Narrator: Lorelei King
Series: Mercy Thompson,
Also in this series: Bone Crossed, Silver Borne, River Marked
Published by Penguin Audio on 01 November 2009
Genres: Adult, Mystery & Detective, Paranormal
Length: 9 hours 11 minutes
Also by this author: Bone Crossed, Silver Borne, River Marked
Place(s) Traveled to: Tri-Cities, Washington
First Line: “A cowboy, a lawyer, and a mechanic watched Queen of the Damned,” I murmured.
While searching my library’s digital catalog one day I stumbled on the audio of Iron Kissed by Patrica Briggs. I really enjoyed listening to the first book on audio and so deiced to DL it. This book picks up not long after Blood Bound ends and deals more closely with the Fae than the previous two books. What is missing however, if Mercy’s vampire friend Stefan. Though after the events of the previous book that’s not entirely unexpected.
I really liked learning more about Brigg’s version of the Fae which incorporates the various mythology that currently exists. Mercy has to navigate this treacherous rule where the Fae and lie without lying in order to free her former boss and friend Zee who is accused of murder. Mercy knows he didn’t do it and the Fae aren’t doing much to set him free so its up to Mercy and her friends to make sure the real murderer is brought to justice.
As with the previous books there is a good overall mystery ARC with a few twists and turns to keep the reader on their toes. Mercy also makes a choice in this book for which I am thankful because I am not a huge fan of love triangles. But what I hate more is a love triangle without end (*coughs*Stephanie Plum*coughs*). Though I don’t like how this one was resolved. I like the choice and think that it was pretty clear from the start just how it would go. Its the how it happened because it really wasn’t Mercy making a choice it all just sort of happened. So that was a bit of a disappointment but I am looking forward to seeing how things go between Mercy and her man.
The overall plot was really good and I enjoyed getting to know the various characters a bit more. There is a cliff hanger ending that would have driven me a bit mad if I didn’t have the next book available. Iron Kissed is also darker in some ways that the previous books and Mercy is really put through the ringer. There will definitely be some mental fallout that she has to deal with and that won’t be easy. It will also probably carry over into other books because if she heals quickly from this than it will just break the false reality of the story.
Iron Kissed isn’t a perfect book but there is enough entertainment contained within its pages that its easy to overlook the flaws. I also really love to listen to this series on audio as the narrator, Lorelai King, does an excellent job with all the voices. There is never any doubt as to who is speaking when. And her style is just perfect for history major, turned mechanic Mercy Thompson. King has become these characters and I can’t think of any other narrator who could do a better job.