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The third book in Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series.
Mercy is a shapeshifter coyote with native american heritage. A skinwalker able to 'shift' at will she lives in the Tri-Cities area and works as a mechanic.
The world she lives in knows about the creatures of the Fae as they came out to the world during a murder case several decades before on the orders of the mysterious and scary Grey Lords.
Mercy has been through quite alot in the last two books fighting her attraction to her Neighbour and leader of the local wolf pack Adam, juggling her feelings for her old love the wolf Samual son of the Marrock (leader of the Packs of America who she grew up with) who recently moved in with her, and dealing with the local Vampires through her friend the Scooby Doo obsessed vampire Stefan.
In this book Mercy is asked to solve a series of fae deaths occuring on the fae reservations for her old boss and mentor Zee (Ziebold Adeblbertsmiter a metalworking fae able to touch iron which few fae can do he owned the garage and trained Mercy as a Mechanic, then sold it to her after the Fae came out and the public reacted badly to their existence setting up the reservations)
Im the process of her investigations Mercy learns more than the fae want her to know and experiences the most traumatic events of her life.
Patricia Briggs writes a beautiful series, her writing style flows easliy and you sink comfortably into her books. She explains everything well without patronising a reader and draws you into her worlds and characters who feel fully alive. You fight with them, and cry with them.
Anyone who loves Supernatural fiction should read this series, though i'd recommend starting from the beggining so you know the background and characters patricia Briggs is pretty good at keeping the background sensible if you did choose to start the series with this book.
I personally think this is one of my favourite authors her heroine has real strengths and weaknesses and she's just so easy to read. She has some funny moments and she handles the incidents in this book that Mercy goes through with sensitivity and tact without being overly explicit.
This is the third instalment in the ongoing urban fantasy series about Mercy Thompson and to fully appreciate this book, it would be best to begin at the beginning with the first two books of the series, "Moon Called" and "Blood Bound", in order to get to grips with the back story and characters in the books.
Mercy is a "walker", a person who can shapeshift from human to coyote and she was raised by werewolves. She now lives away from the pack who raised her and is working as a car mechanic in a garage once owned by Zee, a member of the Fae community. Yes, in Mercy's world, there are fae as well as werewolves and a few vampires thrown in for good measure and somehow the author manages to make this world totally believable.
In "Iron Kissed", the focus is mainly on the Fae who have come out to humans and many of them now live in reservations. Zee, a member of the Fae community and Mercy's former boss and close friend, has been arrested for murder and he has been abandoned by his own kind and is resigned to his fate. Mercy investigates the murder in an attempt to clear Zee's name.
The subplot involves the choice that Mercy must make between the two males in her life: Adam Hauptman, the alpha of the local werewolf pack who has declared Mercy as his mate and Dr Samuel Cornick, son of the Marrock, and Mercy's first love. The Marrock is leader of all the werewolves living in America.
All in all, this was a great follow-up to the previous two books and definitely moves the series forward, giving new insight into the world of the Fae and further building this strangely believable world in which Mercy lives. For myself, I can't wait for the next book in the series due out in January.