Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
((Blurb from Goodreads.com))
Mechanic Mercy Thompson can shift her shape - but not her loyalty. When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it's up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not.
Mercy's loyalty is under pressure from other directions, too. Werewolves are not known for their patience, and if Mercy can't decide between the two she cares for, Sam and Adam may make the choice for her...
I had a bad feeling about those Fae....
Miss Briggs world is pretty different from the usual YA paranormal books I had been reading. I think about Fae and I think about Puck from the Iron Fey series but no, these are not your friendly neighborhood trouble-maker Fae. These are not friendly, might possible tear off your head and then eat it Fae. One of them actually says his bowels are hungry for human flesh. These are some freaky, scary Fae. Zee, the fae we are introduced to the most, since the very first book actually, seems nice enough but there was always an underlying sense of threat coming from him - for me at least. He never seemed quite safe.
Finally, I actually pretty much followed the whole 'action' side of the plot. Most of the book was about a series of murders on a Fae reservation and how Mercy (as usual!) got way too involved and in over her head. Also as usual, she handles herself and is kick-ass. The nice thing about Mercy is she can take care of herself but she also knows when she needs help and isn't ashamed to go to someone stronger when the need arises. There were a lot of action packed scenes that were pretty nail biting and actually, shockingly enough, there were very few 'Adam-disappearing-acts'! Sadly though, there wasn't nearly enough Adam moments throughout the book, though there was one particular scene where the alpha came out towards the beginning that was pretty amazing. Of course, for anyone who is not as big of an Adam lover as I am, it might not be as sad. Samuel made a few appearances also sprinkled here and there. When either of them appeared though, something important was going on.
There was something else that happened, something rather big. All I will say is that decisions were made and things were revealed! I thought it would be more climatic than it was but it wasn't a huge moment type thing for me. Still, it happened and that made me happy. While most of the book centers around the murders, there were still significant moments and scenes that moved along the different relationship aspects of the book. I really adore how each character is developing through the books. There was no Stefan this time but we got to see my other favorites, Warren, Kyle and (shocking) Ben! Yes, Ben has made his way into my favorites because I LOVE seeing his character developing over time. A lot of information about him came out in this book and honestly, it made me a little emotional.
That being said, my only complaint isn't really even a complaint. It is more a warning or an observation, I guess. Make sure when you read this book, you read very carefully. If you skim a line and miss a few words, you could completely miss something pivotal to the plot. I had to go back a few times because the characters would be referring to something and I would be thinking "When did that happen?" and it would be a huge plot point buried in the middle of a paragraph.
I am interested in seeing how some of the events in this book affect Mercy's character as a whole. Actually, I am extremely interested so I am going to wrap this up and go start the fourth book! Happy reading!