Having read the first two of the Mercy Thompson series, as well as Patricia Briggs short story in On the Prowl, I thought that I liked Patricia Briggs' work. Upon completing Iron Kissed I have to revise my opinion. I don't like Ms. Briggs, I LOVE HER!!!! I am fully into fangirl mode. I have heard people comparing her to Laurell K Hamilton, and while there are some similarities (kick butt heroine, vamps, werewolves, fae, etc.), I think she has surpassed that comparison. Don't get me wrong, I love Laurell K. Hamilton and get in line for books. Ms. Briggs, however, has written a paranormal that pulls on the emotions as well as tickling the funny bone.
Mercy faces a big problem in this book. Her mentor, Zee, has been arrested for murder. Zee had asked Mercy to use her nose to investigate some murders on the fae reservation for them. They didn't want police involvement since whoever was doing the crime was also stealing from the victims. As soon as the fae found out who was doing the killings, they would be exacting their own justice, and it didn't involve jail time. After Mercy told them who was doing the killings, Zee and Uncle Mike went to go "talk" to him. When they arrived he was already dead and the police arrived at that time as well. They found Zee standing over the body and placed him under arrest. So Mercy sets out to free Zee since no one else will. Along the way, Mercy is informed that she better make a decision between Adam and Samuel before blood is shed. Who will she choose? Will she free Zee and maybe find out who he really is?
What I love about this series is simple. The fae and the vamps are dangerous. She reveals their ugliness and doesn't try to pretty it up. There are a lot of secrets among the fae and we are just scratching the surface. She doesn't overwhelm you with details. Ms. Briggs doles them out as she sees fit and leaves you wanting more. I can't wait to see where she is going to take us and it is going to be a heck of a ride.
According to Ms. Briggs' web site, she is writing a full-length novel about Anna and Charles from her short story in On the Prowl (woohoo, my prayers were answered!!!!!).
From The Author: "Iron Kissed, the third book in the Mercedes Thompson series focuses more on the fae. The werewolves, of course, as Mercy's family (whether she wants them or not) also have a major role, but the vampires are conspicuous by their absence. The reason for their absence is that the events of Iron Kissed take place in less than a week -- and because I had enough to juggle and the vampire situation Mercy has put herself in is going to require more than a brief appearance will answer.
Like most of my books, this one held a lot of surprizes for me. I had intended for Mercy to choose her man in this book, but I didn't expect it to happen the way it did. I also found out a few things I didn't know about some of the characters. It made me like some of them more and others less. It also made me realize that one of the terrific things about writing a series is the ability to get to know more about the bit players. In a single book, or even a duology, there are only so many pages to develop characters and I have to restrict myself to only a few. A series is not so restrictive.