I've read and really enjoyed listening to all the previous books of the Recluse Saga. This one seemed a bit disjointed, at first, from the rest and didn't seem to get to the same ending point of the rest (would have expected several more chapters at least to see where the next book is heading). That being said, I would read this one again and do recommend it to anyone who has read the others. It, perhaps more than the others, needs to be read with the series.
Like all of the previous books and true to form The Mongrel Mage is another great story.. in the Recluse Saga..