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Iron Kissed

byPatricia Briggs

Mass Market Paperback | January 2, 2008

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“Expect to be spellbound”* by Patricia Briggs’s #1 New York Times bestselling series starring Mercy Thompson. Being a lowly “walker” in a world of vampires, werewolves, and fae once kept her safe. But Mercy’s bark—and bite—are not so harmless any more…
 
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...


 
*Lynn Viehl, New York Times bestselling author
Patricia Briggs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series and the Alpha and Omega novels.
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Title:Iron KissedFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.77 inPublished:January 2, 2008Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from can't stop reading... Loved reading about the fae. Also loved learning more about Zee and read his interactions with Mercy, there are not as much as I would like, but I like how they interact and how Mercy perceives him. Apart from the fae in this book, there are the always present werewolves, and they are stirring things up! Don't miss it!
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Iron Kissed I absolutely love this series, love Mercy Thompson and Adam together. Highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best so far in this series! I found that this third story in this series is the best so far. It was emotional and fast paced. I had difficulty putting it down!
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this series The series just keeps getting better. I have so fallen for Mercy Thompson. Sadly, I must wait for the rest of the series to arrive from family in Michigan. I tried to convince my physiotherapist to read my "werewolf smut" but he just rolled his eyes. What is wrong with people?!
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite of the series This one is probably my favourite. Poor mercy. But I really like mercy and Adam!
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I loved this book! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always Great... ...yet another awesome Mercy book.
Date published: 2014-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular! All I can say for now is that this book is just fantastic and completely interesting. Keeps you wanting to continue until the end.
Date published: 2014-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keep tissue on hand. When I first started reading Patricia Briggs, and her world she created for Mercy Thompson. It was just a few days ago. Now I am wondering why it took me so long to pick up these books. If you pick up Iron Kissed for the first time please keep lots of tissue on hand because this book will have you in tears. It did me.
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome This storyline just keeps getting better.
Date published: 2013-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Iron Kissed These books keep getting better and better
Date published: 2013-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still going strong This series only gets better and better
Date published: 2013-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid The third book in the Mercy Thompson series was very solid, I can see why a lot of people like these books they have a very easy and fun quality to them. I still really like Mercy's character and I liked that the battle between Sam and Adam came to a head it's about time. In this book I thought it was interesting that we got more Fairy info that brought a whole new story line to the mix. Overall this book was great and I look forward to the rest of the series. :0)
Date published: 2012-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow...Adam is awesome... I was randomly organizing all my eBooks and came across the Mercy Thompson series and something in me just made me turn the digital page. Good: This book was the best so far. The story line was a great mystery and so many things happened that there was action left and center not leaving me bored at any points. Mercy finally opens up and admits that she is vulnerable not mentioned makes the decision on who she wants to be with. This is another story that really does center on Mercy and need to help out her friends Something else awesome: We get a lot of information on the fae. We get more info than we had before on Zee and Uncle Mike and get introduced to some pretty great artefacts. On top of that we find how some of the ‘legends’ or fairy tales were misinterpreted. And of course: Adam and Samuel. Like I said Mercy finally makes her choice and there are some serious things that happen in this novel with each relationship, we have Mercy admitting all of her feelings to both guys and them admitting all their feelings to her. Trust me this novel had me gripped. We see Adam’s wild side when it comes to protecting people and somehow it was just plain sexy. Bad: Briggs is still leaving us in suspense with what Mercy really is and what Zee and Uncle Mike really are for that matter...but I’m not sure I would consider this bad or good. Some things were left hanging like the Fairy book and the lawyer that hated the faes and Tad....I was sort of hoping we would meet Tad. Tony: Seems like an important character but still nothing has really happened with him. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Over all it’s a great book and a series I will continue to read. The story line was great and filled with action keeping me wanting to read it until I finished it within 24 hours. As for her writing style I do like it. It wasn’t too descriptive but just the right amount. However, sometimes I still got confused with her word choice or order of words in the sentences that caused me to have to re-read sometimes ever a chapter.
Date published: 2011-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Love this series Third in the Mercy Thompson series, Iron Kissed is another hit for Briggs. This one focuses on the Fae, more particularly Mercy's boss Zee, and we finally see Mercy choose between Adam and Samuel. Still action-packed and witty, this installment also goes in a darker direction and Mercy has the chance to really grow as a character as a result. Can exist as a stand alone novel but readers benefit from knowing the characters
Date published: 2010-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best so Far! “Iron Kissed”, the third installment in Patricia Briggs’ Mercedes Thompson series is my favorite yet. Every book has somewhat of a mystery to it, but this one is a real ‘who done it’. It’s such a ride! You really don’t have any idea what to expect next. And just as you learned about the vampires in the series’ second book, you get a better understanding of the fae that co-exist with our Mercy and her friends in this book. I’m torn between the fae and the vampires – as in which one tend to make my skin crawl the most. As always, Mercedes is a pleasure to read. I super heart her! She is so loyal to those she cares about. She doesn’t care what it means to her if it means helping out a friend. (Did I mention that I love Mercy?!) One thing that I think is important to mention is Patricia Briggs’ talent at writing dialogue. You feel as though you are at the table with the characters as they are chatting away and not just looking in through the window. Every facial expression and every detail is described during the conversation, but it’s not too much. I love the conversations in this series – I think it’s my favorite part. Mercy is also finally that much closer to making a decision in the Samuel vs. Adam scenario. And the way it ends…whoa! Just thinking about it breaks my heart and makes me giggle all at the same time. And Ben! How he helps Mercy by talking to Adam…I’ve found a new spot in my heart just for him. What a wonderful surprise to find out that he really isn’t such an ass. In the last couple of chapters, there are so many *tear* moments and *swoon* moments and *happy sigh* moments and *giddy* moments. It’s very nicely done. After reading this installment, I’ve made it official. Patricia Briggs’ ‘Mercedes Thompson’ series has made it to my favorites page and Mercy made my list of favorite characters. And, I’ve begun my search for Ms. Briggs in order to get her autograph. It’s a little trickier to get a hold of authors who write multiple series, but I still try. Wish me luck!
Date published: 2010-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Have Been Better! Zee, Mercy’s good friend and once boss, is being framed for a murder and is currently in jail. The fae don’t seem interested in trying to prove his innocence, so Mercy, being an excellent friend, decides to do a little investigating of her own to find the real murderer. The problem is that Zee seems determined to take the blame for a crime that he didn’t commit. Iron Kissed, the third novel in the Mercy Thompson series was fabulous! It seemed like a logical next step for Briggs to explore the Fae, and she didn’t disappoint. The plot led Mercy deep into fae territory where much was revealed about the mysterious fae. They still remain quite a mystery because of the diverse nature of the fae, but I was quite pleased to learn more about their hierarchy, lifestyle, power, and history. The whole Mercy universe felt enriched, which is saying something because Briggs created a lush, well developed supernatural world from the first novel. The bits of fae lore weaved into the structure of the story were fascinating. I found myself putting the novel down to google certain creatures because I was so curious about the tales surrounding them. As a bonus, the Samuel vs. Adam subplot is addressed in Iron Kissed. Mercy continues to top my list of best urban fantasy heroines with this novel. She’s been the tough heroine in the past two novels, but this time around we see her in a much more vulnerable place making her feel even more authentic and human to the reader. I actually had a fairly strong emotional response to some of the traumatic events Mercy goes through proving that this isn’t just your typical urban fantasy “fluff” novel. There is substance here! The development of certain side characters was great. For example, Ben showed a completely different side that made me change my opinion of him completely. Uncle Mike and Zee had bigger roles here than in the previous novels too, and I enjoyed that. Patricia Briggs is a fabulous author for a number of reasons. Firstly, her writing flows so well that you can submerge yourself into this world she’s created with such ease. It’s absolutely effortless to sit and read this series for an entire day. Secondly, she follows through on her stories the very end. The plot of Iron Kissed is followed though to conclusion without some cliffhanger to drive the reader nuts until they can get their hands on the next book. You’ll put it down feeling satisfied but still wanting more of Mercy and her world in general. Lastly, Briggs doesn’t take the easy road with her characters. Like I mentioned before, Mercy goes through some difficult things in this novel. The way Briggs approached Mercy afterwards impressed me. She didn’t magically fix everything and leave Mercy as the same character she was before the difficult event. Mercy is a changed character that will have to deal with lasting effects, and that is realistic and logical. I would have felt cheated if Briggs had approached Mercy any other way, so she really followed through in my opinion. Original ideas, wonderful characters, and plenty of excitement are waiting for you in Iron Kissed!
Date published: 2010-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh my... Who would've thought that this book would make me cry!? The last 2-3 Chapters really had me going because of what Mercy was going through. Anyways, Mercy seems to be getting herself in MORE trouble recently and needed to fill a debt that her fae friend, Zee, has helped her in her last issue (Read: Blood Bound) had helped her in. So there are murderes in the Fae Reservation and they need her keen nose to help see who is the murdered. Unfortunately, she finds out too much about the faes and her life is soon in danger as she tries to find the murderer and sae her friend Zee. Mean while, she must chose her first love, Samuel, or Adam (local Alpha) and must chose quickly or there could be bloodshed over her and break a pack apart. So far, this book is my favourite of the series!
Date published: 2010-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Mercy is an authentic heroine who falls into believable situations that aid in character development as well as allowing the relationships to deepen. It's a little darker. Certainly grittier but it adds a lot of dimension to the series' arc as well as the relationship development. These characters stick with you and I just couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2010-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intensely Intense!!! This was another great installment in the Mercy Thompson series. There wasn't as much action compared to the previous books but it was still exciting and suspenseful. Another book comes another conflict that Mercy knows that she has to do something about. There have been several murders on the fae reservation. Zee asks Mercy to come with him and see if she can smell any scents that give away the killer. They have no idea as to who killed these fae, but now Zee is in jail. Just after Mercy left the reservation, Zee leaves with Uncle Mike to a security guy's house, O'Connel. They find him dead, and moments later the police arrive, they accuse Zee of killing him. Now, Mercy knows that she can't just sit around while Zee is in jail. She hires a lawyer, and tries to do everything she can to prove Zee's innocence...But, she digs a little too deep and gets too involved with the fae's buisness. Mercy is getting herself in trouble, but she continues to figure out who exactly is behind all of this. Meanwhile, she has to choose between Adam and Samuel; two men that love her. She loves them both, but she has to choose before Samuel and Adam loose their patience and choose for her---which won't end well. The plot thickens, Mercy decides and slowly the mystery unravels... This was a really good, intense installment. The conflict was very serious, dark, and emotional. Mercy is one tough cookie that always turns out stronger in the end even after everything she has gone through. She is one of my favourite characters ever, and I can't wait to read the next book; Bone Crossed! 2010-022
Date published: 2010-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Torn to Tiny Tim Bits! Iron Kissed is the 3rd book in the Mercedes Thompson series & WOW is it darker than the previous 2 books! This story deals with the Fae but there is much written by Briggs as description of the social climate & politics within the various arms of the supernatural community. Their means of policing their own kind seem to be more about damage control; being swift, brutal & not necessarily just. Enter Mercy, seeking previously to aid Stefan in ‘Blood Bound’ & now Zee her Gremlin mentor. Despite good intentions on Mercy’s part to merely help her friends, the result is often that she learns sensitive information in the process that puts her in more & more danger. Mercy’s decision between Samuel & Adam comes to forefront in this book as the pack becomes involved in prompting her choice of mate. Luckily the choice is made but no spoilers here you will have to read for yourself! The darkest & most painful part of the book for me had to be the emotional aftermath of Tim’s attack on Mercy. Up until this point Mercy’s encounters may have resulted in some minor physical trauma that would heal with time but I cannot imagine this wound will heal quickly!!!
Date published: 2010-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good Summary - Mercy's friend and former boss Zee asks for her help to catch a murderer on the fae reservation, but then Zee himself is arrested for killing a human and Mercy elects herself to save him and to catch the real killer. What I liked- I really like Mercy's character, how she acts, and just does it and with no complaining. She might not always think things through, but that's what makes the story exciting. And I like that this is the book she finally, finally chooses, it's at the end of the book so you have to wait for it. What I didn't like - Not much, it's a really good book. 47/1000
Date published: 2010-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Darker "Iron Kissed" haunted me long after I read it. I found myself thinking about the ending for many nights - the book touched me in a way that the first two books in the Mercy series didn't. Without giving spoilers, it was darker and ended in an unexpected way. I actually had tears rolling down my face. On a lighter note I am pleased with the choice Mercy made between Samuel and Adam, and look forward to the next installment to see how their relationship develops. Well done!
Date published: 2009-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Mercy Thompson So Far! I really enjoyed Moon Called and Blood Bound, but I was completely glued to Iron Kissed. Mercy's friend Zee is such a great old grump, and it is really heartwarming to follow what she will do to save a friend. Even though it put her and the pack in danger, she just can't turn her back on an innocent man. This really shows, yet again, what a wonderful, strong female character. Her decision to choose a man who would be give her the freedom she needs is another example of her strength. In the end, I am happy with her choice, and with the haunting way Briggs wraps up this story. That Mercy has to fight internal demons, as well as external, actually caused me to shed a few tears near the end of the book. I am now a die-hard Patricia Briggs fan. Can't wait to start Bone Crossed!
Date published: 2009-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ironed Kissed Ironed Kissed is the third book in the Mercy Thompson series. This story revolves around the fae. Someone is killing them and Mercy is asked to help “sniff” the killer. But when a human dies her friend Zee is accused of the murder. Mercy tries to prove him innocent but the fae doesn’t want anybody knowing too much of their kind, and Mercy already knows too much. This book was darker than the last two books but I feel it was the best so far. I don’t want to spoil it but what happens to Mercy at the end of the book and how she deals with it was so moving.
Date published: 2009-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book with a great ending! Wow! I was really surprised at how good this book was. At first I was a little hesitant to read it because I wasn't too interested with the fae, but decided to because I enjoyed the rest of the series. I am really glad I did read it because it turned out to be really great! The book managed to be about an incident with the fae, but had enough dealings with the werewolves to keep me interested *mild spoiler alert*(especially since she is forced to choose Adam or Samuel, and I was very happy with her choice!). What impressed me the most about the book was the depth of character that was explored with many of the characters in the book, especially towards the end. It is quite unexpected and refreshing in a book of this nature. The only problem I had was that Mercy seems to discover things (this goes for blood bound as well) through sheer luck as opposed to the author finding better ways. Overall though, the book was absolutely great!
Date published: 2009-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoy Another great book in the Mercy series. I can't put her books down. I find myself staying up till 2 and 3 in the morning just to finish. I highly recommend Patricia's Mercy series to anyone to loves contemporary fantasy.
Date published: 2009-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! If you have read Moon Called and Blood Bound, you will enjoy this book. Mercy Thompson is a character where trouble always seems to come her way and you can't help but route for her.
Date published: 2009-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from TOTALLY HOOKED The series itself for me started out a bit all over the place, with so many characters. This last book I read (before the new one that just came out) had me reading until the wee hour of the night. So much action and Mercy is a perfect mix of tough and tender...I just started the newest book, and am sure will be wanting more when it is done, I really love this series
Date published: 2009-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I couldn't wate to read this book but when I was done I was kinda sad (not because of the ending) because that I was done the novel's. I loved all the books and this one was no excption. I couldn't put it down. I just had to know what happned.
Date published: 2009-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Mercy book yet! This is my favorite so far in the Mercy series! Great combination of action and mild romance! Mercy has never put herself in so much danger before! To top it all off she has two very dominant werewolves bugging her for her affections! Great read, scary at times, and hot at others! I really can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2008-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Ride! And they keep getting better! Love this series and this one is just like the other two, a fun ride with Mercy and her friends (and enemies). Glad to find out who Mercy ends up with and was pleased about who she pickes, wouldn't have it any other way. Great read and can't wait for the next.
Date published: 2008-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Talk about drama... This was a great third book to an amazing series and I must say that this is my favorite of the series thus far. It had a lot of interesting moments that moved the plot right along, and we see Mercy become a stronger person. Lots of action and tons of tense (the good and the bad kind) moments. It's worth starting the series just to get to this book, in my honest opinion.
Date published: 2008-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Starts slow but quickly builds into a captivating read. If you have enjoyed the previous books in the series, then you'll enjoy this one too. If you haven't read the previous books (Moon Called and Blood Bound) don't read this one until you have. Although the story stands alone, there is few things that the previous two books build up that reaches a conclusion in Iron Kissed. If any one is interested in Fae politics and magic then this book is a must read.
Date published: 2008-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! The Mercy Thompson books are some of the best Paranormal titles out there, with consistent characters, intelligent plots, and a neat twist on Werewolves, Vampires, the Fae, and Shapeshifters. This particular story finds Mercy caught up in a case of murder that involves the Fae, and it contains a nice series of plot turns that maintain the story to the end. A touchy subject is touched upon in a realistic and sensitive fashion, and I am looking forward to the next volume in the series, due next February. Thumbs way up!
Date published: 2008-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Begging for (more) Mercy! Mercy is a fantastic character - a young woman with the ability to change into a coyote, she is a rare creature, and very much alone. Although raised by werewolves, she is not a werewolf (and currently, she is very much desired by two very much alpha werewolves, which is a problem). The vampires worry about her because she's slightly immune to their abilities and can harm them. And the fae? She bought her garage from a gremlin, and tries to avoid contact with the fae other than that. Well, in this book, the fae come to her for help. One of their own is killed, and they want her to help figure it out before the authorities do, and it's not long before Mercy is in over her snout. And add to that the romantic tangle she's wrapped up in (between those two alpha werewolves), and things are about to get very confusing... Mercy is written extremely well, the characters have depth, and unlike many series by book three, the tale is fresh. I hope for more Mercy!
Date published: 2008-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent book Great book ,you will not be disappointed!!!!!!!! Does anyone know if there is to be a fourth book ????
Date published: 2008-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Need a Break from the Mundane? The ideas that flow from Patricia Briggs are stunning and intense- so many twists and turns set this series apart from others that typify the urban fantasy genre. This series is a definite must-read!
Date published: 2008-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps getting better I will have to agree with some of the other reviews that when a series gets into the third or fourth book it begins to suffer. However, this is not the case here. I think this is my favorite Mercy Thompson novel yet and i can't wait for the next one. So i hope that Patricia Briggs has already started writing it. Happy Reading
Date published: 2008-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Wow. I find that often, with urban fantasy series after the first two or three books it can be difficult for an author to come up with more creative stories, or allow her characters to grow without becoming omnipotent. It seems to me that Briggs is not having any trouble with this. The story starts off great, and I thought it would really be just a plotline based on a sort of fae/preternatural bigotry. I was surprised that it was something that hadn't really been touched on up until this point, but it did feel right; as if we'd been given enough time through the first two books to get used to the idea of the supernatural that we would be 100% behind Mercy and friend against the hate groups. I also think it wasn't touched on so much that it actually became irritating or preachy which was also quite a relief. But by the end? You're just completely slammed with this intense and emotional finish that you never saw coming. So much is revealed about Mercy, Adam, and even Ben. It was really quite powerful and I never would have thought that would be something I would come across in an urban fantasy novel; so refreshing! I should also take a moment to say how hot Adam is! :P This genre is often populated by males who are strong, independent, yet extremely stoic (I think that can even be said for most romance novels). Having a character like Adam, who can be unpredictable, hot-tempered, and often without control on his aggression is something I've been hoping to see for a long time. Sure, he's scary and occasionally you wonder what sane woman would put up with it... but I'm with Mercy on this one, and I would definitely find ways to push some buttons because that controlled aggression is so much better than the silent and leads we often have to contend with. With Iron Kissed, Briggs has made me a fan for life.
Date published: 2008-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Extremely powerful This series has really surprised me - it's so well written and emotionally taunt. This one focuses on Mercy dealing with the fae and her choice between Adam and Samuel. It is definitely darker than the first two books in the series and even better. It's not a romance novel which I enjoy - some of these paranormal books are just too romancey for me. Bad things happen in this book and for the first time I really understand Mercy's struggle between Samuel and Adam and how she relates to the pack. I said in a review of the earlier books they might be good for older teens but this one is definitely darker. I was really moved by this book.
Date published: 2008-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A lot of fun to read Patricia Brigg has begun a pretty good series with those books. It's has good has Laurell K Hamilton's 10 first books of Anita the vampire hunter. The story is well written, the characters are complex, and the intrigue gets better every book. We can only hope that the next 4 books of the series will be has good.
Date published: 2008-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking and wonderful Amazing, already have read it twice. This is the 3rd book in the series, which has always been entertaining, but this one blew my socks off. It is really sensitive writing that I did not quite expect in this series. One scene is so fleshed out and full of nuances that is wonderful to read both for the emotions and the language used. Watch out for the ending folks!
Date published: 2008-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fan of Patricia Briggs Another Excellent novel! There's more secrets revealed about the Fae and Zee. Lots of action and she finally picks between Sam and Adam...Stephan didn't make an appearance, but I wonder where he stands in this love triangle. Anyhow, you may find the ending to be poignant, but I loved it b/c it's different and not your typical love story. I can't wait to read the next book.
Date published: 2007-12-23

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“The third book in an increasingly excellent series, Iron Kissed has all the elements I’ve come to expect in a Patricia Briggs novel: sharp, perceptive characterization; nonstop action; and a levelheaded attention to detail and location. I love these books.”—Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author of All Together DeadPraise for BLOOD BOUND“Once again, Briggs has written a full-bore action adventure with heart…Be prepared to read [it] in one sitting because once you get going, there is no good place to stop until tomorrow.”—SFRevu“Plenty of action and intriguing characters keep this fun. In the increasingly crowded field of kick-ass supernatural heroines, Mercy stands out as one of the best.”—Locus“Briggs’s world, in which witches, vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters live beside ordinary people, is plausibly constructed; the characters are excellent; and the plot keeps the pages flapping.”—Booklist“Briggs has created a believable alternative world populated with strong, dynamite characters, deadly adversaries, and cunningly laid plots that leave the reader looking for more.”—Monsters and Critics“Patricia Briggs has the unique gift of being able to make the reader believe, for the space of three hundred some pages, [in] her truths—that vampires, fae, werewolves, and magic makers live in tentative harmony with humankind. Her world is just like ours only a bit more dangerous and a bit more sexy.”—Dear Author“A compelling and fascinating supernatural tale that fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Charlaine Harris will thoroughly enjoy. Patricia Briggs is a powerful storyteller who convinces readers [that] her earth inhabited by supernatural creatures actually exists.”—The Best Reviews“Fans of Kim Harrison and Laurell K. Hamilton will enjoy this tightly plotted and fast-paced tale set in a world of vampires, werewolves, fae, and one shapeshifter named Mercy.”—Romantic TimesPraise for MOON CALLED“An excellent read with plenty of twists and turns. Her strong and complex characters kept me entertained from its deceptively innocent beginning to its can’t-put-it-down end. Thoroughly satisfying, it left me wanting more.”—Kim Harrison, New York Times bestselling author of A Fistful of Charms“Patricia Briggs always enchants her readers. With Moon Called, she weaves her magic on every page to take us into a new and dazzling world of werewolves, shapeshifters, witches, and vampires. Expect to be spellbound.”—Lynn Viehl, USA Today bestselling author of the Darkyn series“A suspenseful read that will have you on the edge of your seat as you burn through the pages. Ms. Briggs weaves paranormal and mystery together so deftly you can’t put the book down. The cast of characters is wonderfully entertaining, and Mercy’s emotional struggles will pull on your heartstrings. For lovers of the paranormal, this is a must-read.”—Romance Junkies“A strong story with multidimensional characters…Mercy is, at heart, someone we can relate to.”—SFRevu“Inventive and fast paced…Mercy’s first-person narrative voice is a treat throughout. And best of all, the fantasy elements retain their dark mystery and sense of wonder…entertaining from start to end.”—Fantasy & Science Fiction“I’ve never been disappointed by one of [Patricia Briggs’s] books and this one is no exception. Mercy’s world is an alternate universe much like Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake books…or the Buffyverse or more recently the Kim Harrison books…Moon Called ends on a high note and leaves you wanting more—like a good book should.”—Fresh Fiction“Fans of Kim Harrison’s Dead Witch Walking are sure to enjoy this fast-paced, creature feature–packed suspense story. Mercy’s no-nonsense approach and quick wit coupled with a strong story line and interesting subplots make for a thoroughly entertaining read.”—Monsters and Critics“Mercy’s a compelling protagonist…The story hums along like a well-tuned engine, keeping the reader engaged through the tumultuous climax.”—Romantic Times“A really good story…exciting, interesting, and not always predictable…a fun read for a lazy afternoon.”—Italics“Authors the likes of Tanya Huff, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Charlaine Harris have successfully peopled our modern world with vampires, lycanthropes, and other supernatural beings who, to some extent, coexist politely among us mere mortals, living within complex hierarchies, bureaucracies, and clan protocols. Add Patricia Briggs to the list…Moon Called is an exciting new entry in the field of dark urban fantasy…I will be watching for Mercy Thompson’s next adventure with great anticipation.”—RamblesAce Books by Patricia BriggsMASQUESSTEAL THE DRAGONWHEN DEMONS WALKTHE HOB’S BARGAINDRAGON BONESDRAGON BLOODRAVEN’S SHADOWRAVEN’S STRIKEMOON CALLEDBLOOD BOUNDIRON KISSEDiron kissedPATRICIA BRIGGSAcknowledgmentsChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13ACKNOWLEDGMENTSEditing: Anne Sowards, of course, but also Mike and Collin Briggs, Dave, Katharine, and Caroline Carson, Jean Matteucci, Ann (Sparky) Peters, Kaye and Kyle Roberson, and Gene Walker—brave folk who all read this book or parts of it in various stages of disrepair and did their best to help me shore up foundations.German: Michael and Susann Bock of Hamburg—for their gallant efforts, Zee is truly grateful. Danke.Research: Jana and Dean of the Butte Silver Bow Arts Foundation, George Bowen and the Kennewick Police Department, Cthulu Bob Lovely, and Dr. Ginny Mohl.Map: Michael Enzweiler.The author is especially grateful to Jesse Robison, who volunteered to step in when Mercy needed a bookstore and someone who knows his books.And, of course, the dedicated folks of the Three Rivers Folklife Society and the many talented musicians who put on the Tumbleweed Music Festival every Labor Day weekend so that we should have music. Despite the valiant efforts (and struggles) of these many talented people, I expect that there are still mistakes herein, and I accept full responsibility for them.chapter 1“A cowboy, a lawyer, and a mechanic watched Queen of the Damned,” I murmured.Warren—who had once, a long time ago, been a cowboy—snickered and wiggled his bare feet. “It could be the beginning of either a bad joke or a horror story.”“No,” said Kyle, the lawyer, whose head was propped up on my thigh. “If you want a horror story, you have to start out with a werewolf, his gorgeous lover, and a walker…”Warren, the werewolf, laughed and shook his head. “Too confusing. Not many people still remember what a walker is.”Mostly they just confused us with skinwalkers. Since walkers and skinwalkers are both Native American shapeshifters, I can sort of understand it. Especially since I’m pretty sure the walker label came from some dumb white person who couldn’t tell the difference.But I’m not a skinwalker. First of all, I’m from the wrong tribe. My father had been Blackfoot, from a northern Montana tribe, and skinwalkers come from the Southwestern tribes, mostly Hopi or Navajo.Second, skinwalkers have to wear the skin of the animal they change into, usually a coyote or wolf, but they cannot change their eyes. They are evil mages who bring disease and death wherever they go.When I change into a coyote, I don’t need a skin or—I glanced down at Warren, once a cowboy and now a werewolf—the moon. When I am a coyote, I look just like every other coyote. Pretty much harmless, really, as far down the power scale of the magical critters that lived in the state of Washington as it was possible to get. Which is one of the things that used to help keep me safe. I just wasn’t worth bothering about. That had been changing over the past year. Not that I’d grown any more powerful, but I’d started doing things that drew attention. When the vampires figured out that I’d killed not one, but two of their own…As if called by my thoughts, a vampire walked across the screen of the TV, a TV so big it wouldn’t have fit in my trailer’s living room. He was shirtless and his pants clung inches below his sexy hipbones.I resented the shiver of fear that surged through my body instead of lust. Funny how killing them had only made the vampires more frightening. I dreamed of vampires crawling out of holes in the floor and whispering to me from shadows. I dreamed of the feel of a stake sliding through flesh and fangs digging into my arm.If it had been Warren with his head on my lap instead of Kyle, he would have noticed my reaction. But Warren was stretched out on the floor and firmly focused on the screen.“You know,” I snuggled deeper into the obscenely comfortable leather couch in the upstairs TV room of Kyle’s huge house and tried to sound casual, “I wondered why Kyle picked this movie. Somehow I didn’t think there would be quite so many bare manly chests in a movie called Queen of the Damned.”Warren snickered, ate a handful of popcorn from the bowl on his flat stomach, then said with more than a hint of a Texas drawl in his rough voice, “You expected more naked women and fewer half-clothed men, did you, Mercy? You oughtta know Kyle better than that.” He laughed quietly again and pointed at the screen. “Hey, I didn’t think vampires were immune to gravity. Have you ever seen one dangle from the ceiling?”I shook my head and watched as the vampire dropped on top of his two groupie victims. “I wouldn’t put it past them, though. I haven’t seen them eat people yet either. Ick.”“Shut up. I like this movie.” Kyle, the lawyer, defended his choice. “Lots of pretty boys writhing in sheets and running around with low-cut pants and no shirts. I thought you might enjoy it, too, Mercy.”I looked down at him—every lovely, solar-flexed inch of him—and thought that he was more interesting than any of the pretty men on the screen, more real.In appearance he was almost a stereotype of a gay man, from the hair gel in his weekly cut dark brown hair to the tastefully expensive clothes he wore. If people weren’t careful, they missed the sharp intelligence that hid beneath the pretty exterior. Which was, because it was Kyle, the point of the facade.“This really isn’t bad enough for bad movie night,” Kyle continued, not worried about interrupting the movie: none of us were watching it for its scintillating dialogue. “I’d have gotten Blade III, but oddly enough, it was already checked out.”“Any movie with Wesley Snipes is worth watching, even if you have to turn off the sound.” I twisted and bent so I could snitch a handful of popcorn from Warren’s bowl. He was too thin still; that and a limp were reminders that only a month ago he’d been so badly hurt I’d thought he would die. Werewolves are tough, bless ’em, or we’d have lost him to a demon-bearing vampire. That one had been the first vampire I’d killed—with the full knowledge and permission of the local vampire mistress. That she hadn’t actually intended me to kill him didn’t negate that I’d done it with her blessing. She couldn’t do anything to me for his death—and she didn’t know I was responsible for the other.“As long as he’s not dressed in drag,” drawled Warren.Kyle snorted agreement. “Wesley Snipes may be a beautiful man, but he makes a butt-ugly woman.”“Hey,” I objected, pulling my mind back to the conversation. “To Wong Foo was a good movie.” We’d watched it last week at my house.A faint buzzing noise drifted up the stairs and Kyle rolled off the couch and onto his feet in a graceful, dancelike move that was wasted on Warren. He was still focused on the movie, though his grin probably wasn’t the reaction the moviemakers had intended for their bloodfest scene. My feelings were much more in line with the desired result. It was all too easy to imagine myself as the victim.“Brownies are done, my sweets,” said Kyle. “Anyone want something more to drink?”“No, thank you.” It was just make-believe, I thought, watching the vampire feed.“Warren?”His name finally drew Warren’s gaze off the TV screen. “Water would be nice.”Warren wasn’t as pretty as Kyle, but he had the rugged-man look down pat. He watched Kyle walk down the stairs with hungry eyes.I smiled to myself. It was good to see Warren happy at last. But the eyes he turned to me as soon as Kyle was out of sight were serious. He used the remote to raise the volume, then sat up and faced me, knowing Kyle wouldn’t hear us over the movie.“You need to choose,” he told me intently. “Adam or Samuel or neither. But you can’t keep them dangling.”Adam was the Alpha of the local werewolf pack, my neighbor, and sometimes my date. Samuel was my first love, my first heartbreak, and currently my roommate. Just my roommate—though he’d like to be more.I didn’t trust either of them. Samuel’s easygoing exterior masked a patient and ruthless predator. And Adam…well, Adam just flat scared me. And I was very much afraid that I loved them both.“I know.”Warren dropped his eyes from mine, a sure sign he was uncomfortable. “I didn’t brush my teeth with gunpowder this morning so I could go shooting my mouth off, Mercy, but this is serious. I know it’s been difficult, but you can’t have two dominant werewolves after the same woman without bloodshed. I don’t know any other wolves who could have allowed you as much leeway as they have, but one of them is going to break soon.”My cell phone began playing “The Baby Elephant Walk.” I dug it out of my hip pocket and looked at the caller ID.“I believe you,” I told Warren. “I just don’t know what to do about any of it.” There was more wrong with Samuel than undying love of me, but that was between him and me and none of Warren’s business. And Adam…for the first time I wondered if it wouldn’t just be easier if I pulled up stakes and moved.The phone continued to sing.“It’s Zee,” I said. “I have to take this.”Zee was my former boss and mentor. He’d taught me how to rebuild an engine from the ground up—and he’d given me the means to kill the vampires responsible for Warren’s limp and the nightmares that were leaving fine lines around his eyes. I figured that gave Zee the right to interrupt Friday Night at the Movies.“Just think about it.”I gave him a faint smile and flipped open my phone. “Hey, Zee.”There was a pause on the other end. “Mercedes,” he said, and not even his thick German accent could disguise the hesitant tone of his voice. Something was wrong.“What do you need?” I asked, sitting up straighter and putting my feet on the floor. “Warren’s here,” I added so Zee would know we had an audience. Werewolves make having a private conversation difficult.“Would you drive out to the reservation with me?”He could have been speaking of the Umatilla Reservation, which was a short drive from the Tri-Cities. But it was Zee, so he was talking about the Ronald Wilson Reagan Fae Reservation just this side of Walla Walla, better known around here as Fairyland.“Now?” I asked.Besides…I glanced at the vampire on the big-screen TV. They hadn’t gotten it quite right, hadn’t captured the real evil—but it was too close for comfort anyway. Somehow I couldn’t work up too much sorrow at missing the rest of the movie—or more conversation about my love life either.“No,” Zee groused irritably. “Next week. Jetzt. Of course, now. Where are you? I will pick you up.”“Do you know where Kyle’s house is?” I asked.“Kyle?”“Warren’s boyfriend.” Zee knew Warren; I hadn’t realized he hadn’t met Kyle. “We’re out in West Richland.”“Give me the address. I will find it.” Zee’s truck purred down the highway even though it was older than I was. Too bad the upholstery wasn’t in as good a shape as the engine—I shifted my rump over a few inches to keep a wayward spring from digging in too deeply.The dash lights illuminated the craggy face that Zee presented to the world. His fine white hair was mussed a little, as if he’d been rubbing his hands over it.Warren hadn’t said more about Adam or Samuel after I’d hung up because Kyle, thank goodness, had arrived with brownies. It wasn’t that I was bothered by Warren’s interference—I’d done enough interfering in his love life that I figured he had a right. I just didn’t want to think about it anymore.Zee and I rode mostly in silence from West Richland, all the way past Richland and on through Pasco. I knew better than to try to get something out of the old gremlin until he was ready to talk, so I let him alone until he decided to speak—at least after the first ten or fifteen questions he hadn’t answered.“Have you been to the reservation before?” he asked abruptly as we crossed the river just outside Pasco on the highway to Walla Walla.“No.” The fae reservation in Nevada welcomed visitors. They had built a casino and small theme park to attract tourists. The Walla Walla reservation, however, actively discouraged anyone who wasn’t fae from entering. I wasn’t quite certain if it was the Feds or the fae themselves responsible for the unfriendly reputation.Zee tapped unhappily on his steering wheel with hands that belonged to a man who’d spent his lifetime repairing cars, tough and scarred with oil so ingrained not even pumice soap would remove it.They were the right hands for the human that Zee had pretended to be. When the Gray Lords, the powerful and ruthless beings who ruled the fae in secret, forced him to admit what he was to the public a few years ago, a decade or more after the first fae had come out, Zee hadn’t bothered to change his outward appearance at all.I’d known him for a little over ten years, and the sour old man face was the only one I’d ever seen. He had another; I knew that. Most fae lived among humans under their glamour, even if they admitted what they were. People are just not ready to deal with the fae’s true appearance. Sure, some of them looked human enough, but they also don’t age. The thinning hair and the wrinkled, age-spotted skin were sure signs that Zee wasn’t wearing his true face. His sour expression, though, was no disguise.“Don’t eat or drink anything,” he said abruptly.“I’ve read all the fairy tales,” I reminded him. “No food, no drink. No favors. No thanking anyone.”He grunted. “Fairy tales. Damned children’s stories.”“I’ve read Katherine Briggs, too,” I offered. “And the original Grimm’s.” Mostly looking for some mention of a fae who could have been Zee. He wouldn’t talk about it, though I think he’d been Someone. So finding out who he’d been had become something of a hobby of mine.“Better. Better, but not much.” He tapped his fingers on the wheel. “Briggs was an archivist. Her books are only as correct as her sources and mostly they are dangerously incomplete. The stories of the Brothers Grimm are more concerned with entertainment than reality. Both of them are nur Schatten…only shadows of reality.” He looked at me, a quick searching glance. “Uncle Mike suggested you might be useful here. I thought it was a better repayment than might otherwise come your way.”To kill the sorcerer vampire, who was gradually being taken over by the demon that made him a sorcerer, Zee’d risked the wrath of the Gray Lords to loan me a couple of the treasures of the fae. I’d killed that vampire all right, and then I’d killed the one who’d made him. As in the stories, if you use a fairy gift once more than you have permission for, there are consequences.If I’d known this was going to be repayment for favors rendered, I’d have been more apprehensive from the start: the last time I’d had to repay a favor hadn’t ended well.“I’ll be all right,” I told him despite the cold knot of dread in my stomach.He gave me a sour look. “I had not thought about what it might mean to bring you into the reservation after dark.”“People do go to the reservation,” I said, though I wasn’t really sure of it.“Not people like you, and no visitors after dark.” He shook his head. “A human comes in and sees what he should, especially by daylight, when their eyes are easier to fool. But you…The Gray Lords have forbidden hunting humans, but we have our share of predators and it is hard to deny nature. Especially when the Gray Lords who make our rules are not here—there is only I. And if you see what you should not, there are those who will say they are only protecting what they have to…”It was only when he switched into German that I realized that he had been talking to himself for the last half of it. Thanks to Zee, my German was better than two requisite years of college classes had left it, but not good enough to follow him when he got going.It was after eight at night, but the sun still cast her warm gaze on the trees in the foothills beside us. The larger trees were green still, but some of the smaller bushes were giving hints of the glorious colors of fall.Near the Tri-Cities, the only trees were in town, where people kept them watered through the brutal summers or along one of the rivers. But as we drove toward Walla Walla, where the Blue Mountains helped wring a little more moisture out of the air, the countryside got slowly greener.“The worst of it is,” Zee said, finally switching to English, “I don’t think you’ll be able to tell us anything we don’t already know.”“About what?”He gave me a sheepish look, which sat oddly on his face. “Ja, I am mixing this up. Let me start again.” He drew in a breath and let it out with a sigh. “Within the reservation, we do our own law enforcement—we have that right. We do it quietly because the human world is not ready for the ways we have to enforce the law. It is not so easy to imprison one of us, eh?”“The werewolves have the same problem,” I told him.“Ja, I bet.” He nodded, a quick jerk of a nod. “So. There have been deaths in the reservation lately. We think it is the same person in each case.”“You’re on the reservation police force?” I asked.He shook his head. “We don’t have such a thing. Not as such. But Uncle Mike is on the Council. He thought that your accurate nose might be useful and sent me to get you.”Uncle Mike ran a bar in Pasco that served fae and some of the other magical people who lived in town. That he was powerful, I’d always known—how else could he keep a lid on so many fae? I hadn’t realized he was on the Council. Maybe if I’d known there was a council to be on, I might have suspected it.“Can’t one of you do as much as I can?” I held up a hand to keep him from answering right away. “It’s not that I mind. I can imagine a lot worse ways to pay off my debt. But why me? Didn’t Jack’s giant smell the blood of an Englishman for Pete’s sake? What about magic? Couldn’t one of you find the killer with magic?”I don’t know much about magic, but I would think that a reservation of fae would have someone whose magic would be more useful than my nose.“Maybe the Gray Lords could make magic do their bidding to show them the guilty party,” Zee said. “But we do not want to call their attention—it is too chancy. Outside of the Gray Lords…” He shrugged. “The murderer is proving surprisingly elusive. As far as scent goes, most of us aren’t gifted in that way—it was a talent largely given only to the beast-minded. Once they determined it would be safer for all of us to blend in with humans rather than live apart, the Gray Lords killed most of the beasts among us that had survived the coming of Christ and cold iron. There are maybe one or two here with the ability to sniff people out, but they are so powerless that they cannot be trusted.”“What do you mean?”He gave me a grim look. “Our ways are not yours. If one has no power to protect himself, he cannot afford to offend anyone. If the murderer is powerful or well connected, none of the fae who could scent him would be willing to accuse him.”He smiled, a sour little quirk of his lips. “We may not be able to lie…but truth and honesty are rather different.”I’d been raised by werewolves who could, mostly, smell a lie at a hundred yards. I knew all about the difference between truth and honesty.Something about what he said…“Uhm. I’m not powerful. What happens if I say something to offend?”He smiled. “You will be here as my guest. It might not keep you safe if you see too much—as our laws are clear on how to deal with mortals who stray Underhill and see more than they ought. That you were invited by the Council, knowing what you are—and that you are not quite human—should provide some immunity. But anyone who is offended when you speak the truth must, by our guesting laws, come after me rather than you. And I can protect myself.”I believed it. Zee calls himself a gremlin, which is probably more accurate than not—except that the word gremlin is a lot newer than Zee. He is one of the few kinds of fae with an affinity for iron, which gives him all sorts of advantages over the other fae. Iron is fatal to most of them.There wasn’t any sign that marked the well-maintained county road where we turned off the highway. The road wove through small, wooded hills that reminded me more of Montana than the barren, cheat-grass and sagebrush covered land around the Tri-Cities.We turned a corner, drove through a patch of thick-growing poplar, and emerged with twin walls of cinnamon-colored concrete block rising on either side of us, sixteen feet tall with concertina wire along the top to make guests feel even more welcome.“It looks like a prison,” I said. The combination of narrow road and tall walls made me claustrophobic.“Yes,” agreed Zee a bit grimly. “I forgot to ask, do you have your driver’s license with you?”“Yes.”“Good. I want you to remember, Mercy, there are a lot of creatures in the reservation who are not fond of humans—and you are close enough to human that they will bear you no goodwill. If you step too far out-of-bounds, they will have you dead first and leave me to seek justice later.”“I’ll mind my tongue,” I told him.He snorted with uncomplimentary amusement. “I’ll believe that when I see it. I wish Uncle Mike were here, too. They wouldn’t dare bother you then.”“I thought this was Uncle Mike’s idea.”“It is, but he is working and cannot leave his tavern tonight.”We must have traveled half a mile when the road finally made an abrupt right turn to reveal a guardhouse and gate. Zee stopped his truck and rolled down the window.The guard wore a military uniform with a large BFA patch on his arm. I wasn’t familiar enough with the BFA (Bureau of Fae Affairs) to know what branch of the military was associated with them—if any. The guard had that “Rent-a-Cop” feel, as if he felt a little out of place in the uniform even as he relished the power it gave him. The badge on his chest read O’DONNELL.He leaned forward and I got a whiff of garlic and sweat, though he didn’t smell unwashed. My nose is just more sensitive than most people’s.“ID,” he said.Despite his Irish name, he looked more Italian or French than Irish. His features were bold and his hair was receding.Zee opened his wallet and handed over his driver’s license. The guard made a big deal of scrutinizing the picture and looking at Zee. Then he nodded and grunted, “Hers, too.”I had already grabbed my wallet out of my purse. I handed Zee my license to pass over to the guard.“No designation,” O’Donnell said, flicking the corner of my license with his thumb.“She’s not fae, sir,” said Zee in a deferential tone I’d never heard from him before.“Really? What business does she have here?”“She’s my guest,” Zee said, speaking quickly as if he knew I was about to tell the moron it was none of his business.And he was a moron, he and whoever was in charge of security here. Picture IDs for fae? The only thing all fae have in common is glamour, the ability to change their appearance. The illusion is so good that it affects not only human senses, but physical reality. That’s why a 500-pound, ten-foot-tall ogre can wear a size-six dress and drive a Miata. It’s not shapeshifting, I am told. But as far as I’m concerned, it’s as close as makes no never mind.I don’t know what kind of ID I would have had them use, but a picture ID was worthless. Of course, the fae tried really hard to pretend that they could only take one human form without ever saying exactly that. Maybe they’d convinced some bureaucrat to believe it.“Will you please get out of the truck, ma’am,” the moron said, stepping out of the guardhouse and crossing in front of the truck until he was on my side of the vehicle.Zee nodded. I got out of the car.The guard walked all the way around me, and I had to restrain my growl. I don’t like people I don’t know walking behind me. He wasn’t quite as dumb as he first appeared because he figured it out and walked around me again.“Brass doesn’t like civilian visitors, especially after dark,” he said to Zee, who had gotten out to stand next to me.“I am allowed, sir,” Zee replied, still in that deferential tone.

Editorial Reviews

“The third book in an increasingly excellent series, Iron Kissed has all the elements I've come to expect in a Patricia Briggs novel: sharp, perceptive characterization, non-stop action, and a level-headed attention to detail and location. I love these books.”—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author “Another top-notch paranormal mystery...Thompson is a sharp, strong heroine and her lycanthropic love triangle is honest and steamy...a tense, nimble, crowd-pleasing page-turner.”—Publishers WeeklyMore Praise for the Mercy Thompson Novels“An excellent read with plenty of twists and turns…It left me wanting more.”—Kim Harrison, #1 New York Times bestselling author“The best new urban fantasy series I’ve read in years.”—Kelley Armstrong, #1 New York Times bestselling author“In the increasingly crowded field of kick-ass supernatural heroines, Mercy stands out as one of the best.”—Locus“Action-packed and with more than a few satisfying emotional payoffs...Patricia Briggs at the top of her game.”—The Speculative Herald“The characters are all realistic and vibrant.”—The Independent“These are fantastic adventures, and Mercy reigns.”—SFRevu“The world building is incredibly lush and subsuming...a fantastic urban fantasy adventure.”—Fresh Fiction“Outstanding.”—Charles de Lint, Fantasy & Science Fiction