As the first book in the series (currently four)...this is dynamite. It's definitely filled that spot for me where Anita Blake was prime-time resident. Even though I didn't want to, I had to stop reading the Anita Blakes as the story has gone completely off-track but Mercy Thompson as a new character - she is very refreshing and you can't help but laugh at the love/hate relationship she has with her neighbour. You sooo know that something is going to happen between them. Well one Patricia Briggs on producing a quality series.