Skip to main content

Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

Wow. So this series just keeps getting more and more intense. And in such unexpected ways. I love it when an author has the ability (and the guts) to slip in a real shocker without compromising her characters or the story as a whole. In a series, that's particularly hard to do without making it seem like a gratuitous plot twist inserted merely to keep the series going. Patricia Briggs has a 7-book deal for her Mercy Thompson series and book three has shown that not only does she know exactly what she's doing, but that we can trust her. To keep her characters and her world consistent. To take them down the right paths and introduce them to the right people...or werewolves and vampires in this case.

Mercy lives in a world where werewolves, vampires, and the fae exist side by side with humans. The first book, Moon Called, focuses on the werewolves. The second, Blood Bound, centers on the vampires, including Mercy's quirky Scooby Doo loving friend Stefan. In this third installment, coyote shape shifter and VW mechanic Mercy Thompson is called in to help the fae solve a series of murders on the local fae reservation. Soon after, her friend Zee is arrested for the murder and, just like that, Mercy's in the thick of it, determined to clear Zee's name no matter what. Add to that the increasingly imperative choice she must make between the two werewolves in her life: Adam Hauptman (the Alpha of the local pack who's already claimed her as his mate) and Dr. Samuel Cornick (the wolf she fell in love with at 16). In what is becoming classic Briggs style, Iron Kissed combines an intriguing mystery with a streak of compelling romance, interspersed with glimpses of your worst nightmares. The combination is the height of entertainment. And what holds it all together is Mercy herself. The girl doesn't know the meaning of the words back down. I absolutely love these books.

Links:
Avid Book Reader Review
Darque Reviews
Fantasy & Sci-Fi Book Review

Comments

  1. Hey Angie...thanks for the mention! Now our wait for the next installment begins. *grin*

    ReplyDelete
  2. Sigh. I will try to console myself with the first Anna & Charles book in July.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I'm sure we'll all love Cry Wolf as well. :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Anonymous6:03 PM

    Angie, I loved Iron Kissed as well. The end through me off quite a bit, but I do think that Briggs did an excellent job with the book. Mercy is a great character, and I really want to see what happens next.

    --Nan

    ReplyDelete
  5. Nan, I should have known you'd love these books. I was completely shocked at the ending as well. I just did not see it coming. Were you pleased with the choice Mercy made? :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Anonymous7:59 PM

    I think she made a good choice based on solid reasoning and real emotion. It was good.

    I'm still not quite certain how I feel about the climax of the book. (I'm trying to avoid details here as I don't want to spoil it for anyone.) I'm not quite certain it was required. Do you know what I mean? Can we talk about this in another venue (email perhaps?) where I won't ruin it for others?

    My anonymous email that I don't mind posting here is rosedaughter531 at hotmail. (No spaces, and add a .com to that, of course . . .)

    ReplyDelete
  7. I get this out of the way, stalk you blog, from Carrie's blog. I love to read great books and love to hear of new ones. I just started reading "Moon Called" and I love it, I am totally addicted! Thanks for the recommendation, I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

    ReplyDelete
  8. just re-read my comment and I left some important words out...apparently I think faster than I type...

    ReplyDelete
  9. Lol. My very own blog stalker! I should have known you'd have Youngberg connections. Stalkers all of them...

    I am thrilled you're loving Moon Called. I went nuts over it and the two sequels that are out are simply awesome. Let me know what you think.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I loved the series, yep I read all three books. I can't wait for the next one.Thanks for the recommendation!

    ReplyDelete
  11. You are most welcome. Wonder what book four will hold...

    ReplyDelete
  12. I just finished the first one and loved it!!! It's always hard to pick up a book that has anything to do with vampires and werewolves....I have an all to active imagination when Jared is gone at night. But you were right.....this one was great and worth the risk. I have the next one on hold at the library....I went to three libraries trying to find a copy yesterday...no luck. Can't wait to read the next two.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Liz, I'm so glad you gave them a shot, too! And glad they're not too creepy. Can't wait to hear what you think of Blood Bound. I adored it and it takes Mercy and the gang in some very interesting directions.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

You Might Also Like

$50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

I'm excited today to be giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky reader! This giveaway is sponsored byAppliances Onlineand is open to the US and the UK. To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter letting me know what you'd spend your gift card on--books like me (which ones, which ones) or something else you've had your eye on? The giveaway will run one week from today (6/13). Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms of Endearment

Have you ever been reading a book, moving along quite nicely, and then--bam--a character whips out a particular term of endearment that just yanks you right out of the story? It happened to me recently, and I'm sad to say I couldn't recover. I did try. But she just kept using that term and I . . . I had to get the hell out of Dodge. Buh-bye, story. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. I'm not saying this is the norm (thank goodness). I can put up with a certain amount of treacly back and forth when it comes to the exchange of terms of endearment, especially if they fit the characters, their background, culture, the tenor of their relationship, etc. And the history of these terms at home and from around the world is often fascinating (at times hilarious). But there comes a point where I can't see past the cheese and/or weird anymore and I do not want to be with these people any longer. Shallow? Perhaps. But it's a very individual thing, isn't it? We a…

Interview with Sara Creasy + Children of Scarabaeus Giveaway!

Today is the release day for Sara Creasy's Children of Scarabaeus--the second book in her wonderful Scarabaeus duology. I'm delighted to be celebrating release day with an interview with Ms. Creasy. I picked up Song of Scarabaeusa couple of weeks ago, fell immediately in love, and set about getting my hands on an ARC ofthe sequel as quickly as possible (you can read my reviews here and here). This is the kind of science fiction I love--character-driven and exciting, set against the background of a fully developed and eerily fascinating world. If you haven't had a chance to pick up these books, now is the perfect time. Please welcome Sara Creasy!  First things first: The Covers. I am kind of a fan of Chris McGrath’s covers, and I love the little touches on these two that make them unique to Edie & Finn’s story. Did you have any input on the covers and what was your reaction upon seeing the first one? Isn’t his work amazing? As soon as I found out he was doing my SONG OF S…