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)
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