A conference of European werewolves takes place in Seattle. Only Patricia Briggs could come up with the concept. The topic of the conference is the decision of the American werewolves’ leader, the Marrok, to come out of the closet and declare the werewolves’ existence to the general population. The Europeans are not happy with the Marrok’s decision, and tempers run high in the conference hall. And outside too, as the political intrigues and the personal agendas clash under the rainy sky of Seattle
The Marrok’s son Charles and his young mate Anna represent the Marrok at the conference. Anna has only been married to Charles for a month. She is still unsure of herself, her place among the werewolves or in Charles’s life. Both of them are in the first phase of marriage: learning, adjusting, exploring their love bond. They have to do it in a hurry, as they find themselves in the centre of various interlocking and deadly schemes between several conflicting parties.
This story is a bit slower than the previous one, Cry Wolf (review here), as more page space is devoted to Anna’s and Charles’s contemplations of their relationship. Psychology is as much a part of this novel as betrayal. Several betrayals in fact, and both Anna and Charles must untangle the multilayered secrets and lies, and do it swiftly, if they hope to survive the conference.
There is a powerful and treacherous fae in the story, a delusional werewolf, and a troll under the bridge. Not the harmless one in the photo, although Anna and Charles do visit this famous Seattle attraction.
The real, carnivorous troll. There is also Excalibur, vampires, witches, and murders. Plenty of excitement in a neat package of one novel.
We learn more about the protagonists as well, as the author displays Anna’s and Charles’s insecurities and delves deeper into their loving souls. Unlike many other series, in this one, the characters change, develop in every book. Despite being werewolves, with fangs and claws and other requisite attributes of immortal monsters, they felt more human in this installment than in the previous one, and I fell completely under their spells.