I just finished reading this book, and all I can say is WOW! I will warn you, I had to get the tissues out towards the end. This book is a much darker and somber book than the other two. I have read many reviews of this book and I keep hearing people whine about "Where was Stephan?" Well, since he wasn't in the first book, why would we expect him in the third??? This book was primarily about the fae, specifically Zee, her former boss, and the conclusion of the love triangle between Mercy and the two werewolves. We get to see more about the darker side to the fae then was brough out in the first two books. Character development remains superb throughout this book. I gave it 5 stars. If you are looking for a "happy ending" this book might not be for you, but if you like a book where you can really connect with the characters and know that at the end of the day good will triumph over evil, you will enjoy this book.
This is book 3 of the Mercedes Thompson series. Mercy, a VW mechanic who can shapeshift into a coyote, can't help sticking her nose into things when her friends are in danger, even when they tell her to back off. Book 1 was Mercy helping werewolves, book 2 was helping the vampires, and in book 3 she's involved with the fae. This time the problem is that her mentor Zee is being charged with murder. Mercy feels she must prove his innocence to save his life, even though he tells her to get lost. There is a resolution to the love triangle Mercy is involved in since book 1. I was pleased with it. It felt like her decision was inevitable but I liked how her choice was explained. I think you can probably read this book out of order, but I wouldn't recommend it. It's a lot better knowing what happened in books 1 and 2. Also - this felt like a different kind of book from 1 and 2 to me - more visceral, less escapist. This series remains one of my favorites.
It's rare to see a series getting better and better. This installment we see more character development and the end of the triangle between Mercy and her two weres, liked her choice at the end. I gotta tell you, it really got me. Mercy is one strong loyal coyote. You see how fae politics play out and you see a very dark face of the fae that you won't find in children tales.
I ended reading the book like five minutes ago and left me speechless. So much changes and drama to over come, and what she has to overcome will not be easy. Hope she release the next book soon.
This series is best when read in order; Moon Called, Blood Bound, Iron Kissed.
I love the Mercy character, and like the first two books, I expected Mercy to thrive and survive whatever challenges she must face. however, I will warn that this installment will really get you. I was so emotionally swept up in Mercy's story by the final few chapters. I brings up emotion you might not expect from a fae romp with werewolves and ghosties. I began reading expecting one kind of story, and finished with something really profound. The book summary tells you the basic plotline-- Mercy has to come to the aid of her mentor, Zee to save him, in spite of himself and the Fae community turning on him and Mercy. The story progresses nicely, but comes to a startling and especially wrenching conclusion. I dare anyone to make it through this book with dry eyes! Neverfear, Mercy will be back, but her journey is a tough one.
I have a new series to love! Patricia Briggs has restored my faith in a genre that is constantly recycling the same tired plots and ideas. The third installment of the Mercy Thompson series is truely heart wrenching. The author tackles a dark topic that she handles with a sense of true sincerity and as a survivor, that says something to me. The only problem with this is that it left me wanting more! I cannot wait for the next book.