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Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson Series #3)

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11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Angieville: IRON KISSED

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 har...
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.

posted by Angieville on November 20, 2008

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4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Worst book in the series - very sick of this plot device

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I'm sorry. I will not buy another patricia briggs book after this. As someone who has had a number of friends that have suffered being raped, this book uses a horrific crime as character development. I'm also very disappointed that so many people see t...
Major spoiler:

I'm sorry. I will not buy another patricia briggs book after this. As someone who has had a number of friends that have suffered being raped, this book uses a horrific crime as character development. I'm also very disappointed that so many people see this as something that has made the character stronger for having suffered through this.

First off, it smacks too much of woman being put in her place Mercy goes to the house without 'asking permission' from her boyfriend, as it's better to seek forgiveness. This comes up a number of times in the book. People, mostly males, tell her not to get involved and not to investigate. She ignores them, and what happens? Gee, she gets drugged and raped by the bad guy. The same bad guy that people had warned her she had been flirting with in the beginning (she thought she was just having a talk and using her history major.) So, if a woman debates, talks knowledgeably and can hold her own intellectually, she must be flirting?

Secondly, I'm more appalled by how her 'healing' went. Yes, the rape is still references in later books, but it seems like a bunch of wolves chanting over you, and suddenly, you're in the pack and your psyche is all better. That scene made me throw the book across the room in anger.

And finally, Ben explaining Mercy's mental state to Adam? I think the author didn't trust her readers enough to understand.

I adored the first two books. I have loved her Hurog books. But after this one, I will not buy any more of her books.

Writers, repeat after me. Rape is not character development. And if you are going to use rape, make it realistic. Don't use it as a way to get the main character and her love interest closer. Don't use it as a way to make the character sympathetic to those around her. The reality is - few rape victims get the support they need. Few of them will tell their friends it has happened. Few will realize just how much it impacts them from that point on.

Yes, this hit a massive nerve. But the reality is rape and its aftermath are nothing like what this book portrays. And that a good author has followed the formula of lesser authors disappoints me and infuriates me.

posted by HenriettaOconner on March 6, 2011

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  • Posted February 18, 2010

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    I was so close to giving this book 5 stars. It was wonderful. I was suprised that I liked that it centered around the fae so much. For those who haven't read the series, the fae are magical creatures. This can include gremlins, gnomes, and fairies. In this book you get a very up front look at a few fae legends and very they're very rigid beliefs. I really got into the intensity of the story. Mercy has a knack for sticking her head out for anybody that means something to her. And for some reason, it makes me like her even more. I think she's a kick ass heroine. I liked watching her figure out her love interest issues. I also appreciated the way the author handled a very sensitive subject without getting graphic (although some people seem to feel differently)! So far this series has everything paranormal wrapped up in it. In 3 books I've gotten werewolves, witches, sorcerers, fae, and vampires.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    it was a good read

    well i love he fact the she is not a warewolf like so many other books. you would find that she has a hard head like most women, with a very big heart for those she loves. its a good read for just one time, not to venture for another one, but wants to know what the other book will be about.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2010

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    best one so far

    this addition to the series was so amazing. there aren't even words to describe how mind blowing great this was. i would recommend this to anyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2015

    Izzy

    "No. But I can tell you what I look like. I have long black hair. Dark brown eyes. Brown skin. Im short (4'10). I have a tounge piercing and an eyebrow piercing. Do you have one?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2015

    Jay

    "I gtg"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    GOOD!

    GREAT SERIES.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    River

    Please, do not harm Hunter. Those that seem mean are imposters. I have been with hom since January, and I know that the reall Hunter is rather nice, although clumsy. He simply wants his rp not to be ruined by heartless jerks, an wishes everyone would stop impostering him and trying to attack him. Pleaae leave him alone. Speaking in a poisiton of someone who has had his clan ripped apart after less than four hours of being around, I know how he must feel. I encourage you to stop.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Great series

    Great series

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2012

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    Good book

    Good book

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

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    Recommended

    I am finding these booke get better and better as the series continues. Really looking forward to the next one.

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  • Posted December 19, 2011

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    Whoa

    Gets a little depressing near the end. Didn't expect that. The first two books are really good. This too. But just beware near the end.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Bring on the Supernaturals

    Vamps, Weres and Fae are abundant in this #3 book. Mercy is hardheaded and tough. Like her. Cheer for her. Read it.

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

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    better then expected

    i had read a review that had a spoiler and thought i may not like it but i loved it. it could have ended with more detail but it was still good

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

    Recommend

    I honestly enjoyed reading this book. The writing style is very high quality: cohesive, sensible, and consistent. Although during some points in the story, I feel that Mercy starts to rely more on her normal human senses. The portrayal of this is strange and unexpected. I felt like Ms. Briggs was in the middle of decorating her home and she had to integrate some her adventure into her writing. The characters are well developed. I think Mercy's story is very well told in the first person because it's quite easy for the reader to connect to her. Like many of the scifi I like to read,this book is easy, interesting, written at an appropriate speed and addictive-- something like a soap opera and something of a sci fi romance. I didnt enjoy the ending as much as earlier books. It seemed to just cut off and continue in the next of the series. I recommend that the books are read in order.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2010

    Great series!

    Book three of Mercy Thompson series, Patricia Briggs brings yet another book you wont put down untill you have finished it!

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

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    Patricia Briggs

    Enjoyed the Mercy series, I like the omega and alpha series also. a good way to get away.lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2010

    good over evil

    never underestimat the under dog

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2009

    Amazing Series!

    I absolutely love this series and Iron Kissed was no exception! Briggs has created a fascinating and mesmerizing world. These characters seem so real. Briggs has taken the pack mentality of the wolf and paralleled that with her Werewolves to create a world that captivates your attention! Iron Kissed takes a look more closely at the Fae, much like Blood Bound focused on the world of Vampires. Mercy is an amazing heroine and faces more life threatening situations (which actually brought me to tears in this one). I just simply cannot get enough of this series! Read it, you won't be disappointed!

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

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    love this series

    Like the other Mercy Thompson books, this one is a light, easy read. The characters are well-developed and the story line keeps you entertained. I seem to go through these books a lot quicker than I do most.

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  • Posted February 20, 2009

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    Great Series so far

    So far this series has been great. I can't wait to read "Bone Crossed", but then I will Have to wait a while for a new book to come out. This series has adventure, romance and a thrilling combination between survival and helping her friends. Mercy is such a strong woman with determination.

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