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Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, Book 3) (edition 2008)

by Patricia Briggs

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Title:Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, Book 3)
Authors:Patricia Briggs
Info:Ace (2008), Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
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Tags:Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Vampires, Shapeshifters, Witches, Weres

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Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

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I love these characters, and this book continues to develop all of my favorites. Just as the last book brought in more vampire business, this one brings in more of the fae. The relationship between Mercy and Zee is one of my favorites, and it's given a few moments to shine in this volume. Although the book does take a darker turn toward the end, I appreciated that far less time and description is spent on the actual violence and far more on the aftermath and recovery from that violence. I also appreciated that the love triangle business is essentially done after this book and the characters can all move on with their lives. I have to also mention that one of the things that I love about these books is that the main character has people who love her and people who really just don't, and they're not evil or necessarily her enemies for not liking her. Some eventually come around to loving her, others won't. It's a touch of realism that sometimes gets missed in books like these. ( )
  duchessjlh | Jul 5, 2016 |
Easily my favorite of the series so far. Very well written. Descriptive without being too much and wonderful characters. And just when I thought the story was at an end there was one tiny twist that wrapped things up more and was very satisfying. ( )
  thanbini | Jun 19, 2016 |
3.5 stars

"It wasn't hard to follow the scent of blood to the living room where the fae had been killed. It had been a violent death, perfect for creating ghosts."

The shapeshifter series continues with this third book, Iron Kissed, and while I didn’t enjoy it as much as the second, it’s still a goodie.

There was just something about the mystery, which took up most of the book, that I found dull compared to Mercy’s usual adventures. The most potent thing- without a doubt – is that ending. WOW. The book takes a tragic, unusual, gut-wrenching turn for our main character.

Frankly until the second half of the book, the book lagged behind for my tastes. I’m pleased there was an end to the mild love triangle at least, and that it’s now dissolved and pushed out of the way for further plot development.

Also I’m not a fan of the fae because most of the time in these kinds of books they just piss me off and bore me at the same time. No exception here. The other supe stuff takes a backseat. 
What worked the most for the book were the characters, who were amazing as always, and I’m really digging Honey now as a friend and new intro. The interactions between Mercy, Adam, and Samuel help bring resolution to lots of existing issues. I did miss Stefan tons though, nothing from him at all for this story.

Briggs impressed me as a writer with the way she handled the delicate shocker. She did a risky rarely-done move at the end that most authors of single POV stories don’t attempt without a last minute rescue. What was more impressive is the way she handled it at the ending, the convincing and heartbreaking aftermath.

A big turn has taken for Mercy. It is tragic yet beautifully written, morbid but fascinating in how it’s character changing. It stands as the best part of the book, even if what happens isn’t something that someone wants to read about.

Briggs didn’t end with a bang, however. A bang indicates explosiveness, quickness, shocking intensities. This was a shock, but a quiet, sobering one. A gasp that’s low because noise of surprise can barely escape.

If you enjoyed the first two, you will likely like this one as well.
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  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
loved this one to. ( )
  Emmy_Gerard | Jun 3, 2016 |
Iron Kissed
4 Stars

The world building focuses on the fae and provides some fascinating background and explanations on the various subtypes including the Grey Lords, the Selkie and the Carrion Crow. The amalgamation of myth and fairytale within the storyline is seamless and engaging.

The murder mystery is a weak point. Although the idea of a serial killer targeting the fae has potential, the investigation is subsumed within so many other events and details that it all but disappears as does the underlying anti-racist message. Moreover, the resolution is completely overshadowed by the killer's attack on Mercy.

Speaking of which, the rape is completely unnecessary either to the storyline or the character development. In fact, having Mercy humiliated in this way only serves to undermine her characterization as a strong-willed, independent and kick-ass heroine. It can be argued that the emotional impact of the event strengthens Mercy's relationship with both the pack and the men in her life, but surely there is a better way of achieving these without undercutting the heroine. Thankfully, the last chapter of the book suggests that she is on the road to recovery and somewhat mitigates the harm done.

This situation, together with the lack of positively portrayed female characters in the series, is beginning to lead me to the unfortunate conclusion that Brigg's doesn't seem to like women very much. I hope that the next books will prove me wrong.

On a happier note, the love triangle subplot finally comes to an end when Mercy makes a choice between Adam and Samuel. Her ultimate decision is based both on logical reasoning and emotional investment and is, I believe, the correct choice for her.

All in all, despite my issues with the questionable plot device in this installment, the Mercy Thompson series is well written and entertaining, and I have to admit that the scene between Ben and Adam had me tearing up. Looking forward to what happens in Bone Crossed. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Jun 1, 2016 |
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Dos Santos, DanielCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
King, LoreleiNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It wasn't hard to follow the scent of blood to the living room where the fae had been killed. It had been a violent death, perfect for creating ghosts.

Mercy Thompson enjoys being a mechanic, but life is never simple given her increasing closeness to the local werewolf pack, and her ability to change into coyote form at will. And when a member of the fae comunity calls in a favour, needing her skills for a covert murder investigation, she jumps into the hunt.

But the dangers multiply and she clashes with shadowed creatures of great power. When her old boss Zee is charged with a brutal assassination, Mercy finds herself fighting alone. There are those who love her, who would keep her safe, but she is wary and holds her freedom precious. Until, that is, she has nothing left to lose but her life...
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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.

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Shapeshifting mechanic Mercy Thompson finds her loyalty sorely tested when her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, while she is trying to choose between Sam and Adam, the two werewolves she loves.… (more)

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