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I Belong

Review: Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

Title: Iron Kissed

Author: Patricia Briggs

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Mercy Thompson (Book #3)

Publication Date: January 2, 2008

Format: Paperback, 287 Pages

ISBN-10: 0441015662 (ACE/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0441015665 (ACE/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


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…

Quick & Dirty: Mercy is investigating the death of some Fae, what could possibly go wrong?

Opening Sentence: “A cowboy, a lawyer, and a mechanic watched Queen of the Damned,” I murmured.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Mercy is back and when Zee calls in a favor, well really a debt that Mercy owes since apparently using Fae weapons for more than they were intended ends up with you owing favors, Mercy has no choice but to help. However, when she points out what scent she found at all four crime scenes, and Uncle Mike calls her later to let her know Zee was arrested she knows that she has to find out who killed the killer.

Mercy discovers that O’Donnell also stole items from the Fae he killed, but she can’t figure out if most of the items he stole are still in his house or if some are missing, but this walking stick she discovered has taken a liking to her. No matter how many times the Fae pick it up from her she keeps finding in it in her house, her car, she can’t seem to give it back to them.  Mercy has also come to a major decision about Adam, especially after hearing that he has claimed her as his mate in front of the whole pack.

She knows that time is running out, but she can’t quite fit all the pieces together. She knows that this is going to cost her, and the best she can do is hope to get out of this one alive.

This is an amazing book, it shows a deeper look into what Mercy is capable of, but this book also damn near breaks her. It brings her past the edge and is heartbreaking on so many levels. It is also so exciting on other levels because she starts making decisions about Adam and their relationship. Their relationship takes some major turns in this book, in the first two books he has a presence we know it is working towards that, but it is still really about Mercy. In this one, though Adam plays a very pivotal role in helping Mercy and their relationship changes because of that.

I like seriously love Mercy, she is one of my favorite Urban Fantasy characters of all time. She is continually growing in each and every book and learning about herself along the way. She grows more and more confident in her abilities and who she is and I love reliving the journey!

Notable Scene:

It happened at last, the magic moment when Samuel sucked his audience in. The old violin made a shivering sound, like an old hoot owl in the night, and I knew he’d decided to be a musician today. All the quiet whispers stopped and every eye lifted to the man on the stage. Centuries of practice and bieng a werewolf might give speed and dexerity, but the music came from his Welshman’s soul. He gave the audience a shy smile and the mournful sound became song.

Mercy Thompson Series:

1. Moon Called

2. Blood Bound

3. Iron Kissed

4. Bone Crossed

5. Silver Borne

6. River Marked

7. Frost Burned

8. Night Broken

9. Fire Touched

10. Silence Fallen

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FTC Advisory: ACE/Penguin provided me with a copy of Iron Kissed. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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