Not a fairytale

Iron Kissed (Mercedes Thompson, #3)Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

‘You need to choose,’ he told me intently. ‘Adam or Samuel or neither. But you can’t keep them dangling.’

They keep dangling for a while. But it‘s not as painful as I remember it. I actually like Samuel so far. Mostly. The resolution of this particular dilemma is anticlimactic.

Mercy is still dealing with some of the things she stuck her paws into in the previous books…

It was Adam’s trouble that had started everything. Then I’d owed the vampires for helping me with Adam’s problems. Clearing that up had left me indebted to the fae.

So, this time around we get to know the fae much better and finally make a trip to the Walla Walla reservation. As scary supernatural beings go, I think the vampires were much scarier, especially Marsilia. The fae are supposed to be, but it‘s all vague and a little nondescript and shrouded in mystery. Ok, the reservation is pretty cool. And the Fideal was fun in a nasty way.

The latter part of the book goes to a place the usual UF doesn‘t tend to go. The horrible thing that happens is not graphic (luckily) and happens mostly in the off. I am still mulling over the aftermath and if I like what Briggs did with it. I am not quite buying it.

On the lighter side of things, in this issue we meet my favourite non-sentient being… thing… item of power… The Walking Stick. I love it. Him? Feels like a him.

Considering that I couldn‘t put this down and read half the night on a work night, this deserves 5 stars from me, same as the first time around.

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Reading order and progress of my chronological Mercyverse re-read:

Moon Called
, ★★★★★, 1st Mercy novel
extra
Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson: Moon Called Vol. 1
, ★★★☆☆, comic adaptation of the same…

Alpha & Omega
, ★★★★☆, novella, start of the Alpha & Omega spin-off

Cry Wolf
, ★★★★☆, 1st Alpha & Omega novel

Hunting Ground
, ★★★★☆, 2nd Alpha & Omega novel

Blood Bound
, ★★★★★, 2nd Mercy novel
Iron Kissed , ★★★★★, 3rd Mercy novel
Bone Crossed next…

Complete time-line for the “Mercyverse”, including the short stories:
http://www.patriciabriggs.com/books/t…

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First read in 2008:

Zee is arrested as a murder suspect. Mercy tries everything to help her old boss. Not a favourite move with the resident fairy community. And on top of that she’s having major relationship problems — it looks as if it’s high time to decide between Samuel or Adam.
Very entertaining, the third book in this series is still going strong. Not as good as the Kitty Norville books, but a very close contender.

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Vampire stuff

Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2)Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is where Mercy‘s story gets really interesting for me.

“I was already a freak, a shapeshifter not tied to the moon who turned into a coyote. Neither human nor werewolf nor fae. I didn’t like thinking I might be even odder than I’d thought.“

I like the plot of this second Mercy novel. It‘s believable and doesn‘t feel as convoluted as the Alpa & Omega novels I read before this. The plot makes sense. The vampires are scary.

The beginning was a little too much recounting and summarizing of the first book for my taste.

And, again, amazing how little I remembered of the story!

What Samuel and Stefan go through and how they interact with Mercy also works for me. I get it. Stefan, not so much, he seems to be a little arbitrary. But I enjoyed this enough to stick to my previous 5-star rating. I loved Ms. Hanna!

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Chronological reading order and progress for my Mercyverse re-read:

Moon Called
, ★★★★★, 1st Mercy novel
extra
Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson: Moon Called Vol. 1
, ★★★☆☆, comic adaptation of the same…

Alpha & Omega
, ★★★★☆, novella, start of the Alpha & Omega spin-off

Cry Wolf
, ★★★★☆, 1st Alpha & Omega novel

Hunting Ground
, ★★★★☆, 2nd Alpha & Omega novel

Blood Bound
, ★★★★★, 2nd Mercy novel
Iron Kissed next…

Complete time-line for the “Mercyverse”, including the short stories:
http://www.patriciabriggs.com/books/t…
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1st time read, 2008:

Mercy is special. She’s not a shapeshifter from the old world, but rather a walker from the new one. And as such vampires don’t hold a thrall over her. Good enough for her undead friend to take her along to a possibly dangerous meeting with the new vampire in town. She’s going undercover, too, as her shapeshifted self – a coyote.
Obviously things go downhill quickly from there and get messy. Very entertaining, read it on a weekend on my sofa, couldn’t put it down! Second in series.

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Fae sh*t!

Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega, #2)Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Parts of the plot are a little silly. Yes, again, I did not remember a thing about it…

Charles oscillates between love sick and scary überwolf. Anna works on her scared wererabbit persona. Jean is the one-dimensional evil dude without character development. I kept mixing up and confusing Arthur and Angus.

There were some fun parts, overall it was very entertaining, especially the last chapters. Again a little convoluted, I didn‘t really buy the bad guy and had pretty much forgotten his motives the moment I finished the book. Ok, it came back to me after thinking about it pretty hard…

As for the rating… that kept moving around 3.5 and not quite 5, from silly plot to unputdownable action sequences. So it goes down to 4 stars.

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Chronological reading order and progress for my Mercyverse re-read:

Moon Called
, ★★★★★, 1st Mercy novel
extra
Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson: Moon Called Vol. 1
, ★★★☆☆, comic adaptation of the same…

Alpha & Omega
, ★★★★☆, novella, start of the Alpha & Omega spin-off

Cry Wolf
, ★★★★☆, 1st Alpha and Omega novel

Hunting Ground
, ★★★★ ☆, 2nd Alpha and Omega novel
Blood Bound next Mercy novel…

Complete time-line for the “Mercyverse”, including the short stories:
http://www.patriciabriggs.com/books/t…

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Original snippet from 2010:
Great fun, loved it! Maybe even more than the first one in this new series by Patricia Briggs.

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The moon called again

Moon Called (Mercedes Thompson, #1)Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

‘His eyes lit for a minute. ‘Mercedes the Volkswagen mechanic?’ His face closed down quickly, and he mumbled, ‘Sorry. Bet you’ve heard that a lot.’‘

It‘s been over 10 years since I read this for the first time. It is a good reminder of all the little details I forgot. Hair colours, eye colours, who is who, who did what when and why…

Never mind not remembering the actual plot. At all. The resolution of the whodunnit at the end revealed a pretty convoluted plot.

Still liked it after all this time.

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Chronological reading order for my Mercyverse re-read:
(1st time readers should start with Moon Called)
– Silver, novella, not read, part of Shifting Shadows: Stories From the World of Mercy Thompson, might read later.

Homecoming
, comic, ★☆☆☆☆, skipping
– Gray, short, not read, part of Shifting Shadows
– Fairy Gifts, short, not read, part of Shifting Shadows
– Seeing eye, short, not read, part of Shifting Shadows

Moon Called
, ★★★★★, 1st Mercy novel
extra
Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson: Moon Called Vol. 1
, ★★★☆☆, comic adaptation of the beginning of the first Mercy Thompson novel.

Alpha & Omega
, ★★★★☆, novella, start of the Alpha & Omega spin-off

Cry Wolf
, ★★★★☆, first full-length novel in the Alpha and Omega series
Hunting Ground, second novel in the Alpha and Omega series, next… and with this I am back on track in the correct reading order.

Time-line for the “Mercyverse”:
http://www.patriciabriggs.com/books/t…

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Original review from the 1st read in 2007:

How refreshing, the shapeshifting heroine is not a werewolf for a change, but a coyote! And she’s almost a normal girl from next door with her job as a car mechanic. Ok, so the guy who fancies her is the alpha of the local werewolves and her old boss is a gremlin. And that other bloke that keeps coming over is a vampire…. Life is not perfect. But cheeck-in tongue and a page turner with Mercy Thompson. First in the series.

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Comic to book adaptation

Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson: Moon Called Vol. 1Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson: Moon Called Vol. 1 by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Comic adaptation of the first Mercy THompson novel, Moon Called.

After reading Homecoming, I said I wouldn‘t read another of these comic adaptations. Yet here I am. It was free with Kindle Unlimited. I stumbled across it, when getting a new copy of the novel. It does ok, as comic-to-book adaptations go. It‘s pretty true to the story and ticks off all the important plot points.

The art is nothing special. Adam looks odd.

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Here is Bran…

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Anatomic details are often not well done. The hands are too long or to stiff, they all look as if they are wearing eye shadow and are too androgynous for my taste. The coyote and the wolves in motion are just not done very well…

If you‘re a completionist and want to read this, it‘s ok for fans of the series. Or for a quick introduction into the series… Other than that not recommended.

Oh, and the extra story is drawn by another artists and, well…. not very good? However, it gives us an insight into the beginnings of the Alpha & Omega spin-off, as we get to meet Justin.

Time-line for the “Mercyverse”:
http://www.patriciabriggs.com/books/t…

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Crying wolf three times…

Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1)Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn‘t find Anna as whiny as during my last re-read. I did pay more attention to Bran, Leah and Asil this time around. Satisfying read.

I have been wanting to re-read this series for a while. So here it goes. We‘ll see how far I‘ll actually get. Skipping stuff, as the mood strikes me.

Chronological reading order: (1st time readers should start with Moon Called)
– Silver, novella, not read, part of Shifting Shadows: Stories From the World of Mercy Thompson
Homecoming, comic, ★☆☆☆☆
– Gray, short, not read, part of Shifting Shadows: Stories From the World of Mercy Thompson
– Fairy Gifts, short, not read, part of Shifting Shadows: Stories From the World of Mercy Thompson
– Seeing eye, short, not read, part of Shifting Shadows: Stories From the World of Mercy Thompson
Moon Called, ★★★★★, 1st Mercy novel, re-reading next.
Alpha & Omega, ★★★★☆, novella, start of the Alpha & Omega spin-off, re-read in January 2020
Cry Wolf, ★★★★☆, first full-length novel in the Alpha and Omega series, re-read in January 2020
– …

Time-line for the “Mercyverse”:
http://www.patriciabriggs.com/books/t…

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Re-read July 2017:

“I was never afraid of monsters until I became one. Now I’m afraid of my own shadow.”

Anna is a little whiney in this one. I know that some people get put off by that. But she is not really a special snowflake, she comes into her own eventually and it’s done in a convincing way.

I think to appreciate the story best, reading the Alpha & Omega prequel is a good choice. It moves on from the pretty smoothly.

Entertaining, good action scenes, good characterizations. And it fleshes out the world of Mercy Thompson quite nicely.

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First read in 201o:

This series is a spin-off of the Mercy Thompson books. The first one is set back in Aspen Creek and centres around Charles Cornick and his new mate Anna. I was hesitant at first if it would be as good as the Mercy books, so it sat on my shelf for a while. But it is really good, I’ve had a lot of fun, it actually kept me up half way through the night.

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Hidden flames

Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy, #4)Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

New trilogy in the Hidden Legacy universe. Set three years after the first trilogy, told from the POV of Nevada‘s sister Catalina.

While it is probably intended as a stand-alone, there is very little explanation of what has happened so far or in terms of world building. For newcomers I think it would be best to start with the first trilogy, for a better grasp of this world.

Catalina sounds very much like Nevada, almost interchangeable besides their differing kinds of magic. Alessandro is pretty one-dimensional at first, but gets a bit more interesting in the course of the book. The romance is barely there though. I guess that part will get more intense in the next two books.

Nevada only appears in a few brief phone calls, Rogan is absent and the rest of the family is pretty much in the sidelines.

As always, good action sequences. Good tension, entertaining, rarely a dull moment. A must-read for fans. Made me think of the Edge series.

5 stars? Or just 4 stars? Can‘t make up my mind… the story in the first book of the series was more interesting…

And now the long wait for the next book.

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