I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles. (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).
Marsilia, the local Vampire Queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan—and she's out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack (and her close relationship with its sexy Alpha), it won't be Mercy's blood Marsilia is after.
It'll be her friends'.
One of my favourite Mercy Thompson novels! Lots of vampire drama, but most importantly we get to know Stefan better. Is it wrong that I still wish Mercy had chosen him rather than Adam? Mercy gets to really draw on her skinwalker powers, proving once again that being a growly werewolf is not necessarily as tough as the wily coyote! (BTW, I saw a big fluffy coyote over the Xmas holidays, and thought of Ms. Thompson).
Re-reading this series has really re-set my internal reading-metre. I’m enjoying myself again, recovering from a potential reading slump before it really got hold of me. Thank you, Ms. Briggs, for giving me that oomph to escape the downward pull of the book-slump-undertow!