This it the third volume of Mercedes Thompson and to this point Patricia Briggs has done a wonderful job of blending relationship stuff with some interesting, at times tense, urban fantasy. She has a great grip on the world she is writing and her heroine, Mercy Thompson, is very well developed.
Ok, here comes the reason this got 5 stars: Mercedes Thompson gets the crap kicked out of her in a major lasting way and it’s completely her own fault. Talk about a great change from some of the other urban fantasy authors who let their characters get away with being stupid over and over again. The details would spoil the story, but let’s just say that Mercy stays true to who she has been so far and pays for it big time. Warning… what happens to her is really harsh and for some people may be a bit too traumatic for easy reading. This is an adult series, so I don’t have a problem with it, but keep that in mind.
Iron Kissed took a little while to really get going. There was a little more of the relationship/romance stuff than before, but it’s not so cloying that it degrades the story into a romance. If you liked the first two Mercedes Thompson books, then Iron Kissed will be a treat, too.