I really liked this, it has been long enough since I've read the others that I can't remember, down to the details, how it directly compares. There might be a little more romance in this one like some people claim, but not enough (in my opinion) to make it more central then the other things going on. Besides, Adam and Mercy were due a little extra bonding time I think.I'm really not sure what to think about Samuel's storyline. Weird. I really love Adam's daughter, glad she was around a lot.Anyway, I think it is a great addition to the series. This might not be my favorite paranormal series, but it is high on the list. As far as paranormal heroines go, Mercy kicks Anita Blake's ass. Ready for more!