Friday, March 17, 2017

Audiobook Review - Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
Narrated by Lorelei King
Series: Mercy Thompson #3
Ace / Penguin Audio
Publication Date: January 2, 2008 (print) & November 1, 2009 (audible version)
Date Read: March 16, 2017 (2nd read)
Source: Purchased - Audible
Length: 9 hours 11 minutes

When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it's up to shapeshifting car mechanic Mercy Thompson to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not. And she'll have to choose between the two werewolves in her life -- whether she wants to or not.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her

My Review

This book left me with all kinds of feelings.  I have had a hard time getting it out of my head since I finished it hours ago.  This was a re-read for me but it has been roughly 6 years since the first time I read this book and it really had a bigger impact on me this time around.  I have so much love for this series having read all of the books set in the Mercy world and now working on re-reading them as time allows.  This book felt like a really pivotal book this time around since I know how things do work out.  I am in awe of the magic that is the Mercy Thompson series.

Mercy is asked by Zee to help out with an investigation investigation involving the fae.  Things get a whole lot more complicated almost immediately after when Zee is arrested and charged with murder.  Mercy knows that he is innocent so she is going to do everything in her power to set the record straight even when she is told to leave things alone.  I will be honest and admit that I didn't remember who the bad guy was in this mystery and was trying to puzzle through everything right along with Mercy and she discovered new pieces of information.

The other major point in this book focuses on Mercy's love life.  In the previous books in the series, Mercy has had both Adam and Sam showing interest in her.   Sam ended up moving in with her as roommates and Adam has declared her as his mate.  Sam and Adam are both very strong Alpha wolves and a choice has to be made.  Mercy does finally figure out where her heart is in this book and she does it in a way that reminds me why I love her character as much as I do.

The final section of the book really got to me.  It was intense to say the least.  I was emotionally all over the place as I listened to the everything that happens to Mercy.  I was angry for her.  I wanted to cry for her.  I wanted to help glue back all of the pieces or try to do something to make it be that things didn't really happen.  I think that the way that Patricia Briggs decided to share how Mercy was feeling during the aftermath of the big event is genius.  I am in awe of her writing ability.  Mercy dealt with the pain by turning into her coyote.  In doing so, the way she acted and her body language took on a very obvious meaning.  It was powerful stuff to say the least.

I loved the narration of this book.  Lorelei King did a spectacular job in narrating this story.  There are quite a few characters in this book and she did a fantastic job in using different and consistent voices for those characters.  She really showed the emotions of the characters during this story.  The pacing of her reading was really nice and I found myself being able to listen for hours at a time.

I would highly recommend this series to others.  I do think that this is a series that is best read in order since the relationships between the character grow and change over the course of the series and events from earlier books do come up from time to time.  I can't wait to continue with my re-read of this fantastic series!

About the Author
Photo: © Mike Briggs
#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs lives in Washington State with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses.

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9 comments:

  1. I've always been Team Adam on the subject of Mercy's choice. I hate love triangles in books but it never felt like one because it was about complex emotions and not teen lust! Mercy's pain was beautifully written and I really did fall in love with the series here.

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  2. this series is always so much fun

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  3. I just finished my re-read of the first book so I'm looking forward to continuing. I think I might go by your route and download the audio versions instead. Looking forward to reading more about this Sam/Mercy/Adam thing - which is funny because I so hate love triangles!

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  4. I recently finished this one as a re-read, too. I think it was definitely a pivotal book in the series and it did stick with me.

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  5. Patricia Briggs is on my TBR. I only ever see great things about this series! Glad this was such an awesome listen!

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  6. ha you are rereading this and I am stil trying to muster myself up to reading this. I am scared that i will end up being the black sheep of my friends

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  7. I did the narration for the last couple of books and loved them. I'm planning to do my re'read' on the audios. I'm glad to see you loved this second time around :)

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  8. This is yet another series I mean to get to!! I will have to check out the audios!

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  9. It's always great to have the time to reread an old favourite, and being able to love it even more than the first version is splendid! I haven't read many reads about shapeshifters even though I do love those ones, so I am glad you could enjoy it so much ^.^

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