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Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

June 06
This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Mercedes Thompson Series

Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes
Mercy Thompson, Book 3
Publisher: Ace (January 2, 2008), Paperback: 304 pages, ISBN-10: 0441015662, ISBN-13: 978-0441015665

A mystery, who is killing the fae, and why? It is not a good idea to owe the fae a favour, but since Mercy does, she is drawn into their world.  Add into the mix the arrest of her good friend Zee for these murders and Mercy becomes relentless at searching for the real killer.  She is a Walker, a Native-American shapeshifter who can change into a coyote at will and she will use everything at her disposal to solve this problem, despite the horrors that she must face.

There are currently six books in The Mercedes Thompson Series. The series revolves around Mercedes Thompson (Mercy,) a preternatural being who is also a strong, independent woman who makes her living as a mechanic. Patricia Brigg has written several other series which fall into the Paranormal Romance, High Fantasy, and Fantasy genres. She has written numerous short stories. This series is considered Urban Fantasy or Contemporary Fantasy. The books are told in a first person narrative with Mercy’s voice and thoughts as she finds and fights the culprit.

The story grabs our interest from the first page and keeps pulling us in and engaged right up until the last word. The mystery as to who the killer really was, is well told and keeps us guessing right up until the end. There is a serious look at rape and abuse within this story that I felt was very well written, without becoming gross. What happened to mercy was very sad and her reaction to it made me cry.  We get a better understanding of Ben and why he is the way he is. I thought her battle through recovery was realistic.  I liked how Mercy’s love life unfolded. Overall,  I thought the writing was good.

This is a stand alone book, it has an exciting story that builds up to a good, although somewhat sad, conclusion.  I am curious to see where this series is going and what else Mercy is going to get up to, so I am going to read the next book in the series. I recommend this book and I felt it was significantly better than Blood Bound. Iron Kissed is a good read in the Contemporary Fantasy landscape. If you enjoy books with werewolves, shapeshifters, fae, vampires and witches then you will enjoy this book, but you should read the books in order.

Questions to ponder….

If you have read any of the Mercedes Thompson books, which book was your favourite and why?

Do you like this series?  Do you think it is worth while continuing to read?

Do you think this is an original series or do you think it is similiar to some other one?  If so, which one?

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