her determination to get to the right answers in spite of the escalating dangers in investigating what no one wants uncovered.

At the same time, her personal life is hitting a crisis point when a few of the werewolves in Adam’s pack warn her that leaving two alpha werewolves in limbo since she won’t openly decide between them is going to cause bloodshed.  Mercy’s instinct and heart tell her that declaring for one will deeply hurt the other and, more than that, she worries that one might not survive her decision.  She is leaning toward one, but is afraid that her own hard-won independence will get steam-rolled by the power of an alpha werewolf mate and love wouldn’t be enough if her true self got smothered.  But, the events of her investigation may make the decision for her in a devastating climax.

This was not even my first re-read of this book and, like the earlier books, it felt as riveting as the first time.  It is a testament to the strength of these characters, the world and the plot that one of my most detested plot types, the romance triangle, didn’t detract more than a smidge and I totally got what had her hesitating to make an irrevocable decision between two wonderful guys- which she does make, by the by.

This book goes into a dark place near the end and left tears burning for Mercy and another who suffered something similar as well as another victim of the villain.  Oddly, this latest time was the most emotional I got over this book which took me by surprise.  Ben’s role in it was my favorite part though Mercy showed her internal toughness more than ever in this one.

The focus on the fae shows the author’s gift for worldbuilding and clever plotting that added to the reader knowledge without making it a tedious dump, but fascinating background.  And, the fae that were introduced beyond series regulars like Zee or Uncle Mike were creative choices and exciting additions.

Lorelei King continues to be a queen at narrating this series and exceeded herself when greater depth than ever was called for on the emotional spectrum for several characters.

Onward I look toward the next book in the series with as much eagerness as if it were my first time.  This series is an urban fantasy must.

Challenges Met

Library Love #4
Audio #14
Literary Pickers #36 hated trope (love triangle)
Romanceopoly #14 City Lane (UF)
COYER With Frineds #46

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Mizan Japan
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Beautiful post. Love them all. Thanks for sharing it!
Have a wonderful weekend ahead!

Sophia Rose
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Appreciate you stopping by to read our posts, Mizan! You enjoy your weekend, too. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
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I have not started this series but I will at some point.

Sophia Rose
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Looking forward to seeing what you think when you get the chance, Mary! 🙂

Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
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Such a great urban fantasy series. I’m doing the read along in audio. Love the series!

Sophia Rose
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Isn’t the audio version fabulous? I’m trying to do all audio through the library, but next month it will be print b/c the audio is on a six-month waiting list. Wow!

Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
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WOW 6 month that’s a long time for this series since it’s been out for a long time.

Sophia Rose
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That shocked me, too. Each of these is waiting list, but only for a few weeks at the most. I was floored when I saw how long for book four.

Anne - Books of My Heart
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Thanks so much for joining along. Fantastic review! I’m doing something new in the post Friday and hope you will join along.

Sophia Rose
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Appreciate you doing the readalong, Anne. I’m having a blast. Looking forward to your Friday surprise.

Anne - Books of My Heart
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I hope you liked it! Thanks for linking up so everyone can read your thoughts and great review!

Sophia Rose
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Sure thing!

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
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I know you love readathons and challenges Sophia. Are you going to do the Historical Romance Readathon/Bingo in March? I’m glad you’re having so much fun with the The Mercy Thompson Readathon! I love that this was a reread, and yet it’s no less riveting than the first time! The characters, worldbullding and plot all sound phenomenal. It’s great that the narrator did such a fantastic job on the story as well. I need to give this series a shot. I’m thinking it would be good to do for the Read a Series in a Month Challenge when it comes… Read more »

Sophia Rose
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I do love the RAT and challenges. I didn’t know about the Historical Romance one. Sounds fun.

That would be fun to do this as part of a Read A Series challenge and you might go on a big binge and get them all in in a month. 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you think, Lindy.

Rachel @Waves of Fiction
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Oh, my goodness! Yes, this one was so emotional at the end, and I think I was affected by this installment more the second time around! I cried as well. Your reviews are making me want to read *listen* to the series all over again.

Sophia Rose
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Yes, I was so surprised when this latest listen caught me up in my emotions way more than the first time. So good!

Berls
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In right there with you Sophia! I’m rereading these right now, thanks to Anne’s read along and I’m loving them so much! And yes Loreli king is amazing as a narrator.

Sophia Rose
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These are the best and its even more fun to read them as a big group of us so we can share what we loved. 🙂

Lover of Romance
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Fabulous review you have here. Just reaffirming my need to read these books. Happy to see you enjoying this read a long so much

Sophia Rose
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Oh yes, I am totally pushing this series on you, Renee! You’d love it sooooo much. 🙂

Carole's Random Life in Books
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This is the book in the series that got to me. The end of this book is heartbreaking and Briggs did such a good job with the way she handled everything. Lorelei King is such an amazing narrator. Great review!

Sophia Rose
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I think this is the one that really cemented my love for the characters and the series. I didn’t expect the ending the first time, but, I agree, that it was handled amazingly.

Carole Rae
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Awww. I promise someday I’ll read something by this author.

Sophia Rose
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I will not be surprised if you keep right on reading more. 🙂

Lola
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Sounds like you’re having fun with this re-read. I hope to get around to reading this series eventually as it sounds like a good one. It must be a great book if even the dreaded love triangle didn’t diminish your enjoyment much. Good to know she does make a decision between the two guys. I might have to see if the site I use has this series in audio format. Great review!

Sophia Rose
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Oh yes, its been amazing going back to the beginning and catching things I didn’t notice and still feeling engaged in the story. Yeah, I think the big part of me being fine with the love triangle is because she doesn’t swing from one guy to the other or even encourage either of them while she’s still conflicted about her feelings. Plus, it seemed quite obvious who she really wanted.

Yes, try for audio! Lorelei King is awesome, Lola.