This is my favorite of these books so far. I loved the getting-the-team-together atmosphere, the fish-out-of-water aspect of Kate, Curran, Andrea, et al. faffing around in Europe. It was interesting to see a different setting in this world, and I liked how being far away from home changed the dynamics of Kate’s relationships with the Pack. I also just liked the clarity of the story, and how because Kate and co. are also trying to find their way in unfamiliar territory, there’s a neat symmetry with the feelings of the reader as well. It was nice that for once they didn’t have to save Atlanta from looming destruction! And it also doesn’t hurt that Kate finally confronts the person we’ve felt coming for the last few books, Hugh d’Ambray, her father’s right-hand man.
Kate and Curran and ten members of their Pack have traveled to Europe, ostensibly to mediate a dispute between three packs involving a wolf-shifter who is pregnant with twins, who both have different fathers. But they all know it’s a trap, which becomes crystal clear when Hugh waltzes into the hall for dinner, and it’s suddenly all about Kate.
After this book, I have a large affection for Barabas, one of Kate’s bodyguards/assistants (babysitters, as she calls them), and I really hope he can get himself a boyfriend he deserves.