Anna never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack… and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer—and son—of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life.
Charles insists that not only is Anna his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. And it is Anna’s inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf—a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all of the pack.
First thing to do when you read this book: put it down and read Alpha and Omega first. I wasn’t reading Cry Wolf for the first time, and this time I tried to imagine what it would be like to not know the story of how Anna and Charles came together, and I just… couldn’t. I think you’d get half a story without having read the introductory novella.
So, that out of the way, I really like this book. Patricia Briggs writes my favourite urban fantasy books (though calling this one ‘urban’ anything is pushing it, as most of it takes place in rural Montana). I love her take on werewolves and werewolf society. She has the most complex and consistent world I have come across in this genre, and even though I rarely read in the paranormal genre anymore, I am more than happy to read and reread her work.
The characters in this series are connected to the Mercy Thompson series, but it isn’t necessary to read one to understand the other.
Anna, the heroine of this book, is my favourite kind of heroine. She’s not in-your-face with her strength, and she’s not always certain of herself. She just quietly goes about saving the day while other people do the posturing. When we meet her here, she is brand new to her mate, Charles’ pack, and she’s struggling. She has been abused and is wary of people. She hardly knows the first thing about being a werewolf.
Charles is one of the most powerful werewolves around, and he intimidates pretty much everyone – a fact that bothers him. He doesn’t know what to do with this unexpected git of a mate, but he’s determined to get it right.
There’re rogue creatures in the forest, and the two of them set out together to deal with it.
As I said, I just love Briggs’ take on world building. She’s so smart, and she seems to have thought of everything. The dynamics between the characters and the way they determine their hierarchy. She has it so well thought-out.
This first ‘official’ book in the series is very different from the next one, which is more what you might call ‘urban fantasy’. And this series differs from Mercy Thompson both in that it’s written in the first person, and also because it lingers a teensy bit more on the romance than Mercy does.
Both series are great.