Warning: Nonconsensual sex
Warning: Cliffhanger (Status: not cool.)
Though Mercy can shift her shape into that of a coyote, her loyalty never wavers. So when her former boss and mentor, Zee, asks for her help, she’s there for him. A series of murders has rocked a fae reservation, and Zee needs her unique gifts, namely her coyote sense of smell, to sniff out the killer.
But when Zee is accused of murdering the suspect Mercy outed, he’s left to rot behind bars by his own kind. Now it’s up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not.
Mercy’s loyalty is under pressure from other directions, too. Werewolves are not known for their patience, and if Mercy can’t decide between the two she cares for, Sam and Adam may make the choice for her…
“It wasn’t hard to follow the scent of blood to the living room where the fae had been killed. It had been a violent death, perfect for creating ghosts.”
Iron Kissed may be my favourite book in the entire series. I’ve read all of the ones currently out (as of 2019), and I can’t think of a single book in this series that hits all the right places for me at all the right times. Iron Kissed is quintessential Mercy Thompson to me. This may be because when I first read the series, there were only three books out. It may be because it is just the best book in the series. I’m not certain, all I know is that I love this book.
In the previous book, Mercy used a fae gift in a way they didn’t intend her to use it, and now the fae are calling in the debt she incurred. They ask her to look into some murders that have been happening at the Walla Walla Fae Reservation, where the fae are living. Coincidentally, Mercy is able to actually name someone who has been at all the scenes she sniffed out. However when that person turns up dead, and Zee is found at the scene, Mercy is ready to throw everything at getting him released.
The investigation is not one Mercy should be involving herself in, but it is one she is determined to figure out anyway. And, I love it. I love where this takes Mercy, even before she is able to finger a possible lead. I love the way it ends. I love the consequences it has on the rest of the series. I love everything about it. This investigation started normal and then ended up in places absolutely no one expected. I loved the twists and turns the story took.
And I love Mercy. I love the relationships she has with people. Zee is like a substitute father figure for her. She is completely incapable of leaving this alone. Her relationship with Samuel is adorable, even when it is one of jealousy. Her relationship with Adam is as adorable as it is perfect. (Too bad Mercy can’t have both. One of these days I’ll find that perfect poly group.)
This book is just perfect for me. I love it so much. I’m enjoying this reread so much it is crazy. I forgot just how much I love this series.
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