Hmmmm, 3 or 4 stars? When I stared reading the book, the plot was interesting but the writing was choppy in the free part. Something made me take the chance and buy it. I was expecting to enjoy the book, but not love it based on the quality of writing.And then, somewhere through the book it just clicked into place. I think it was when the author didn't make the tropey "grrr we mates" insta love/sex" plot line. There was attraction, but it was just normal attraction not some fated mate crap.Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of unanswered questions about the "Mage council" and I saw the conflicts a mile away. But, this is a first book in a series and I will check out the next one.