Friday, January 6, 2012

Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson #3) by Patricia Briggs

The lighter moments of Mercedes Thompson's days are spent tinkering with VWs. When she's not workings, this attractive, shape-shifting auto mechanic is busy fighting wrongdoers and attempting to sort out her somewhat messy love life. In this, the third Mercy Thompson novel, Ms. Fix-It must work overtime to save her former boss and mentor from a homicide charge.(synopsis from Goodreads)

Iron Kissed is the third book in the Mercy Thompson series. Mercy is asked to assist in figuring out who is murdering Fae on the reservation.  Zee, Mercy's friend and mentor is later arrested for the murders. Mercy steps in to clear his name and the Fae make it very clear they do not want her help. This novel is my favorite in the series thus far. Briggs blends folklore and fiction to enhance this tale and the effect is delightful. Mercy's character growth is awesome as she is tested by some of her biggest adversaries. In this novel, Mercy make a much anticipated decision regarding the men in her life. 

Protagonist Mercy Thompson is one of my favorite kick-ass female heroes. So often the female leads in urban/paranormal fantasies are whiny and need a man to take care of them and save the day. Mercy is; fearless, thoughtful, painfully independent, smart, loyal and just.  She is also a shape-shifter and takes the form of a coyote. In her coyote form she is able to investigate and go unnoticed by others. Her sense of smell is heightened and she is able to detect lies and danger.

Mercy has a unique set of friends. Handsome, Dr. Sam, is a lone wolf whom Mercy crushed on most of her teen life. She was raised in his pack and he broke her heart. He is back in the picture and wants Mercy in his life. Smoking hot, Adam, is the Alpha of the Were pack and lives directly behind Mercy.  In an attempt to save Mercy in the last novel, he declared her his mate. Now Mercy must decide between them. 
I loved, Iron Kissed and can’t wait to sink my teeth into book four entitled Bone CrossedIron Kissed delivered a great mystery, an in-depth look at the Fae in this fascinating world Brigg’s created. We see Mercy in so many different lights. She is growing stronger and sorting out her feelings for Sam and Adam.  Mercy is also tested in this novel as a horrible event seeks to destroy everything. I love the other characters Brigg’s has created and look forward to learning more.

I recommend this to fans of urban fantasy and those who like Weres, Vamps and Fae. Iron Kissed and books one through six are available in paper, eBook and audio formats. The seventh book in the series is expected to release in 2013. 
I gave this 4 coffee cups out of 5. 

Author's website:Patricia Briggs
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At January 6, 2012 at 6:30 PM , Blogger Lady Jaye said...

I love Samuel. He's my favorite character.

At January 6, 2012 at 6:45 PM , Blogger MissKimberlyStardust said...

This is one of my favourite series! The next one is even better, I can't wait to read your review of that one. :)

At January 6, 2012 at 10:23 PM , Blogger roro said...

hav not read any yet
glad u enjoyed it and tnx 4 sharin your thoughts

At January 7, 2012 at 10:45 AM , Blogger anaavu said...

Haha this sounds like an awesome book! I've just started really liking urban fantasy so I'll be jotting it down. Had never heard of this series! Finally! Girl shape-shifters! Yippee!

At January 7, 2012 at 11:23 AM , Blogger Bea said...

I *LOVED* this book. It's my favorite in the series. My copy is well worn. Like you, I enjoyed the blending of folklore with fiction, in this case, urban fantasy.

At January 7, 2012 at 3:47 PM , Blogger samantha.1020 said...

I love this series!!! I've read the first 4 books and enjoyed each one of them so fact I would like to reread them before continuing on with the series. I'm glad to hear that you are enjoying this series as well. Great review!

At January 7, 2012 at 7:56 PM , Anonymous Terri's Little Haven said...

I've read one of these books but I don't remember which one. It was GREAT!!! I'm going to have to read this one. I'll check out their eBook on it for my Kindle. Great review, thanks for sharing!!

At January 7, 2012 at 11:08 PM , Blogger Raine said...

I've heard about this series but I haven't been drawn to urban fantasy and I'm having issues with werewolves and vamps etc. I think True Blood and TVD did something to me. Overexposed much? :D I don't know. I'll check this when I can.

At January 8, 2012 at 1:51 PM , Blogger Chrissie (Once Upon a Series) said...

This is one of my favourite series EVER and I just can't wait for book 7 to hit the shelves! Don't know how I'm going to wait until next year!!!

Great review and I hope you enjoy the rest of the books in the series :)

At January 8, 2012 at 3:35 PM , Blogger Kristin said...

I'm with Chrissie; it's going to be a long wait for book #7 (UGH!). Great review! I'm glad you're liking the series. One of the best straight UFs out there!

Kristin @myparahangover

At January 8, 2012 at 5:14 PM , Blogger Giselle said...

Oh this is a series I really want to read all of my friends are making me! haha. It sounds great though.

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At January 9, 2012 at 12:13 PM , Blogger ShoeGirl said...

I've never read a book with Faeries. I'll have to add the 1st book in this series to my "to be read" pile! :) Just started following you on Goodreads & Twitter (@_Shoe_Girl_) so I can keep up w/your reviews better (I'm fairly forgetful with remembering to check my fav blog sites).

At January 10, 2012 at 4:40 PM , Blogger Danielle said...

I have serious love for this series, and pretty much all of Patricia Briggs' writing. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

At January 13, 2012 at 1:37 PM , Blogger Rebe said...

Kimba, you are going to LOVE Bone Crossed! It's my favorite of the series, and that's saying something. Iron Kissed was a difficult book to read, but I'm impressed with Briggs' treatment of the assault.

At March 10, 2012 at 8:10 AM , Blogger Andra said...

I just read the first book in this series! It's so fabulous I can't believe it took me this long to start!!


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