Oh my Mercy. Oh my Adam. Oh my Jesse. Oh my Samuel. Oh my Zee. Oh my Warren. Oh my Ben.
That damn cliffhanger is eating me up.
Okay. Get a grip, Mariana. *deep breath*
As you may or may not have noticed, I haven't read a Mercy book in a while. And when I say a while, I mean more than a year. I don't know why I would do such a thing. I guess I just kept forgetting to buy the following installments of the series. I'm way behind, I know.
Anyway, I was offered a book during a book fair and they had this one. I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to return to my beloved Mercy & Co.
The same way "Moon Called" focused on wolves and "Blood Bound" on vampires, "Iron Kissed" was about the fae. Zee, Mercy's gremlin mentor, has been imprisoned for the murder of one of Fairyland's human guards. Even though Zee is innocent, he would have killed the man if he had the chance, being that he had committed the multiple homicides who plagued the fae reserve. As the loyal protégée that she is, Mercy will do everything in her power to prove Zee's innocence, even if it includes investigating the secrets of the magical folk, who wouldn't hesitate to eliminate her, or Zee for that matter, if it kept them out of the spotlight.
There's tons of Adam Hauptman, though not nearly enough for the Adam junkies, like myself. He's so dreamy.
The story started out a bit slow, but it picked up its pace around 25%. The mystery was, as always with Patricia Briggs, intriguing and absorbing, mostly because the villains were those you never would have suspected of. The reader is introduced to seemingly ordinary and unimportant characters, who end up revealing themselves as so much more.
That said, this was a great book, just not mindblowingly amazing to deserve those 5 stars. The exceptionally interesting last half doesn't make up for the slightly more dull first half. However, I will always recommend this series for its wonderfully woven story and rich, loveable characters.