So I hadn’t realized how much I’d come to admire and care about Mercy Thompson until this book. Let me tell you a little about it, hopefully without spoiling anything.
Iron Kissed picks up a little while after Blood Bound. This time her help is required by the fae. Zee, the iron kissed fae mechanic whose shop Mercy bought and who taught her everything, needs her nose. It seems like it’ll be easy enough, that is until someone turns up dead and Zee is arrested for it. If you mess with someone Mercy cares about, she will not sit around and do nothing. She will get to the bottom of it, even at the protests of those in danger. That’s one of the things I admire about Mercy.
Another thing that was building up over the course of the first two books was this sort of love triangle between Mercy, Adam, and Samuel. In Iron Kissed, they have come to the part where she MUST choose, because it’s affecting Adam, the Alpha, in ways she never knew. But she can’t easily set Samuel aside because of their history. I was happy to see this triangle end. And I was happy with who she chose. But even in all the indecisiveness, which never crossed any sexual lines, she was always respectful of both men, and both men respected her. They never pushed, they gave her space, and they let HER make the choice. There’s another reason I admire her and care about who she ends up with.
Mercy was the same smart-mouthed woman I’ve come to love. She’s still giving it to Adam and can still hold her own. Sometimes she pushes the limits of the supernatural creatures, but she doesn’t let fear stop her from doing what’s right. And that, I think, is why what happens to her in this book completely broke my heart.
It was painful reading this amazing woman being stripped of all her strengths and convictions against her will. It was painful to see her so ridden with guilt afterward. I was incredibly surprised that the person who’d understand her most in that moment would be Ben. I was in awe of him in those moments where he was giving it to Adam. Someone had to make him see, and I never imagined it’d be Ben. However, I was NOT surprised to see Mercy fight for her self. I was cheering her on, hoping she wouldn’t let that monster win. And she didn’t. She is not 100% by the end of this book, but she’s better.
The final scene in this book had me smiling from ear to ear because FINALLY. I’m definitely hoping we get more of that as the series continues. I can’ wait to read more.
A prince with a quest. A commoner with mysterious powers. And dragons that demand to be freed—at any cost.
Prince Corin has been chosen to free the dragons from their bondage to the Empire, but dragons aren’t big on directions. They have given him some of their power, but none of their knowledge. No one, not the dragons nor their riders, is even sure what keeps the dragons in the Empire’s control.
Tam, sensible daughter of a well-respected doctor, had no idea before she arrived in the capital that she is a Seer, gifted with visions. When the two run into each other (quite literally) in the library, sparks fly and Corin impulsively asks Tam to dinner. But it’s not all happily ever after. Never mind that the prince isn’t allowed to marry a commoner: war is coming to Caithen.
Torn between Corin’s quest to free the dragons and his duty to his country, the lovers must both figure out how to master their powers in order to save Caithen. With a little help from a village of secret wizards and a rogue dragonrider, they just might pull it off.