Review – Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

iron kissedThe third installment in the Mercy Thompson series was quite a ride.  It left me emotionally spent and unable to start another book immediately.

Mercy is called upon to help Zee clear his name.  He has been accused of a murder he didn’t commit.  At the same time, she is investigating several other robberies and murders that Zee and Mike were trying to solve prior to Zee being arrested.  And, oh yeah, Sam and Adam are starting to get territorial.  If Mercy doesn’t make a decision soon, they may just decide to fight to the death once and for all.

My favorite urban fantasy heroines have several traits in common.  First and foremost is loyalty.  Mercy considers Zee a friend and father-figure.  There is no way she is going to stand aside while he is railroaded by the legal system.  She knows that she is putting herself in danger but she doesn’t consider it an option.  While she does make some decisions that are questionable, you cannot fault her motives.  The rift between Sam and Adam is also causing her a lot of heartache.  She loves them both and truly doesn’t know who to give her heart to.  It is heart-wrenching when she finally realizes what she needs to do and why.

Mercy goes through the ringer in this installment.  UF is usually a pretty light read but Patricia Briggs really packed an emotional punch with Iron Kissed.  It was unexpected, tear inducing and so powerful.  If I didn’t love Mercy before, I fell in love with her here.  Both Ben and Adam also surprised me.  Especially Ben.  Ms. Briggs handled the subject matter with grace while keeping it grounded in reality.

A must-read.  5/5 stars.

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