Anna, three years a werewolf, raped, beaten, half-starved and handed from one male to another, places a call from Chicago to the wilds of Montana. She reaches the Marrok, North America’s werewolf ruler, telling him she’s seen a boy, one reported missing and possibly injured. He was in a cage her pack…
Many readers make the mistake of reading Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series without reading this novella first. Don’t make that mistake. This is the story of how the two lead characters, Anna and Charles, met and came to be mates.
As far as I’m concerned, this author is untouchable in the paranormal/urban fantasy genre. Her imagination, her fascinating take on werewolf packs, her flawed but fantastic characters. This series is a little more on the paranormal romance side of things (and told in the third person), while the attached Mercy Thompson series is more urban fantasy (and told in the first person). Both are brilliant, and similar, yet different.
Anna is a werewolf who was turned against her will, knowing nothing about the world she was dragged into. Her pack abuses her severely, but when she discovers a teenage boy – also turned against his will – was involved in what looks like a double homicide, she knows she can’t stay silent anymore. Gathering her courage, she contacts the most powerful werewolf in North America – and he sends his second, his son Charles, out to investigate.
There is so much story in such a short space of time, and it’s just wonderful. I’ve read this novella a number of times, and always enjoy it.
One thing I had an issue with was that there were a few errors. A percentage the characters quote changes at one point. The blurb says Anna has been a werewolf four years (I changed it here) and the story says three. There were some wrong words in the text (loose instead of lose, for example).
I’ve gone off paranormal books quite severely in the past few years, but my love of this author’s work hasn’t diminished one bit.