On the heels of Kitty's return from London, a new werewolf shows up in Denver, one who threatens to split the pack by challenging Kitty's authority at every turn. The timing could not be worse; Kitty needs all the allies she can muster to go against the ancient vampire, Roman, if she's to have any hope of defeating his Long Game. But there's more to this intruder than there seems, and Kitty must uncover the truth, fast. Meanwhile, Cormac pursues an unknown entity wreaking havoc across Denver; and a vampire from the Order of St. Lazaurus tempts Rick with the means to transform his life forever.
This book is #11 in the Kitty series, but I do think you could read this one and not be too lost. Of course, you would miss Kitty's transformation from bottom of the pack to alpha wolf as well as all her adventures while coping with lycanthropy. So, even if you did read out of order, I do suggest you go back and witness her character growth. You would not be disappointed.
In this book we get a bit more of a glimpse of the "long game", the war that is brewing within the paranormal community. It's also a book about odd allies and knowing who to trust and how to handle things so you don't burn bridges when you might need the help in the end. No, the war hasn't come yet, but all indications tell us that it is coming and even if it takes a couple more books, it is on the horizon.
Although this book is leading up to a war, it really is more of a character book for Kitty. It's more about how she balances her wolf, responsibilities to the pack and family as well as work and gathering allies. I can see why the book was dedicated to these things. If it was packed into another book, it would have been too much. Still, there is adventure to keep us interested and invested in Kitty and Ben (who I just love together!).
I give this book 4 stars. It's a book that should not be missed. I also recommend this series for anyone who enjoys UF genre as well as a strong, intelligent female heroine.
I received this ARC from Tor and no compensation for my review was given.