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  • Iron Kissed

  • Mercy Thompson, Book 3
  • Written by: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (146 ratings)

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Iron Kissed

Written by: Patricia Briggs
Narrated by: Lorelei King
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Publisher's Summary

When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it's up to shapeshifting car mechanic Mercy Thompson to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not. And she'll have to choose between the two werewolves in her life-whether she wants to or not.
©2008 Patricia Briggs (P)2009 Penguin

What the critics say

“The third book in an increasingly excellent series, Iron Kissed has all the elements I've come to expect in a Patricia Briggs novel: sharp, perceptive, characterization, non-stop action, and a level-headed attention to detail and location. I love these books.” (Charlaine Harris, number-one New York Times best-selling author)
 

“Another top-notch paranormal mystery...Thompson is a sharp, strong heroine and her lycanthropic love triangle is honest and steamy...a tense, nimble, crowd-pleasing page-turner.” (Publishers Weekly)

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Very much enjoyed this book

This Mercy Thompson Novel has great action and feeling but does have difficult parts that could be a trigger for strong emotions in some readers.

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Patricia Briggs is one of my favorites!

I love this series and have read (and listened to) it many times. Though this is the most difficult one for me in the series because of a certain scene it's still incredible writing and characters.
Love the way it's read without detracting from the story. I have deleted audiobooks for poor readers without regret.
I also recommend her Alpha and Omega series as well!!

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Great Story

One of my favorite book series, and this one didn't disappoint. I appreciate when people are willing to take on more difficult subject matter and go with it. There was a mistake in the beginning of chapter nine where a sentence was repeated twice. I listened to it twice to make sure it was a mistake and not just my chapter skipping. It pulled me out of the story for a few confused moments, but after that there was no other issues. Overall a very good book.

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Powerful but sad

I love this series but this book is the one I like the least. Don't get me wrong, it's very well written, powerful even, the narrating is perfect. But some of the subject matter is difficult and brings me to tears. There are real and lasting consequences to playing hero.

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Heart wrenching

I usually get tired of a lot of repetition that happens in this book. You’d think it’s because the author assumes your reading every other book in the series for the first time and doesn’t fail to mention things ongoing readers already know. But aside from that the narrator is brilliant with all the different voices. And this third book was a phenomenal ending. So good. The book got serious on another level. Will definitely recommend if you can pass the repetition of words

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Loved this!

Lots of twists and turns. A real page turner.
Super enthralling right to the very end!

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Fun and Entertaining

Patrician Briggs writes a fun and entertaining adventure filled with mythical/magical characters. She's great at writing likeable main characters and Mercy is one of my all time favs. Of course a ton of credit must be given to the narrator (Lorelei King) who obviously possess some magic of her own - as you would swear it is not one person reading this story to you.

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Lorilei King does a masterfully emotive job of bringing this story of Mrs. Briggs' to life. Between the intriguing plot line, realistic character interactions, and the care into the messages this story delivers this book is over all well crafted.
Expanding from the last two books focus on wolves and vamps, this book helps explain and expand our knowledge of the Mercy Verse fae. Mrs. Briggs did an excellent job representing them, and you can tell how much research went into writing this. The care she takes with the cultures she's writing with is one of the reasons Patricia's series is so well loved.
I have and will continue to encourage others to partake in this series until the end of time.

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  • Helen
  • 2016-07-21

It needed a trigger warning

I love this series, I love Mercy, I love the world, but this book was hard to listen to. It takes an extremely skilled author to work with the themes in this book, so mad respect to Briggs for so deftly handling them. She evoked the terror and horror of the themes so well that they became real, as did King, such that I couldn't enjoy many parts of the book. The last book I read that has affected me like that was Kafka's "Penal Colony". Given that I reacted so viscerally to this book, even though I have never experienced anything like it, I would suggest that someone with PTSD from surviving rape, assault, or child abuse mentally prepare themselves before listening to this book.

That said, I really appreciated the philosophy that Briggs used to frame the events (ie, being supportive, not blaming the victim), and I loved how she developed the supporting characters, especially Ben. I find Ben one of the more compelling supporting characters, in contrast to Adam, who she didn't really flesh out. Adam remained a ManlyMan(TM) with no major traits other than being scary/dominant/overprotective, so Mercy's relationship with him feels clumsy. At least the awkward, obligatory-feeling love triangle was resolved. I'm hoping future books will make Adam more interesting, and re-introduce some of the characters from previous books, like the child werewolf and Adam's friend Christiansen.

The bottom line: I'm going to stick with the series, and my respect for Briggs and King as artists has gone up exponentially. I'm glad I listened to it, but it isn't something I want to listen to again.

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  • Christopher
  • 2010-01-20

Well written with great characters.

I suprised myself with how much I enjoyed this series and especially this book. I admit I consider Patricia Briggs a guilty pleasure as I don't think 30-something men are her target audience. But she tells a compelling story with a rich use of language and a deep understanding of how her characters think. I would recommend this novel to anybody looking for a no-brain escapist novel.

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  • Deborah
  • 2010-06-24

Iron Kissed

Wonderful series! The author and the reader are an incredible team. This series is a great mixture of fantasy, suspense, action and romance. The characters are really rich and fun. The romance between the two main characters really enhances the story, but doesn't bog the story down. I don't read romance novels, but a little romance and sex in a book like this is fun. The author develops the romance between the two characters thru the series and makes it intriguing to watch. It's fun, sexy and easy to believe. Each book is complete enough to stand alone, but it's better to read the books in order since some things are built on what occurred in a previous book, but not dependent on it. The reader is really good and is able to develop voices and stay true to them thru the series; you know exactly who is speaking all the time. I highly recommend this series and have to a lot of people!

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  • Kelly M
  • 2017-05-03

This one was tough.

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NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4
This story broke me. I had to power through the ending of this book. It hurt so much to listen to what Mercy went through. But if anyone can come out the other side stronger it will be Mercy. I don’t like it when authors make their character suffer like this and I just hope that it doesn’t affect Mercy’s future.
Even with all that happened Iron Kissed was a good book. It was a turning point for many storylines for Mercy. We finally resolve the love triangle. We learn more about the Fae and the powers they hold. We get to see Adam in full Alpha mode. We learn a lot more about Ben, which makes me love this British pain in the backside wolf. There is so much more I could tell you but I won’t.
If you are a Mercy Thompson fan please be warned that Iron Kissed is heartbreaking. If you are new to this series do not start with this book. Start with book one, learn who Mercy is and fall in love with her and her wolfs.

Ms. King does an amazing job yet again. I am completely blown away by her talents as a storyteller. Her ability to make it through a tough book like Iron Kissed just makes me love her that much more.


Disclaimer:
I purchased this book from audible.com and this review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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  • sonofsoulreaver
  • 2015-06-16

Good Story, But...

Great story, I loved the ending, but I hated Mercy's attitude toward her whole Sam or Adam dilemma. Neither character is a good fit for Mercy, and are both quite dangerous. Mercy even comments at one point that she is afraid of them. I feel this makes her seem weak willed. It almost sounds like abuse victim mentality at one point. It takes an otherwise well written, strong female lead and cast her in the role of an abused damsel. One of the characters even says to her, "You are mine now, and I'm keeping you" and she accepts it! For a supposedly strong, independent, and downright obstinate female lead, this seems out of character.

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  • Cheri
  • 2015-04-23

Awesome!

I am so mad at myself for waiting so long to listen to these books. They are awesome and I am enjoying them so much and will continue the series until I get caught up!

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  • Mysticalsister
  • 2009-12-06

This series lives up to the great reviews.

I really loved this series and hope Audible continues to add Patricia Briggs work to their line-up.

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  • TL
  • 2010-01-04

To far over the line to be enjoyable

The first 2 in the series were great. But just as I got comfortable with the PG rated action and flirting, this 3rd book goes way over the line to disturbing. I wont be buying the 4th and wish I hadnt listened to this one.

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  • Sheila
  • 2009-12-17

Awesome

This Series is basically....Awesome! Great story line!!! Audible need to continue with Patricia Briggs.

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  • Shy G.
  • 2017-05-24

My Thoughts on Iron Kissed

Another great addition to this series. I felt like new layers and dimensions to the characters was added in this one. There was some pretty heavy and emotional twists added. It was handled in a way that allowed me to fully grasp what had happened and even had me teary-eyed from the emotion, but wasn't told in overly graphic detail.

This was a very well written story and I look forward to reading more in this series and from this author

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