Friday, April 23, 2010

Iron Kissed - Patricia Briggs

Genre : Urban Fantasy

Series : Mercy Thompson : Moon Called, Blood Bound, Iron Kissed

American publisher : Ace Fantasy : 7,99$

English publisher : Orbit : 7,99£

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 weighthirty 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 arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it's up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to ot not.

Mercy's loyalty us 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...

What I think

Well, listen to me! You liked the first, I can tell you you'll like the second, and the third is much better still, but it's really hard, I'm still under shock.

Two months have passed since the story with the wizard vampire, and Andre's murder by...Mercy. Fortunately, Stefan and Wulfe protected her. She hasn't seen Stefan since then. But then, Zee needs her, she owns him a favor after using his magic sword for killing Andre without Zee knowing. Zee needs her coyote nose to resolve an investigation about murders on the fae reservation. After visiting a few murder scenes, Mercy knows the culprit and can come back home. When Zee and Uncle Mike went to the culprit's house, they discovered his body. And the police arrived and arrested Zee. When Mercy knows that, she does everything she can to help Zee, and for that she has to lead the investigation, putting herself in great danger.

Mercy discovers that O'Donnell, who was responsible for the murders, was part of an anti-fae group. She enters this group for a meeting, but doesn't think any of these people could commit a murder, and O'Donnell was savagely killed, with his head tore out. But among this group there is a fae, who is not so powerless as she thinks. When Tim, one of the member, invites her to dinner to talk about what he knows of O'Donnell, she hesitates, because she doesn't want to hurt Adam, but she accepts to help Zee. But she walks in a trap. Tim is looking for the cane that follows Mercy everywhere. She leads Tim to her garage, and there he rapes her. She manages to kill him. Adam and his wolves arrive and Adam tears Tim to pieces, because he's seen everything. Mercy changed shape, and now doesn't want to leave her coyote shape. She thinks she's going to end up on her own and only wants to drown in the river. Of course that is Tim's doing with the drug he used on her. Mercy will have difficulties to recover, but she'll take back her human form and her life. Her choice is made between Samuel and Adam. Samuel realized that his wolf didn't really want her.
***End of SPOILERS***

Honestly, this book is really hard, well especially the end. I was waiting for anything but this. I thought she'll be able to defend herself, and well not THAT. What I mean is that Mercy is an heroine, this kind of thing CAN'T happen to her, but yes. And at the same time I found it hard, it makes Mercy more human, closer to us, because, she's a strong woman who can fight demons, kille werewolves with her teeth, but she can't fight a human of the worst kind. She has weaknesses, because she's human, even if a shapeshifter. But really, I could have made without this kind of event. I can't go on talking about this without telling you what happened, but if you read the spoilers, you'll know. Well be prepared for a big shock!

The good side (because there is one) is that Fae are in the middle of this book and we learn a lot about them. Fae are ogres, trolls, elves, all the creatures that use glamour to pass as humans, but who fear iron. And they're not as nice as we could think.

In Blood Bound, we had found a new candidate to take Mercy's heart, but it was set before it started. Patricia Briggs ends our waiting about the hard choice Mercy has to make between Samuel and Adam, her two love werewolves. Personnally I prefer Samuel, because I find Adam too impulsive and overbearing. But after Mercy's experience, Samuel is not better, the only difference is that Sam hides it better. But the choice was easy finally. Mercy knows Sam is not for her, but she has not made her decision on Adam either.

Sam is faster and tells her he loves her but that his wolf doesn't really want her. The problem is set for Sam. For Adam, it's a little bit more complicated than that, and more interesting too, even if we already know that she'll choose him.
***End of SPOILERS***

I wasn't waiting for a fight to the death between Samuel and Adam, but a little bit more tension could have been nice, just to make my heart race faster;o)

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