Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson #3)

4.35 of 5 stars 4.35  ·  rating details  ·  61,265 ratings  ·  2,136 reviews
I could smell her fear, and it satisfied something deep inside me that had been writhing under her cool, superior gaze. I curled my upper lip so she could get a good look at my sharp teeth. I might only weigh thirty or so pounds in my coyote shape, but I was a predator...

Mechanic Mercy Thompson can shift her shape - but not her loyalty. When her former boss and mentor is a...more
Mass Market Paperback, 287 pages
Published January 2nd 2008 by Ace (first published 2008)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Iron Kissed, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Iron Kissed

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Kat Kennedy
I fucking cried like a big baby made of baby tears and the only down side to this whole novel was the very last sentence. Don't think she was ready for that step AT ALL but still... Someone give me a hug!

*runs off to cry some more*
Angie
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 sh...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Iron Kissed has made me even more of a fan of Patricia Briggs. This story takes off shortly after Blood Bound. Mercy and her friends are still recovering from dealing with the demon-possessed vampire, and the wave of violence that he inflicted on the Tri-Cities area. Do not be fooled into thinking that things will go back to normal for Mercy. The heat is on as the pressure to choose between two werewolves who want her as their mate: her former flame, Samuel and the sexy, powerful alpha of the Tr...more
Jojo
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Lightreads
Oh my God, you guys. Stop the presses! I have figured it out. The sudden, shocking explosion of paranormal romantical urban fantasy written in the first-person on a plucky, mouthy heroin? You wondered why, and now I know.

It's not the blood-tingling appeal of a sexy vampire. Oh no no no. It's much better than that. I mean, this is 2008, for God's sake. We're, like, post feminist, okay? We want books about plucky, smart-mouthed heroins who every man [vampire, werewolf, police officer [delete as a...more
Shayantani Das
description

I am more pleased than this cat right now!

I really am very very satisfied with Patricia Briggs and the way she dealt with this novel. I loved the plot, I loved the action and I just freaking loved Mercy!

I had picked up this series about 2 years ago. That was a time when I was obsessed with the PNR genre, bitten with the Vampire Academy bug you could say. I read so much of PNR that I really wasn’t surprised when I finally got nauseated with it. I hated the bitchy self sacrificing protagonist, t...more
♥Rachel♥
Iron Kissed was deceptively calm in the beginning, and then all hell broke loose. Parts of the ending were shocking and heartbreaking, and then touching and heartwarming. You’ve won my heart Adam!

As you can probably guess from the title, the mystery here revolves around the fae. Mercy is called in for assistance by her former boss and sort of father figure. The fae are a dangerous and powerful race full of secrets, and don’t like outsiders discovering them. So of course, Mercy puts herself in gr...more
Frank
These books are trashy. Normally, I enjoy them anyway, they are a guilty pleasure. This third book in the Mercedes series has the weakest plot of them all. Not much really happens in it. I can forgive that, since I find the books to be near-romance novel quality. The biggest problem I have with it, other than the main character's whining about the decisions of her love life, is the author's inability to write. Oh, Briggs can compose a sentence and her grammar is fine, but the treatment she gives...more
AH
I love this series! I have a huge girl crush on Mercy. I love Patricia Briggs’ fascinating world where werewolves and fae walk amongst us.

In this installment of the Mercy Thompson series, Mercy is asked to investigate a few murders on the fae reservation. She accompanies Zee to sniff out several of the crime scenes. Mercy seems to have the power to act as a bridge between our world and the super secret world of the fae. The fae world reminds me of Dr. Who’s tardis – what we see on the outside i...more
The Holy Terror
It was really nice to step back into Mercy's world after reading a less than stellar shifter romance. It was also interesting that this focused on the Fae this time.

For once, Mercy isn't the cause of the trouble in this book. Well, at least not at first. She gets a call from Zee to go check out the Walla Walla Reservation, or Fairyland as it's commonly known. He wants her to do some sniffing around at some crime scenes to see if she can find something that may have been missed. Mercy ends up do...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Duchess Nicole
Well, the plot does thicken, and this book sucked me so much further into Briggs world. It never slows down and was completely un-put-down-able!

Mercy's mechanical mentor Zee comes to her for help 'sniffing out' a killer of the fae. When Mercy involves herself in fae affairs, many of them don't take kindly to her poking her nose into their secrets. And it's not even the guilty party that is the only bad guy here. These fairies are evil! They don't mind Zee taking the fall for the crime as long a...more
Keertana
It took three books for Patricia Briggs to get a 5 Star review out of me. I'd say that's pretty damn good. Iron Kissed is simply...breath taking. Not only did it center around the fae - easily the most mysterious and subtly dangerous of the three paranormal species that feature heavily in this series - but it also contained an unexpected depth of insight into Mercy herself. And, of course, for those who have already read this book, the end chapters will come as both a shock and an inspiration, a...more
Tina
I think I just about hyperventilated through the last three chapters of this book.

Excuse me, but I must get this out of my system ---

OMFG!!!

Anyway, this is the third of Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series. Just as the first book was an introduction to the wolves and the second book brought the Vamps to the fore, this one brings the third of the major preternatural "races", the Fae into sharp focus.

Mercy is asked by her friends in the Fae community to use her special talents to help them track...more
Leah
Iron Kissed is yet another great installment in the Mercy Thompson series. The plot was great and I continue to love the cast of characters, even coming to love some of them more than I did before. Mercy...She lives quite the eventful life. I thought for sure that Adam and Samuel were going to annoy the shit out of me in this book competing for Mercy, so I'm glad that was resolved pretty early on. I came to love members of the pack even more with this book, but especially Ben. We learn about his...more
Heidi
Wow. I’ve been delving into the world of Urban Fantasy for more than a year now, happily soaking up all of the bite, edge, and badassery it has to offer, but I never expected to be so emotional wrung out and affected by a novel in this genre. Patricia Briggs, you have left me floored with your third installment of the Mercy Thompson series, and I am left happily shocked by the intensity I experienced through Iron Kissed. I mean get this: I teared up. In rage. These things just don’t happen to co...more
Lady Jaye
5 stars, with misgivings.

My thoughts
1. Patricia Briggs' storytelling alone deserves 5 stars. It is done with consummate skill. And discretion too. I had to go back and read the (view spoiler) after the book ended because I completely glossed over it the first time, she'd written it so subtly. I loved the story, and couldn't give it any less than five stars, but there were a few issues, hence the 'with misgivings.'

2. Ms. Briggs has slowly been redeeming Ben across the...more
Aure   `Reading With The Dark`

There might be some spoilers so consider if you really wanna read this.


I think this one really is the best out of 3.
However.. I'm getting tired of the event pattern.. For most of the book there's nothing happening, then nearing the end there's this big great event that explains everything and usually there are some big revelations and of course somebody gets hurt. Usually Mercy. Then there's a lull again, and by the ending of the book there's one more big event.


What I hate, is how cold Mercy lo...more
Kristina
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Kathylill
Lately I’ve been craving some alpha-shifter-romance novels and I stumbled upon my Mercy Thomson shelf. There was a time before my kindle, you know, when I ordered books and never really read them resulting in me hording a full shelf of Patricia Briggs novels that are now morphing into dust catchers in my basement. I’ve been reading Mercy Thompson a few years back but never went further than book nr. 2. Unfortunately, this hasn’t kept me from pre-ordering every fucking book which leaves me no oth...more
Lisa Kay
descriptiondescriptiondescriptiondescription

★★★★✩ This is a review of the audiobook, narrated by Lorelei King. Ms. King does a wonderful job of reading Native American “Walker”* Mercy’s POV in this third installation of the Mercedes Thompson series. She does a nice job on differentiating the voices; but more than that, I can’t help but feel she speaks for Mercy.

Love this series. This was a hard one for me to rate, as I did not like so many things that happened to our headstrong little coyote heroine, Mercy, when she is called upon to rep...more
new_user
Mar 14, 2011 new_user rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mercy purists
I'll keep it short. Mercy fans, look away. If not for relationship and character developments, I would suggest skipping Iron Kissed, Mercy Thompson #3.

Kissed's writing is rough and artless at times. It suffers from repetition, pacing problems, and pay-attention-to-this-boring-sh-t-that-turns-out-important problems. (Maybe that's a more authentic crime novel.) We don't need to read a discussion of To Wong Foo or for the fifth time read that the Gray Lords are bad, real bad, m'kay? I don't need to...more
Bry
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jennifer
Oct 01, 2008 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Paranormal fans
I actually read the end of this so frantically that I had to go back and re-read the end to see if I caught everything. I can't remember the last time I had that happen.

I really like the series and am VERY anxious to find out where the author takes this story next.
LMM
The title keeps giving the story away. I knew it was going to be about Zee & Mercy was going to come running to the rescue.

Well I was pretty ticked off with this book for various reasons.
**SPOILERS BElOW**



In reading this series, Briggs has wanted us to believe in this love triangle & while reading it I have really gotten the sense that she was avoiding writing intimate scenes by any means possible.

When thinking that I then said to myself: "Oh man, please don't have her write Mercy bei...more
Tilly Slaton
I love this book

Patricia Briggs created the wonderful world of Mercy Thompson and her sexy and frustratingly brilliant characters. Filled with emotional character progression, inner struggles with traumas and reluctant relationships, Mercy Thompson and her sidekicks will wholeheartedly bring smiles to your face while all along leave your heart pounding in anticipation of what is to come.

Iron Kissed is an important book in this series. Profound back stories are revealed for many of the character...more
Beanbag Love
I stayed up way too late finishing this book. I could NOT put it down.

Which is why I am definitely taking a break of a book or two. I will absolutely gulp every one of these down back-to-back if I don't assert some control over myself.

Anyway, Mercy finds herself up against the fae. She was up against vampires last time and werewolf politics in the first one. I love the world PB has created. It's so dangerous but, as this book proves, no one is helpless.

I highly recommend this series to fans of...more
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
This one just blew my mind. I couldn't stop reading and what happened in the last 3 chapters?



I have to have more...More!

My mom keeps annoying me saying that even being addicted to books isn't good. But MOM...

Angela Corbett
This might be my favorite book of all time! Everything about it (plot, characters, romance) was amazing. I love books that make me feel a range of emotions and this did everything from make me laugh to cry.
Nic
“You keep bothering monsters, Mercy, and someday something is going to eat you.” He sounded calm and cool as he kept his eyes on the fence I’d jumped over. He had a big automatic in one hand - he must carry concealed because I hadn’t notice him holding one when opened the door.
“Oh, I hope not,” I said in between gasps. “I don’t want to be eaten. I’ve been counting on the vampires to kill me first”.


I am in love with this series! It just keeps getting better and better. Action packed, witty, susp...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
  • Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, #2)
  • Kitty and the Silver Bullet (Kitty Norville #4)
  • An Artificial Night (October Daye #3)
  • Curse the Dawn (Cassandra Palmer, #4)
  • Raven Cursed (Jane Yellowrock, #4)
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Undead (The Hollows, #2)
  • Curran; Magic Strikes Hot Tub Scene (Curran POV, #4)
  • Madhouse (Cal Leandros #3)
40563
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a na...more
More about Patricia Briggs...
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1) Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2) Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, #5) Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, #4) Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1)

Share This Book

“Some people are like Slinkies.They aren't really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to my face when I push them down a flight of stairs.” 1254 likes
“Some people are boys longer than others.” 262 likes
More quotes…