Tuesday, February 12, 2008

One nosy coyote

Mercy Thompson is back in her third adventure, and this time the shapeshifting mechanic gets in way over her head. It starts out as a favor she needs to repay - and while she knew that it wasn't a great idea to owe a favor to the fae, at the time she had no real choice, and now she's stuck.

Mercede's mentor and friend, Zee, is clearly worried about asking Mercy to involve herself with the fae, but Uncle Mike, fae and pub owner, thinks Mercy's talents may be useful - and she does owe them a favor, after all. It turns out a serial killer as been on the loose at the fae reservation. When the presence of the fae became known to the general public, the fae offered to live on enclosed reservations, as a sort of way to make humans feel safe and secure (a completely false sense of security). Not much is known of what happens on the reservations, and Mercy has never before set foot inside.

Zee and Uncle Mike believe that Mercy's acute sense of smell when she's in her coyote form may help to track down the murderer. Zee is concerned about Mercy drawing attention to herself - after all, because the unique abilities of walkers, the fae killed off most of her native american ancestors when they first arrived in the new world. Unfortunately, Mercy's talents do nothing but call attention to herself, and the deeper she is drawn into investigating the murder, the deeper she is drawn into very real danger - from magical and nonmagical beings alike.

The murder mystery itself is full of twists and turns and is fun to unravel, and at the same time Mercy's personal life is also undergoing some serious changes. Her refusal to commit one way or another to Adam, the alpha werewolf she's very attracted to (but fears losing her independence if she gets together with him) has created a weakness in the pack, and she realizes she is going to have to make a choice between Adam and Samual, the man she's loved since she was a teenager.

The plot packs some hard punches, but it also reveals previously unseen aspects of the characters and their relationships with each other. I am firmly hooked on Mercy's adventures, and now will have to wait impatiently for the next one. This is is an excellent, well-written series.
Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs (Ace, 2008)

Other blog reviews:
The Movieholic and Bibliophile's Blog
Rhinoa's Ramblings
Listerary Escapism
Twisted Librarian
LesleyW's Book Nook


  1. I've been seeing reviews of this one pop up all over the place recently. Sounds like an interesting series.

  2. I keep hearing good things about this series! Sounds like one that I will like.

  3. I'm so impatient for the next one!!! Thanks for the link!

  4. Heather - I think with this, her latest book out and getting a lot of buzz, people must be going back to see what the series is all about. I just want to know why I never discover my favorite series when there are a whole bunch of them, rather than just 2 or 3!

    Nicola - Yes, I do think you'll enjoy it. It's definitely my favorite of recently discovered series.

    Ladytink - you're very welcome! It was fun going back to read your review after I'd read the book.

  5. It's so good to find another review of this. I can't wait for the next one in the series. I really felt for Mercy near the end having been through something similar but not as traumatic myself. Mercy is such a great heroine, with such a human streak despite being a walker.

  6. Rhinoa - I can't tell you how sorry I am to hear that you came anywhere near to experiencing something like that. I found Briggs' portrayal of that episode and its aftermath to be incredibly empathetic and to give true insight into such a traumatic experience.

    I agree - Mercy is turning into one of my favorite heroines!

  7. Samuel's a moron. She should choose Adam. ;)

    Will be picking this one up soon since I just finished Blood Bound. I find them easy and entertaining to read.

  8. I'd have to agree - Adam is my favorite, too! I'm still waiting for my copy of the latest one to come in - I totally missed the boat on putting it on hold at my library. Can you believe it? You'd think since I work there I'd be better about that, sigh.


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