By Patricia Briggs
Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2008
Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, paranormal, mystery, paranormal mystery
Series: Mercy Thompson; 3
Intended audience: Adult
Number of pages: 287
Setting: Tri-cities (Richland, Kennewick, & Pasco), WA
Time period: Contemporary
Plot summary: When Mercy’s friend and mentor, Zee, is charged with a murder which he didn’t commit, Mercy does all she can to prove his innocence. This becomes problematic because Zee is one of the fae and the fae do not like outsiders, like Mercy, poking their noses’ in their business.
Pacing: Like the previous books, this is an extremely fast paced book.
Characterization: Told in first person through Mercy. Both Samuel and Adam continue to be important characters. Uncle Mike (a fae) also has an important role in this story.
Frame: The title sets the frame for the story. Zee is one of the few fae who is considered “iron kissed”; he can work with iron and steel without being harmed by it.
Story line: Mercy continues to put her own life and well-being at risk for her friends.
Automobile mechanics — Fiction.
Werewolves — Fiction.
Thompson, Mercedes (Fictitious character) — Fiction.
Jim Butcher – The Dresden Files series
Charlaine Harris – Sookie Stackhouse series
Kim Harrison – Rachel Morgan/ Hallows series
Karen Marie Moning – MacKayla Lane/ Fever series
Personal notes: Great read! I finished it in a day of travelling. I still love the series. It’s been a while since I’ve read two series books right in a row. I would read the fourth one immediately if I had access to it. I like how things have worked out so far between Mercy and Samuel.
Other: Diversity – walker (shape shifter), werewolves, gremlin, fae, ghost, multiracial woman – part Native American, female auto mechanic, homosexuals