Iron Kissed is the third installment in the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. I enjoyed reading the first two books in the series – Moon Called and Blood Bound and it’s a good thing I have the next books in the series because I could read them one right after the other.
Here’s the summary from Goodreads:
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.
If Moon Called was about werewolves and Blood Bound was about vampires, Iron Kissed deals with the remaining preternatural community – the fae. The fae have been forced to live in reservations ever since they came out to the public. Mercy’s former boss, Siebold Adelbertsmiter or more commonly known as Zee, goes to Mercy for help when a series of murders in one of the reservations stumps the fae. As with the other books in the series, Mercy agrees to help and ends up entangled in another mystery that leads her to have adventures a normal VW mechanic doesn’t usually experience.
The series just keeps on getting better with each book. There’s more worldbuilding and character development as we go along. Readers get to learn more about Mercy and her abilities as a walker and we also get to learn more about the people in her life. Samuel and Adam are, of course, present in all of the books. In Blood Bound, we learn more about Stefan and in Iron Kissed, we learn more about Zee. We also learn more about other secondary characters like Ben (the surly werewolf), Warren (the cowboy werewolf and Mercy’s close friend), Kyle (Warren’s boyfriend) and Jesse (Adam’s teenage daughter). I like that the love triangle finally got resolved in this one and it was done it such a way that there weren’t hard feelings involved. I’m not going to say anything more on that except that I’m happy with Mercy’s choice.
This one is a bit darker than the first two and by the time I read this, I was fully invested in Mercy and was rooting for her all the way. Which is why it’s hard for me when Mercy has a traumatic experience towards the end of the book. To those who’ve read the series, you know what I’m talking about. I really feel bad for Mercy and I may take some time off before I dive into the next book in the series. I don’t think I can handle more problems for her! But this is just me, I admit I get too involved in the characters that at times, it feels like they’re real friends. Another solid installment in an urban fantasy series that is worth watching for.
Warning: There are spoilers in the comments so don’t read them if you haven’t read this book.