About 50 pages in I nearly gave up on this novel and the entire series of Mercy Thompson novels. But I kept reading, and I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed the plot once it actually started happening and I thought the additions to the mythology of Mercy's world was nicely done. The super possesive/dominant alpha males still bothers me, mostly because we don't really see a lot of females with those same traits. However, that's a flaw in almost all of Briggs work. Still, enjoyable novel.