by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #3
The lighter moments of Mercedes Thompson’s days are spent tinkering with VWs. When she’s not workings, this attractive, shape-shifting auto mechanic is busy fighting wrongdoers and attempting to sort out her somewhat messy love life. In this, the third Mercy Thompson novel, Ms. Fix-It must work overtime to save her former boss and mentor from a homicide charge.
Iron Kissed is the third book in the Mercy Thompson series. Mercy is asked to assist in figuring out who is murdering Fae on the reservation. Zee, Mercy’s friend and mentor is later arrested for the murders. Mercy steps in to clear his name and the Fae make it very clear they do not want her help. This novel is my favorite in the series thus far. Briggs blends folklore and fiction to enhance this tale and the effect is delightful. Mercy’s character growth is awesome as she is tested by some of her biggest adversaries. In this novel, Mercy make a much anticipated decision regarding the men in her life.
Protagonist Mercy Thompson is one of my favorite kick-ass female heroes. So often the female leads in urban/paranormal fantasies are whiny and need a man to take care of them and save the day. Mercy is; fearless, thoughtful, painfully independent, smart, loyal and just. She is also a shape-shifter and takes the form of a coyote. In her coyote form she is able to investigate and go unnoticed by others. Her sense of smell is heightened and she is able to detect lies and danger.
Mercy has a unique set of friends. Handsome, Dr. Sam, is a lone wolf whom Mercy crushed on most of her teen life. She was raised in his pack and he broke her heart. He is back in the picture and wants Mercy in his life. Smoking hot, Adam, is the Alpha of the Were pack and lives directly behind Mercy. In an attempt to save Mercy in the last novel, he declared her his mate. Now Mercy must decide between them.
I loved, Iron Kissed and can’t wait to sink my teeth into book four entitled Bone Crossed. Iron Kissed delivered a great mystery, an in-depth look at the Fae in this fascinating world Brigg’s created. We see Mercy in so many different lights. She is growing stronger and sorting out her feelings for Sam and Adam. Mercy is also tested in this novel as a horrible event seeks to destroy everything. I love the other characters Brigg’s has created and look forward to learning more.
I recommend this to fans of urban fantasy and those who like Weres, Vamps and Fae. Iron Kissed and books one through six are available in paper, eBook and audio formats. The seventh book in the series is expected to release in 2013.