More like 4.5 stars. Took a little bit to get going but once it did... wow! I felt a little lost at first because I hadn't read the novella that set up the whole situation with Charles and Anna. I didn't stay lost for too long though. What happened is told naturally as this story unfolds. At first, I found Charles and Anna a little annoying with their hesitance and emotional reactions, but I would probably feel the same way had I been in their shoes. I have to say that they really grew on me. I also loved learning more about Bran's past. Overall, another great book by Briggs. A definite must-read for fans of the Mercy Thompson series and people who enjoy quality urban (in this case, not locationally urban) fantasy.