Anna Latham didn’t know how complicated life could be until she became a werewolf. And until she was mated to Charles Cornick, the son — and enforcer — of Bran, the leader of the North American werewolves, she didn’t know how dangerous it could be either…
Anna and Charles have just been enlisted to attend a summit to present Bran’s controversial proposition: that the wolves should finally reveal themselves to humans. But the most feared Alpha in Europe is dead set against the plan — and it seems like someone else might be too. When Anna is attacked by vampires using pack magic, the kind of power only werewolves should be able to draw on, Charles and Anna must combine their talents to hunt down whoever is behind it all — or risk losing everything…
“Sweetie,” said the witch, “while you were up here getting the cold shakes from all those nasty wolves staring at you – they were trying to figure out why you were upset and who they needed to kill for you.”
This was another reread – my first experience of Hunting Ground was back when it was released in 2009, and I loved it. Almost five years later and I might not be the fan of the supernatural I was back then, but I still love this book.
Anna and Charles – one of the most unlikely pairings in the universe of urban fantasy and paranormal romance – remain just about my favourite. Abused Omega werewolf Anna, turned against her will, is not what anybody expected when one of the world’s most dominant werewolves, Charles, took her as a mate. Yet somehow they are equals in many ways and they work perfectly together.
They weren’t cuddling: Anna didn’t cuddle. Charles had the feeling that if life had been fair to her, she would have enjoyed it – and maybe a few years down the line she might.
Patricia Briggs has a complex world of many supernatural characters, and yet it is consistent and always seems to make sense.
Unlike the past book – Cry Wolf – this one takes place in an urban environment (the other is in the mountains of Montana). Everyone is gathering to talk about bringing the werewolves out into the open, which aligns it with the events of the Mercy Thompson series without anything crossing over too much for it to be confusing. There’re some funny parts, some romantic parts, some gruesome parts, some sad parts.
I have a couple of teeny tiny things that niggled a bit, but that is mostly because I’m reading so many of the author’s books in one go. Silly little things, like the characters saying the incorrect could care less instead of couldn’t care less. Non-American characters saying a half hour instead of half an hour. The use of phone numbers with 555 in them (the combination Hollywood uses for fake numbers!). Additionally, the notion Scandinavians don’t speak English is ridiculous – they speak it better than we do!
The biggest one is the author’s love of names that begin with the letter A. Here we have Anna, Asil, Arthur, Angus and Alan, to go with Adam from the Mercy Thompson series. And then there’s the fact the term Alpha is always capitalised, and used liberally throughout the book! It results in sentences like these:
Arthur stood up, his wife cradled in his arms. Charles thought that Angus might be a little too quick to pronounce Arthur well.
I struggled to remember who was supposed to be who!
But these are all little niggles. I think Patricia Briggs holds top spot on my list of favourite authors in this genre. She writes sensible, smart, complex stories that are so much fun to read (when they’re not a little yucky!). This is a great series that seems to be getting stronger.