IRON KISSED is the third volume of the Mercy Thompson series about a Volkswagen auto-mechanic living in Washington State with her oddball collection of supernatural friends. Mercedes Thompson is a great character as she represents the best in what I consider to be "working class heroines." Characters who remain grounded enough in the quote-unquote real world that you can imagine them as real people in addition to their "normal" adventures.
BLOOD BOUND is the sequel to Patricia Briggs' MOON CALLED and the second volume of the Mercy Thompson series. I've mentioned this is not a series I'm reading for the first time but, in fact, have read this series three or four times. It's not my favorite urban fantasy series, that remains THE DRESDEN FILES, but it works as mental comfort food. Whenever I need a short easy ready, I can always turn to the world of Mercedes and her band of weirdo friends.
Reviewing the Mercy Thompson series feels a bit redundant as it remains one of the more popular urban fantasy series out there and is still going strong after a dozen books. That's the kind of success to aspire to rather than turn more people onto them for. As a result, this review is going to be more about what the book series has meant to me and a recommendation for those people who haven't tried it to give it a go.