Iron Kissed

Iron Kissed

Book - 2008
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"Expect to be spellbound"* by Patricia Briggs's #1 New York Times bestselling series starring Mercy Thompson. Being a lowly "walker" in a world of vampires, werewolves, and fae once kept her safe. But Mercy's bark--and bite--are not so harmless any more...

Though Mercy can shift her shape into that of a coyote, her loyalty never wavers. So when her former boss and mentor, Zee, asks for her help, she's there for him. A series of murders has rocked a fae reservation, and Zee needs her unique gifts, namely her coyote sense of smell, to sniff out the killer.

But when Zee is accused of murdering the suspect Mercy outed, he's left to rot behind bars by his own kind. Now 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...

*Lynn Viehl, New York Times bestselling author
Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada 2008
ISBN: 9780441015665
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER 2016


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Dec 25, 2019

I love these stories! and this one even had a swamp monster to go with all the other supernatural beings.

Dec 23, 2018

Oh My God! I read it in a day, and I reread the last couple of chapters a few times. The end was so heartbreaking, I had to get tissues to catch the tears as the emotions that Patricia captures in the story are overwhelming. Great writing and fantastic story!

Aug 24, 2017

I cannot remember the last time a book made me weep--it has to be ten or more years ago. Brilliantly written. The only problem with a Patricia Briggs story is that there is no place to pause long enough to eat or sleep or get my chores done.

Mar 15, 2017

Another great book in the Mercy Thompson series. Patricia Briggs does not disappoint.

JCLDianeH May 21, 2014

This is the third in the Mercy Thompson series. The first book was more about the werewolves. The second featured the vampires. The third deals with the fae. I like how each book in the series explains more fully the world Patricia Briggs has created.
If you like this world, check out her Alpha and Omega series, which is set in that same world.

bookfanatic1979 Dec 15, 2013

Briggs’ writing style (especially the scene between Ben and Adam toward the end) has improved leaps and bounds since her first book in this series. Be warned, though. Some terrible things happen to Mercy in this book. I won’t spoil anything here, but this is by far the most graphically violent entry so far. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot to enjoy in this book. But there’s a lot to cringe over too.

May 25, 2012

The first part was surprisingly dull.
Recovered nicely at the end.

Oct 04, 2011

First, I probably should let any potential readers know that there is a first person rape scene in this book that could be massively triggering to any rape or sexual assault survivors.

Secondly, I'm a huge Briggs and Mercedes Thompson fan, and this book greatly disappointed me, with both what was done to her as a character, and also the clumsy and ham-handed way something that serious was handled (if it had to be handled at all). The ending especially, is incredible in how tone-deaf Briggs is to the issues survivors face regarding sexual intimacy. I hear she patches this up a little in the fourth book, but it doesn't excuse ending a book in this manner since anybody reading this book might not necessarily have the fourth book immediately there for reading, and especially not when it was first published.

I was incredibly disappointed by what was a huge let down after a great second book that built on a wonderful first book and built up an incredible and powerful heroine in Mercedes.

Oct 02, 2011

Entertaining enough plot with an emotionally shocking development near the end which was entirely not what I expected. We learned a lot about the fae's secretive existence without really believing we know it all. The fae are very strange and scary...

A big focus of the book was her "choice" between her two men. We know what her choice will be but, maybe I've read too many romance novels, but I think the author did us a disservice by her shortcuts whenever things heated up! Maybe it's out-of-her-comfort-zone to write a sex scene (or a necking scene) but, come on, you can't simply skip things that important. I felt like I was left hanging when I had been anticipating a mushy scene at the very least. Well maybe Briggs intended to develop this in the next book to keep the reader coming we'll see.

I can't help but love Mercedes and all the unique characters Briggs' created in this series.

On to the next.

I had to edit this review as I started to read #4 only to realize that Briggs did not skip anything...left us hanging but literally carried on in #4. Already loving #4...lots going on already only 50 pages in.

FangFiction Mar 22, 2011

The third title of the MERCY THOMPSON series. You can't go wrong with Patricia Briggs. She's a great story teller and a master plot builder, and she has created an unforgettable set of characters. If you like the MERCY THOMPSON series, be sure to read the ALPHA AND OMEGA series, which tells the story of the “country” side of this werewolf pack. Here are the MERCY THOMPSON titles in reading order: Moon Called (2006); Blood Bound (Ace, 2007); Iron Kissed (2008); Bone Crossed (2009); Silver Borne ( 2010); River Marked (Ace, 2011); “The Star of David” in Wolfsbane & Mistletoe anthology (2010) "Red with Pearl" in Down These Strange Streets anthology (10-2011) Mercy Thompson: Homecoming (graphic novel, 2009)

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