Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, Book 3)
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When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it's up to shapeshifting car mechanic Mercy Thompson to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not. And she'll have to choose between the two werewolves in her life -- whether she wants to or not.

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  • An Introduction into the Fae
    I decided that instead of back-posting all of the reviews back to when I read them, I would just slowly post the reviews in the here and now so that we can keep a review going every day even though it usually takes me a few days to finish a book.

    Today's review is on Iron Kissed, the third in the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. Mercy is a Walker possessing the ability to change into a coyote at will. Unlike her adoptive family and occasional guardians her change happens quite quickly as opposed to the longer and more painful process of changing into a wolf. Mercy definitely has the quickness of a coyote, both in physical function and in wit. She's smart, funny, and has quite the ability to kick some serious butt!

    Iron Kissed brings us through the world of Mercy Thompson to visit the Fae, a very visible set of characters, yet one that we haven't got to visit in much detail yet in the series. When Mercy's former boss and current friend is indicted for murder, life turns topsy-turvy for Mercy. She finds herself in the position where she wants to help but is being kept from doing just that. What's worse is that the force keeping her from investigating the crime and freeing her friend are the Fae themselves. They don't like outsiders meddling in their affairs and despite Mercy's ability to change into the mischievous coyote, that includes her.

    When Mercy ignores the warnings surrounding her and delves farther into the mystery, she'll be confronted with much more than she is able to handle. Will she be able to conquer the Fae magic in order to protect those she cares for or will their own stubborn nature keep her from doing that? How far will she go and what exactly is she willing to lose to find the truth?

    As always, Adam and Samuel are very present in this book. Really, there's nothing better than a spicy love triangle to sweeten things up. Who will Mercy choose? The man she loves but is afraid to lose herself to or the man she loves but can never forgive? It's a difficult choice, but one that has to be made soon to protect the sanity of the entire pack.

    I will give warning: there are adult themes in this book. There are a few scenes that may be difficult for younger readers to handle. Although I LOVE the Mercedes Thompson series, I would suggest parents scan through the book first before giving it to their younger readers.

    Warnings aside, I will say that I thought this was a truly fantastic book! I loved the story and I loved the development of Mercy, Adam and Samuel especially. We really get another look into these characters and come even closer to understanding what's truly going on in those minds! By far my favorite character is Mercy. In fact, I'd have to say that she's right up in my top five favorite female characters. She's beautiful without being overly so, strong without being invincible and she has her own set of flaws. Mostly I love Mercy because she is a survivor. She shows us that life can go on after tragedy and although it's not easy, although life may never be the same, she can go on. Okay, enough spoilerness from me! The last thing I have to say is that it was great getting to see a little bit more of the Fae part of the world. I'm super excited to see where Briggs is going to go with the tidbits she left us with....more info
  • Iron Kissed climatic center was one of the best written treatment of women and rape ever done.
    First things first, this is definitely the best Mercy Thompson book so far. Just bought the 4th hardback so I may change my mind. Each one of my reviews concludes that it was the best one so far!!
    It you are too faint hearted for blood, gore, body parts, monsters, terror and rape crimes, you are in the wrong paranormal crime solving world of the Native American/shapeshifter Mercy Thompson.
    I agree with the dozens of favorable reviews, so I don't want to go over the same areas of excellent story telling, character treatment, mystery writing, thrilling pacing that Briggs brings to her Mercy novels.
    What completely blew me away was the amazing way she wrote the scene between the EVIL Tim as Mercy makes her deadly and dangerous discovery of his crimes. Back in the 70's, Susan Brownmiller wrote the groundbreaking book, AGAINST OUR WILL, which educated a generation of Americans about the ugly subject of rape and what it does to a woman and why a man would rape her. For all the good men in the world, for all the fathers, brothers, husbands who love and cherish their mothers, sisters, daughters and wives; there are indeed men who rape and pillage women. It was a hard message to read in Brownwiller's book and it is hard to read about rape in Mercy's book. It is one thing to beat up Mercy physically, it happened in the earlier books, but it was another to rob her of her emotional inner strength and will destroy her spirit with guilt, remorse, self loathing so that she was completely defeated by his vicious rape against her will. I was riveted to Mercy's agony and how the super macho werewolves needed the education that only the bad boy Ben, another abused and traumatized werewolf could see and understand. It was a terrific chapter and can be used in rape recovery groups. I never read anything so true, so real about a woman's experience with rape.
    Whew! More Mercy, mechanic, friend, lover, protector, detective, investigator, shapeshifter. More about her Native American roots please!! ...more info
  • Love this series
    I really am liking this series. It has serious parts and humorous parts (Mercedes being her name and Volkswagens being her specialty). I won't give a synopsis of this book as there are other reviews that do so, but I will say that I liked this book as well as I liked the previous books in the series. I look forward to reading the next book, and it doesn't take a long time to get through them. If you want something good to read that doesn't take a long time to get through, I recommend this book....more info
    I have read all of the Mercy books and I absolutely love them! The books and characters continue to develop and the plot is intriguing. I would definitely reccommend that you buy this book....more info
  • Perfection!
    Iron Kissed is the third installment in Patricia Briggs's Mercy Thompson series. This one grabbed me from page one and I read it straight through in one six hour sitting.

    Mercy Thompson, the mechanic and occasional coyote, proves just how gutsy and caring she is when she risks everything to save her fae friend Zee, who is imprisoned for a murder that she knows he did not commit. She wades deep into fae territory and uncovers some of their secrets, which makes her a target for murder by many in the fae community. In the end, Mercy is badly hurt, but I believe it will make her stronger as the series goes on. The steamy Adam-Mercy-Samuel triangle heats up and comes to a perfect end, but I won't spoil it by revealing who she chooses.

    This book was perfect, I can't think of one thing that was wrong here. Briggs achieved a perfect blend of paranormal mystery, storytelling, emotional realism and romance in a story full of twists and turns. In addition to creating a world full of magical, but believable characters, Briggs perfectly captures the depth of human emotion. The scenes between Mercy and Adam after Mercy's horrible ordeal were so touching that they drew a tear (or two). And when Ben started talking and we finally saw what happened to him, the tears really started to flow.

    If you're new to the series, I highly recommend that you start with book one, Moon Called. It was a little slower for me than the second and third books, but the payoff is well worth it. Enjoy!


    Some reviewers have griped about what happens to Mercy at the end. While it was graphically described and the violence that followed was brutal, I think it was handled well by the author. This is a character that surrounds herself with violent, dangerously magical beings and I have to admit that I feared something like this was coming for Mercy - I actually thought it possible in Blood Bound. It was hard to read, and yes, I do think it odd that after all of the chemistry building, she finally gives in to Adam days after a rape. But I was glad to see that she rebounded and think she will come back from it stronger than ever - she will not give her attacker the power over her that he sought by running away or stopping her life after the attack. All in all, I think that the scene with Adam should have come much later, but I think Briggs handled it well.

    UPDATE: I just read the first few chapters of Bone Crossed (Book 4) and I have to take back what I said above. I don't want to spoil the surprise, but the scene between Adam and Mercy at the end is not at all what we thought. Adam is much smarter, stronger and more considerate than I gave Patricia Briggs credit for.

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  • Enjoying This Series
    The third book in the Mercy series, Iron Kissed, is darker than the first two. Again, I thought the strength was in the character development, but I really liked what she did with the bad guys, it was unexpected. Some readers may not like the ending - it gets a little dark and could possibly change Mercy for the worst, but I liked the author taking it somewhere different. Briggs was brave in taking her story somewhere most authors wouldn't go, and I'm glad she did. ...more info
  • Cliched fantasy read
    Other reviewers here frankly have done a better job than I can do, so I don't feel up to creating my own review. Actually, I don't feel like writing a review at all - I just want to rant.

    This book is cliched - especially the villain. You *just* know who the murderer has to be as soon as you meet him.

    SPOILER: Is it the mightly, magical fae? NAY! Is it a powerful master-vampire? NEIN, NEIN! Still can't guess? When the impossible is ruled out in literary fiction, the only thing left is the obvious possibility. It, therefore, is self-evident and irrevocable that the murderer is .. GASP.. your local, neighbourhood nerd!! - the computer geek!! (Heads nod sagely in understanding. Whispers pass around: ..he can't get girls, so he rapes them...who else could it be?...the bad geek is seriously gimped even with a magical cup to subvert other people's wills..

    Suffer Not a computer geek to live!! Geez, can't someone say anything positive about us even in fantasy? (I belong to that cadre incase it wasn't obvious). I got that deep, sinking feeling as the poor computer geek is setup to be yet another BAD, EVIL guy in yet another story - a character that is fast becoming a convenient fall guy for authors, since they appear to get little sympathy from any fiction reader out there.
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  • More Please.
    More please. I loved all three books in this series.My only complaint is that they were so fun and easy to read that they went to fast.I really hope that because Mercy picks a wolf,that it's not the end of her adventures....more info
  • Obsessed with Mercy!
    Book 3 is only a week in the life of Mercy Thomspon, Walker and Mechanic extraordinaire. Mercy owes a favor to Zee after using his vampire slaying kit a 2nd time. So, she helps Zee investigate a slew of murders at the Fae Reservation. Using her coyote nose, she discovers the murderer and a few Fae secrets. Zee goes to confront the murderer only to find him already dead where the police show up and pin him for the murder. The Gray Lords want Zee to take the fall so humans will leave them alone, but Mercy isn't so keen on her friend and mentor rotting in jail. So, Mercy does what she does best: Whatever the hell she wants. As Sam put it, "Contrary is her middle name." She follows the trail and her instincts to the true murderer and makes several other discoveries along the way: She discovers her true feelings for Sam and Adam; She discovers her strengths and weaknesses; She discovers her friends.

    I could not put this book down! I love Mercy! She isn't whiny (Didn't Bella just get on your nerves? Ugh!) She has powers of her own. And even if they aren't as powerful as all those around her, she sure knows how to use them to her advantage and to undermine others. She has her own life to live. She isn't afraid to do what she wants. She can think through the mystery without worrying about too much. She still has her weaknesses, though, which make her real. And, she still manages to piss people off, including a Gray Lord. =) But Mercy wouldn't be Mercy if she didn't ruffle any feathers. I love how the Gray Lord tells her, "I like you. You play an underhanded and subtle game--and like Coyote, you shake up the order of the world." That sums up what Mercy does in this supernatural world--she shakes things up.

    The book has lots of action, lots of intrigue, lots of passion between Mercy and her chosen, and lots of heartache with a disaster at the end. I applaud Briggs for allowing her heroine to win some and lose some, and she lost some in the end. It was handled very well. I was a little concerned with the end of the book, until I got a sneak peek at Chapter 1 of Book 4.

    All in all, if you love the Mercy Books, you'll love this one as well. I can't figure out which one I like the best, they are all very well done....more info
  • I love Mercy Thompson
    The third book in the Mercy Thompson series is Dark. Though I knew the terrible price Mercy has to pay ahead of time (I looked it up), I was still on pins and needles from page one. Iron Kissed has delicious world building and great story telling, although it lacks the humor and light-hearted moments of the previous books. I especially like the world building about the fae that Ms. Briggs brings to life. Forget Tinkerbelle - Ms. Briggs has resurrected the original fairy tales in all their gruesome glory.

    All is not right in fairyland. Mercy Thompson is called in to use her superhuman nose to find a killer as grisly murders rock the fae reservation in Eastern Washington. The lords of the fae will do anything and sacrifice anyone to keep the humans from finding out. Humans are already wary of the fae, and no one wants to give fodder to the fae hate groups. But when Mercy's old mentor Zee, who taught her everything she knows about cars and sold her the garage, is arrested for the murders, Mercy refuses to let an innocent man die. She hunts for the real killer even as the fae issue warrants for her death and fae-hate groups plot nefarious schemes around her. Will her loyalty cost her her life? By the skin of her teeth, Mercy tackles her most dangerous mystery yet. But the price is high.

    Iron Kissed is great and I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT ONE. What - 2009??? Are you kidding me? I am not a patient person. At least Cry Wolf comes out in August. It is the sequel to the novella in On the Prowl and is about Charles, Samuel's brother and the Marrok's second son.

    If you have yet to read any of the Mercy Thompson series, don't start in the middle. I highly recommend them in order:

    Book 1: Moon Called
    Book 2: Blood Bound
    Book 3: Iron Kissed...more info
  • Another great peek into Mercy's world!!
    Well, at times this was a hard book to read...what happened to Mercy hurt me as I have really come to care about these characters. Over all though, this is a solid addition to the Mercy universe. Some felt the resolution between Samuel and Mercy wasn't quite right. I disagree. I felt it was perfect. Enabling them to stay together yet keeping her romantically with yummy Adam. I am getting ready to start Bone Crossed and I look forward to another home run from one of my favorite authors!!...more info
  • Gotta read this one too.
    Patricia Briggs succeeds again with Iron Kissed. Great story that swiftly moved me into book 4 in the series. This was shorter than 1 and 2, but just as good....more info
  • Super Reader
    Mercy the mechanic is again asked to stick her nose in it to help out a supernatural friend. That old anomalous no hulk-out coyote skinwalker condition gets you into a lot of trouble.

    Someone is bumping off fae in significant numbers, but when one of the human guards for the faerie reservation is found with his head ripped off, investigations get more urgent.

    Especially when Mercy's friend Zee gets tapped to go down for the crime.

    So, lots of googling of old fae legends to be done - and a time to be happy that several blokes interested in her happen to be werewolves with all the superpowers that that particular condition entails. More than one monster around needing a big, furry helping of canine shapeshifter justice.

    3.5 out of 5...more info
  • A Great Series
    I discovered this series when the first book's title and cover intrigued me, and I bought it, despite the fact I had never read the author. It turned out to be an excellent buy...I love to discover new authors and these books are fantastic. This one, the third book, is just as great as the first. I would definitely read them in order, so you know the characters and their histories....more info
  • Beware Fae artifacts...
    Someone's killing the Fae and her old pal Zee asks Mercy to come and take a sniff and see if she can figure out who the killer is. Not that there aren't Fae with as good a nose as Mercy, but it's not a good idea to ask Fae for favors. It turns out that the Fae aren't being killed by another Fae though, and when Zee ends up framed for killing the murderer, Mercy ends up neck deep in trouble again. Of course her werewolf pals all want to help keep her safe and she can't keep the two sexy Alphas from trying to protect her, or being a nuisance and growling at each other over her while they do it. Once again, Patricia Briggs serves up a story with a great plot, lots of interesting characters, emotional upheaval, and just enough twists and turns to keep you interested without seeming too contrived. There's plenty of romance, but Mercy is never too needy or quick to let any man just take over and run the show. I like that Patricia Briggs can write a strong female character that knows her own limits (she can't beat up the werewolves and she knows it, but that doesn't mean she won't stand up for herself). Finally here's an independant female character who isn't whiny or bitchy. She knows when to drop her eyes, when to go her own way and when to tell the bossy men to kiss her a**. She's not kicking butt all the time, but she manages to get done what needs to be done. And this time she really goes through hell to do it. Long live Mercy Thompson! I can't wait for the next book!...more info
  • In the genre of "Women kick butt too"
    I'm loving these series with women who have special powers and kick butt too. I love it that Mercy is a mechanic, covered in tatoos, and isn't remotely a girly girl. This is one of those series where you can go ahead and buy all the books at once, and not be disappointed.

    There's a nice amount of romantic tension in the love triangle, but no real sex to speak of. That's only a minor flaw in my opinion, because everything else is so good. ...more info
  • About time !
    I will admit, I wasnt a big fan of Moon Called. I think it lacked a lot of detail with regards to character interaction. Mercy went about her business in saving Adam but I still felt a lot was lacking and all the detail went into Mercy's attempt at solving the crime. I would have put the book down but given all the reviews of this series I felt maybe things may get better in the second book. And Im glad I took the chance. They really do get better and better.
    Blood Bound was great but Iron Kissed is by far my favorite. The characters are well fleshed out. We are given more of an idea about each characters personality. A lot of the underlying emotions and political ramifications are also allowed to come to light. The author really did a delightful job of with this book. And the last couple of chapters were particularly heart wrenching. Not to spoil it for any one but there were a few parts where I wanted to jump through the book to strangle Tim and really really felt for Mercy. Good thing theres going to be a book four, book three's cliff hanger doesnt ask but demands for more....more info
  • Iron Kissed
    Once again Mercy gets tangled up in trouble. The action starts when she agrees to help Zee and Uncle Mike sniff out the murderer on the Fairyland reservation to end a debt she owes the fey for helping her end the vampire demon from the last book.

    Mercy determines that the murderer must be a human man named O'Donnell who works as a security guard at the Fairyland Reservation. This is puzzling news to Zee and Uncle Mike since no human should be able to kill the fey like O'Donnell managed to. Uncle Mike and Zee go to talk to O'Donnell but when they get there their suspect is already dead and the human police have just arrived and take Zee into custody.

    Since Zee is a personal friend and Mercy knows that while her old gremlin friend is capable of murder that he did not kill O'Donnell. Mercy hires the best lawyer she can find and starts digging for evidence herself.

    As usual the plot is complicated and Mercy gets in way over her head. The werewolves and her fey friends help out a lot but there is no mention of the vampires in this particular book. Once again the tension between Adam and Sam is present but in this book it comes to a head and Mercy has to make a choice.

    I particularly appreciated the last few pages of the book where the author takes some time to ponder feelings of guilt that sexual abuse victims may carry. I was almost ridiculously pleased with the revelation about Ben (the snarky, usually snarly werewolf that was abused as a child and stood up to protect Mercy). I knew there was a reason that I liked him/didn't hate him as we were obviously supposed to. That part was also particularly heart-wrenching and added a whole new human emotional depth to the story that doesn't usually find it's way into urban fantasy novels.

    I think this was my favorite of the three so far and now consider myself to be well and truly hooked on Patricia Briggs....more info
  • Slick & fast-paced fun!
    Ever since Laurell K Hamilton started writing her books more & more as erotica rather than a supernatural thriller, I've been jonesing for writers who have strong female leads and aren't afraid to use them. I picked up this series on the recommendation of a friend and I've been entranced ever since. The character of Mercy is an interesting anomaly in the world of supernatural fiction. She's just as strong, willful, and supernatural as the rest of them, but unlike her counterparts, Mercy is for the most part unaware of what she can do & has a job that doesn't rely on her Walker skills.

    In this particular entry, Mercy's good friend & fellow mechanic Zee has been accused of the gruesome murder of a human. While this is already a very bad thing, it comes in the midst of strong anti-magical being legislature and it looks very bad for Zee. Mercy of course decides that she isn't going to allow Zee to be railroaded into paying for a crime he didn't commit and investigates, unaware of the true danger that she'll be putting herself into. Also in this novel Mercy finally makes the decision that everyone has been waiting for: Adam or Samuel?

    I really enjoyed this book. I had to pace myself so I wouldn't devour it all at once (I wanted to savor it). I am honestly surprised at several of the things that happen in this book, the least of which involves what Mercy suffers at the hands of the villain of the book. Briggs really took the uncommon road in this novel as she allows her main character to suffer harms that usually do not befall the main heroine (only her friends or others), which gives us a truly new look and respect for both author & her creations. More often than not most authors make their characters all powerful and above most harm, choosing to rather have their heroines suffer hurts that can be easily wiped away by the next volume.

    Would I recommend this to a friend? Sure! While it may be a little difficult for them to jump in on the 3rd book, the main story can stand by itself easily....more info
  • Must Read!
    I read this book immediately upon its release but it left such an impact that it has taken me until now to articulate my thoughts on this title.

    To keep things simple, Iron Kissed is a MUST READ! I will not waste your time with a synopsis. There are plenty here already.

    The only thing you need to know is that PB is a consistent and wonderful storyteller. If you haven't read any of PB's titles outside of this series get them immediately!

    If you don't enjoy all of Patricia Brigg's efforts to date, you are simply in it for cheap thrills....more info
  • My new favorite series
    I blasted through all three of the Mercy Thompson books over the weekend and can't wait for the next installment. Simply put, I couldn't tear myself away from the books.

    Read them!...more info
  • Loved it!
    The third book in this series about mechanic Mercy Thompson is a great continuation. That's saying something, since there are a lot of paranormal books out there that have good beginnings and just lose their way (or their inspiration!). Not Briggs. I was very pleasantly involved in the story as Mercy gets called in by her old boss and mentor "Zee" to investigate some murders on the Fae Reservation. Soon, Zee is in jail for the murders and Mercy knows that she is the only one who cares enough to try and clear his name. Meanwhile she is still torn between the two werewolves who love her; Samuel, the lone doctor who was her first love; or Adam, the local pack alpha who ignites her body as well as her heart. Briggs knows just how to play this and finally has Mercy make her decision. (And she chose the right one too!) Overall, these books work because Mercy is not only sympathetic, but she captures the reader's heart. I would put Briggs right at the top of the paranormal writers because even though she's on book four, she is skimping on quality or plot or heart. ...more info
  • Pig Iron
    Why is it writer's seem to stumble when they get to book three? That is certainly the case with Patricia Brigg's new entry in the Mercy Thompson line. Not only is the mystery weak but in the end so is Mercy.

    Now there's no need to get out the black arm bands and dark clothing, most writer's overcome a failed novel when they do the next one, (Laurel K Hamilton excepted.), and we can certainly hope that the next time Mercy comes to town she has a story and the character to make us turn off the telly and settle in for the night.

    The jury is still out on Mercy. Skip this one and give Kat Richardson or Carrie Vaughn a read....more info
  • Really good book by a really great author
    I don't know why it took me so long to get to this one, because I've really liked all of her other books. I think it was sold out whenever I passed the bookstore and I had to wait to be given as a Christmas present before diving in. It was well worth the wait. The series reminds me of the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris because the paranormal stuff is less important to the story than the believable regular world and the people who inhabit it. It gives you the feeling that, even if the Were stuff was taken away, there would be a basis for a good story here. Recommended to romance and fantasy lovers....more info
  • Finally, Mercy gets some strength & bravery!
    Zee calls in the favor Mercy owes him. She has to walk around murder scenes on a fae reservation and use her coyote senses to try to sniff out the scent of the murderer. She figures it out, and Zee and Uncle Mike go to confront the murderer, but find him dead instead. Police arrive and pin the murder on Zee. The fae are content to let Zee rot in jail and be executed so humans will not probe into their world. Mercy cannot let Zee go down for something she knows he didn't do, so she investigates on her own ... and in the process angers the Gray Lords, the fae leaders. She also stumbles upon some very dangerous people and creatures, but will not stop her search for the true killer, even though her life is in danger.

    I'm not sure exactly how it happened, but Mercy grew on me. I didn't care for her in the first two books, but in this one, boy oh boy, it changed. I loved Mercy. She has a heart of gold and is loyal and brave and loving. She will walk through fire for someone she cares about. I'm really happy she finally made a choice between Sam & Adam. Towards the end, Mercy went through a very horrible experience, and I cried all the way through it and straight through to the end of the book. What happened to Mercy is something that's very hard for me to read about, but it was handled well and helped me to relate more to Mercy and truly care for her character. Iron Kissed was a roller coaster ride from start to finish and I definitely recommend it....more info