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My favorite book in the series thus far - Perfect blend of action & romance,
This review is from: Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega, Book 2) (Mass Market Paperback)
Plot Summary: Charles and Anna are still adjusting to being mated after their traumatic battle with the witch in book one. They don't even get a honeymoon when Bran needs them to attend a werewolf summit in Seattle. Charles must present Bran's plan to take the North American werewolves public, and the European packs aren't keen on the idea. Charles may be Bran's enforcer, but he also proves to be an intelligent diplomat, however Brother Wolf comes to the forefront when Anna is attacked by a group of vampires. Someone is out to sabotage the summit, and Anna and Charles are the primary targets.
I am giving this book perfect marks for having my favorite blend of romance, action, magic, and mystery. This may be sacrilege, but I think I like this series even more than the Mercy Thompson novels. It's hard to believe, but true. I enjoy the combustible relationship between Charles and Anna; it's all so fresh and their nascent bond is constantly being tested. I still get that thump-to-the-gut feeling when Anna manages to open up to Charles, or when this big tough guy is unspeakably tender to his mate. Patricia Briggs is one of the few authors I've encountered who can keep that first love intensity alive with just few words. It's kind of magical really.
The plot is slowly moving toward the werewolves going public, and I see a lot of fodder for future installments. A ton of new characters are introduced here, and suspicion is cast over everyone after Anna is jumped by the vampires. It turns into a supernatural thriller as the saboteur keeps escalating the attacks while the evidence points to an unlikely werewolf-vampire collaboration. There's plenty of fighting, biting, and werewolf action, all set to a fast pace that practically hums with excitement.
As much as I applaud the action and this fabulous fantasy construct, it's still the relationship between Charles and Anna that will keep me coming back for more. The hard part about following a series as it evolves is the wait time between books. According to Patricia Briggs's website, the good news is that there will be a third Alpha & Omega novel, but the bad news is that it's coming August 2010. Oh man, what a wait.
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Initial post: Sep 6, 2009 9:16:20 AM PDT
M. Marlene Smith says:
I love werewolf stories and have been mostly disappointed with what is available in that genre. Maybe I'll give this one a shot Great review.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2009 1:35:17 PM PDT
Mrs. Baumann says:
Hi Marlene - This is another one of the FEW series that I'm willing to pay for. I recommend it, BUT, I do have some advice. To do it right, you've got to read the prequel novella called "Alpha and Omega" first, then "Cry Wolf" (the first full-length novel), and then "Hunting Ground." This is one of those series that follows one couple, so they've got to be read in order (no fudging here). Nobody does werewolf like Patricia Briggs though - they're not just slavering beasts here.
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