Friday, February 12, 2010

Review: Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson #3)

"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 care for, Sam and Adam may make the choice for her..."

Iron Kissed, by Patricia Briggs, is the third novel in the Mercy Thompson series. Mercy (Mercedes), coyote shapeshifter and auto mechanic, is digging herself deeper into more complex and dangerous paranormal cases. At this point, there is no turning back as she unravels the secrets of the supernatural within her small Washington state community. She becomes involved in fae affairs as she struggles to clear her friend and mentor's name of murder. Someone has stolen ancient fae relics, and mysterious deaths have occurred within the fae's settlement.

When the reservation guard dies, Zee becomes the prime suspect and goes to jail. He refuses to speak even when Mercy hire the best criminal defense lawyer to assist his case. She must determine who is the killer. However, terrible consequences continue to affect her ability to solve the case; being the lone investigator may cost her life. Meanwhile, a growing love triangle finally engulfs Mercy. She must decide whom she will mate with among the werewolves. Both Sam and Adam are honorable and decent men but have control issues. Who will she pick, and will her life change for better or for worse?

Iron Kissed is one of Briggs' best novels. It is packed with emotion, mystery, romance, action, and fantasy to entertain readers throughout the story. Briggs is a genius with worldbuilding and character development. She makes readers become attracted to Mercy's personality and courageous struggles. I highly recommend this series to paranormal romance and urban fantasy readers!

This series only gets better. Mercy Thompson is at a crossroads: she can no longer play games with the alpha werewolves, Sam and Adam. She has to choose her path, and decide who she will ultimately mate with. She is a free, independent spirit, but it is dangerous to fool with werewolves' emotions and feelings too long. In the end, she also becomes vulnerable when one incident changes her life: rape. Did it really occur? Briggs did not explain clearly, but the idea of sexual abuse is devastating. She feels defiled, isolated, and fearful. I can't wait to see how Mercy rises above this situation in the next book.

Stay tuned for the fourth novel of the Mercy Thompson series, Bone Crossed.

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