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ISBN13: 9780441015665
ISBN10: 0441015662
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I love this series and couldn't wait for the third installment, Iron Kissed. It was well worth the wait! Mercy is a kick-ass hero who takes no prisoners and just happens to be a shape-shifting mechanic living in a world of werewolves, vampires, and other magical creatures. Briggs's characters are original and entertaining, and she weaves a magical world that is not only believable, but also fascinating. Iron Kissed finds Mercy knee-deep in fae (fairy) politics and intrigue as she tries save a friend from execution for a crime he couldn't have committed. The ending includes a huge payoff for those of us wondering who Mercy's heart really belongs to — making Iron Kissed the best yet in the series.
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Publisher Comments:

When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder, its up to shape-shifting 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.

Review:

"Shape-shifter Mercy Thompson has a complex life, juggling two werewolf lovers and a job working for a fae mechanic; things get even more hectic when her boss and mentor is arrested for killing a citizen of the fae reservation. As the fae seem content to let him rot, Thompson takes it on herself to clear her friend's name, beginning a lone-wolf investigation that may cost her life. Briggs's third novel featuring Thompson (after Blood Bound) is another top-notch paranormal mystery; her well-balanced contemporary world, where humans live uneasily among werewolves and fae, is still a believably lived-in world; the ever-present threat of government legislation against nonhumans (though familiar to X-Men fans) adds weight to her paranormal elements, and thoughtfully researched mythology adds rich detail. Thompson is a sharp, strong heroine and her lycanthropic love triangle is honest and steamy. Briggs never shies from difficult material, and she moves effortlessly from werewolf pack psychology to human legal proceedings, making this a tense, nimble, crowd-pleasing page-turner." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"In the increasingly crowded field of kick-ass supernatural heroines, Mercy stands out as one of the best." Locus

Synopsis:

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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Patricia Briggs lives in Butte, MT.

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Cinnamon, May 23, 2010 (view all comments by Cinnamon)
Patricia Briggs' books just keep getting better and better! This third installment of the Mercedes Thompson series, IRON KISSED, introduces us to the Fae and brings a compelling sense of tension. A fantastic story, this is one that you definitely can't miss.

Iron Kissed, the third in the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs takes us to a whole new world that is rich in detail and drama. Mercy is a Walker possessing the ability to change into a coyote at will. Unlike her adoptive family and occasional guardians her change happens quite quickly as opposed to the longer and more painful process of changing into a wolf. Mercy definitely has the quickness of a coyote, both in physical function and in wit. She's smart, funny, and has quite the ability to kick some serious butt!

Iron Kissed brings us through the world of Mercy Thompson to visit the Fae, a very visible set of characters, yet one that we haven't got to visit in much detail yet in the series. When Mercy's former boss and current friend is indicted for murder, life turns topsy-turvy for Mercy. She finds herself in the position where she wants to help but is being kept from doing just that. What's worse is that the force keeping her from investigating the crime and freeing her friend are the Fae themselves. They don't like outsiders meddling in their affairs and despite Mercy's ability to change into the mischievous coyote, that includes her.

When Mercy ignores the warnings surrounding her and delves farther into the mystery, she'll be confronted with much more than she is able to handle. Will she be able to conquer the Fae magic in order to protect those she cares for or will their own stubborn nature keep her from doing that? How far will she go and what exactly is she willing to lose to find the truth?

As always, Adam and Samuel are very present in this book. Really, there's nothing better than a spicy love triangle to sweeten things up. Who will Mercy choose? The man she loves but is afraid to lose herself to or the man she loves but can never forgive? It's a difficult choice, but one that has to be made soon to protect the sanity of the entire pack.

I will give warning: there are adult themes in this book. There are a few scenes that may be difficult for younger readers to handle. Although I LOVE the Mercedes Thompson series, I would suggest parents scan through the book first before giving it to their younger readers. I don't want to post spoilers here so I won't go into specifics, but if you would like more information, you're welcome to leave a comment and I will email you privately.

Warnings aside, I will say that I thought this was a truly fantastic book! I loved the story and I loved the development of Mercy, Adam and Samuel especially. We really get another look into these characters and come even closer to understanding what's truly going on in those minds! By far my favorite character is Mercy. In fact, I'd have to say that she's right up in my top five favorite female characters. She's beautiful without being overly so, strong without being invincible and she has her own set of flaws. Mostly I love Mercy because she is a survivor. She shows us that life can go on after tragedy and although it's not easy, although life may never be the same, she can go on. Okay, enough spoilerness from me! The last thing I have to say is that it was great getting to see a little bit more of the Fae part of the world. I'm super excited to see where Briggs is going to go with the tidbits she left us with.
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Mardel, July 30, 2009 (view all comments by Mardel)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book (# 3 in the Mercy Thompson books).

Patricia Briggs used her words to good effect, as usual. Something horrible happens to Mercy, and the way she handles it is so believable, it breaks your heart.

The narrative is written well, the dialogue is good, there's a nice twist in there, and I found myself getting so pissed at the old fae (Mercy's former boss)with the way he behaves to Mercy, and yet Mercy's character made it understandable (the way of the fae). Patricia Briggs has surpassed herself with this book.

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curlygurl, March 4, 2008 (view all comments by curlygurl)
Mercedes Thompson is one of those characters who stays with you long after you have finished the book. The loyalty between Mercy and her friends, the romantic tension of an inter-species love triangle, and the mysterious world of the fae...all come together in one exciting read. I recommend reading these books in order so you don't miss one juicy moment!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780441015665
Author:
Briggs, Patricia
Publisher:
Ace Books
Author:
Various
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Werewolves
Subject:
Automobile mechanics
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Occult fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Mercy Thompson Novels
Series Volume:
03
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
6.76x4.26x.81 in. .32 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Staff Pick" by ,

I love this series and couldn't wait for the third installment, Iron Kissed. It was well worth the wait! Mercy is a kick-ass hero who takes no prisoners and just happens to be a shape-shifting mechanic living in a world of werewolves, vampires, and other magical creatures. Briggs's characters are original and entertaining, and she weaves a magical world that is not only believable, but also fascinating. Iron Kissed finds Mercy knee-deep in fae (fairy) politics and intrigue as she tries save a friend from execution for a crime he couldn't have committed. The ending includes a huge payoff for those of us wondering who Mercy's heart really belongs to — making Iron Kissed the best yet in the series.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Shape-shifter Mercy Thompson has a complex life, juggling two werewolf lovers and a job working for a fae mechanic; things get even more hectic when her boss and mentor is arrested for killing a citizen of the fae reservation. As the fae seem content to let him rot, Thompson takes it on herself to clear her friend's name, beginning a lone-wolf investigation that may cost her life. Briggs's third novel featuring Thompson (after Blood Bound) is another top-notch paranormal mystery; her well-balanced contemporary world, where humans live uneasily among werewolves and fae, is still a believably lived-in world; the ever-present threat of government legislation against nonhumans (though familiar to X-Men fans) adds weight to her paranormal elements, and thoughtfully researched mythology adds rich detail. Thompson is a sharp, strong heroine and her lycanthropic love triangle is honest and steamy. Briggs never shies from difficult material, and she moves effortlessly from werewolf pack psychology to human legal proceedings, making this a tense, nimble, crowd-pleasing page-turner." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "In the increasingly crowded field of kick-ass supernatural heroines, Mercy stands out as one of the best."
"Synopsis" by ,
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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