I enjoyed about this 9th Mercy Thompson novel, but it felt, in many ways, less epic than prior installments. So while many of the things I love about Mercy remained (her relationship with Adam the Alpha werewolf, the reappearance of the fae walking stick, and the progression of the overall plot), this was a quieter book.
Which I guess is fitting, since Mercy and Adam are solidly married, and some of what she has to wrangle has to do with how their relationship has grown and matured. They also face how the werewolves will interact with the fae who have retreated from the broader society.
Recommended for Mercy fans, but probably not the book to start the series with. For 18 and up.