The term “Iron Kissed” is Mercy’s word for describing Zee, a Gremlin who isn’t really a gremlin because the term was invented only about a couple of hundred years ago and Zee is a LOT older than that. Mercy bent the rules and used a borrowed fae item twice in Blood Bound and Uncle Mike and Zee need a non-magical person to investigate the scene so they call in a favor. During the investigation, Mercy finds herself and her friends endangered by her nose and the company she keeps.
[spoiler]Zee is found at one of the crime scenes with blood on his hands and is charged with murder.[/spoiler]
Nobody threatens Mercy’s friends without her having a say in it and it’s up to Mercy to face the Grey Lords, the fae community, and some fae-hating political groupies to find the true killer before someone offs her friends.
I love the incorporation of German in the fae’s speech and the connection between the original folklore and stories like the Brothers Grimm with the worldbuilding that Briggs has created. Lovely! The transition between normal to extraordinary is so seamless, you step with Mercy into Underhill and back again and I could almost smell the sea. Briggs worldbuilding again leaves me wishing there really were an Underhill to travel to, if I could just avoid the selkies.
For those readers following along with the Mercy Thompson books, what is your favorite type of non-human character so far? Who would you want to be? Where would you like to travel to?
Grab a cuppa and let’s chat about it!