But this new vampire is hardly ordinary-and neither is the demon inside of him.
It took me a long time to pick up this book 2 in Mercy Thompson's series but now that I've read it I can't wait to continue with it. Iron Kissed is what I'm going to read next! Mercy is a walker; a shape shifter than can turn into a coyote her world is filled with vampires, werewolves, fae and occasionally humans.
In this story Mercy receives a request for help from her friend Stephan, the vampire, in the middle of the night. He is going to investigate a sorcerer turned Vampire that he fears can dominate him with magic but won’t dominate Mercy. His fears are confirmed and he and Mercy end the night a bit worse for wear while the sorcerer/vampire goes off to do more horrific things.
Stephan vows not to endanger Mercy again and goes off to destroy the entity on his own but not only he disappears as Warren, Mercy's werewolf friend is found almost dead, and Mercy is asked by Marsilia, the head of the vampires, to find and destroy the sorcerer that is on a murdering spree and calling the cop's attention to both vampires and werewolves.
There were two things I really enjoyed in this story, first that we find out a lot more about how the vampires are organised, about their powers and how they "work"; secondly that it made Mercy a very strong heroine, capable of defeating her enemies without turning into a machine with no feelings.
On the romantic front Mercy is still divided between Adam and Samuel and seems unable to make a choice since doing so would mean letting go of one of them. While this could easily seems the work of a needy and manipulative person I think Briggs handles it with much success by making us aware of Mercy's feelings that truly make her a well rounded character.