Meet car mechanic and coyote shapeshifter Mercy Thompson, star of Patricia Briggs's #1 New York Times bestselling series. 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 Thompson 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...
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This is the linchpin
Having originally started this series nine years ago, I didn't remember too many details about the first two books. However, this book Iron Kisses stuck with me. SPOILERS AHEAD
Zee, Mercy's ex-boss and a dear friend, asks for her help tracking down a killer on the fae reservation. Zee is arrested for the Murders, and Mercy isn't having it knowing he is innocent.
As Mercy starts to solve the case, she is drugged by a fae artifact and raped. Briggs isn't graphic in the rape scene, thank goodness. But the emotional upheaval that happens to Mercy makes me angry, devastated, depressed, and so, so very sad for her. I cried the first time I read it and the second time listening to it. This is such a violation of such a brave, strong woman that brings her to such a low point. It's devastating. Again I am just truly thankful that the scene wasn't graphic. I was crying so much my Husband even asked me what was wrong.
So much so this plotline has stuck with me over nine years. Maybe not some of the finer details but what happens to Mercy. This book is devastating, but it shapes who Mercy is and ultimately strengthens the woman she becomes (in later books). Iron Kissed is the linchpin in Mercy's development.
I listened to the prior books and thoroughly enjoyed them. Iron Kissed is the best one yet, and I can't wait to listen to the rest if the series. I don't agree with the other reviews about the narrator; she sounded just great to me! The thing I didn't care for is the book cover artwork. They make the books look cheesy and frankly what has kept me from purchasing them before. I'm glad I got over it and just started, now Im hooked!
One of the best series I've EVER listened to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!