And here we are once again. This book is yet another wonderful story, a fine addition the series so far, and a gripping conclusion to the arc begun in the previous book.
Minor Spoilers, nothing specific: Suffice to say Michaela goes through with all her plans that she has been making in secret since the last book, but this book is about much more than that, and it leaves the reader with much to think about. Far from the vulnerable, frightened fox of previous books, in this book we see a much, much darker side of Michaela. We're presented with someone who reminds me very much of a ruthlessly efficient killer. Cold as ice. No prisoners. No mercy.
However, we are often reminded that she had a heart deep inside. One that perhaps mourns for the path her life has taken, perhaps wishing things could have been simpler, or could have been more straightforward. Cold and calculating one moment and sorrowful and sobbing the next, we see her wrestle with the consequences her choices in life have laid upon her.
Eventually, though, she must answer for what she's done, and her relationship to the alpha can't save her. She has to defend herself on her own...but there are still consequences, ones even a clever fox can't escape from.
The story doesn't make Michaela a hero or a villain. She simply does what she needs to do. Was she right in what she did? Was she wrong? Did she go about doing it in the right way or should she have left it alone? Is she the victorious hero or someone driven to desperate acts who should be pitied or scorned? These are all questions that the reader must answer for themselves. So having read it, what do I think? Well...I'm afraid that's private.
I will say, though, it becomes quite clear to me that in this book she severely damages the trust so many have placed in her. Even once her punishment is complete, will her relationships ever truly be the same? Will trust ever completely be restored? I hope so. I suppose we'll have to wait until book #7 to find out.