I was disappointed that I didn't really get into this one because I was looking forward to the antagonistic Graham McNeil's story. He was such an interesting person but all the opportunity his back story provided was not explored at all. His relationship with his nephew Dougal and the two cubs was only treated in a superficial and 'cutesy' way. The heroine Misty was a shallow Mary Sue with little characterisation apart from a saccharine story about why she became a florist - 'because flowers make people happy' (gag). I didn't feel any connection between her and Graham and the plot felt contrived and conflict was resolved by a deus ex machina.
I think just finishing The King has probably made this book seem worse than it is by comparison. But I might wait for reviews before I pick up the next volume.