Thursday, March 13, 2008
Thursday Book Report: Iron Kissed
Iron Kissed is the third book in Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series. Mercy Thompson is a young female mechanic who can shift from human form to coyote form in an instant, was raised by werewolves, and is currently caught romantically between two alpha werewolves. She also owes a favour to the Fae as a result of the events in the second book, Blood Bound.
The favour the Fae call in is Mercy's help in her coyote form to scent out who was committing murders on the Fae reservation. She does find out who, but before her mentor Zee is able to get there and confront the murderer, he finds the murderer already dead. When the police show up, they take Zee in as their prime suspect. The Gray Lords, the beings who govern the Fae, seem content to allow Zee to take the fall for all that has conspired - but Mercy is not - so against everyone's wishes, she starts investigating who did the bad guy in so she can clear Zee's name.
There are some interesting elements introduced in this books - the John Lauren Society and Bright Future, two anti-fae groups targeting opposite ends of the economical spectrum. Fae characters who had moments in the last two books are fleshed out more. Also, the history of the Fae in Mercy's world is expanded on, and it is revealed that the Fae are able to do things now that they haven't been able to do in a long time.
One reason I like Briggs' novels so much is because they are still wonderful stories and haven't fallen into the Anita Blake f*ck-everything-and-be-omnipotent pit. However, that is not to say a little more action wouldn't be nice... The last sentence in the book had me yelling, "Gah!" and flipping frantically to the next blank page.
When does the next book come out?!?!