I have audiobook review for you today. I know it's unusual for me to post so many audiobook reviews back to back, but the last few books that I've read are video reviews and they aren't ready just yet. In the mean time, I do hope that you enjoy this review.
Release Date: July 29, 2008 | Penguin Audio on January 15, 2009
Pages: 294 (Mass Market Paperback) / Audio Length: Approx 10 hours
Narrator: Holter Graham
Source: Library via Overdrive
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Date: September 24, 2014
Rating: 5 bookmarks
Synopsis: 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.
The day after the death of the Chicago pack Alpha Leo and his 2nd, the new Alpha and three others from Anna's old pack came to help her pack her bags and head off to her new home with her new mate. After 2 years of abuse by Leo and other men in the Chicago pack, Anna has a lot of healing to do. Anna didn't even know what she was, but her old Alpha did. He was trying to keep an Omega under his control by having her think that she's the bottom of the pack, a very submissive wolf. Thank goodness she got out of that.
It should be noted that for this entire book Charles is injured. He never fully healed from the silver bullets he took in the Alpha and Omega novella. This is one tough dude, Charles wasn't healing as so stayed in his wolf form for almost the first 10% of the book before he was able to be human again. Charles had a hard go of it in this book. He never fully healed so everything he was doing was through a haze of pain.
The majority of this installment takes place in the wilderness. Anna and Charles are off to look for a rogue wolf whom Bran thinks is killing a lot of people, instead they find something even worse. There's a newly made wolf, a witch, a Alpha wolf and his Omega. Sounds like tons of fun right? Well it is.
The villain of this story is a witch that's out for revenge. Revenge again Asil "The Moor". Asil was in one of characters in one of the more recent Mercy Thompson books and I was surprised to see him in this book, but I shouldn't have been. He was sent by Bran to help Mercy after all. Plus these characters had lives before they entered Washington state.
In addition to having to deal with the witch and the rogue wolf, Charles and Anna are trying to figure out their lives and themselves with the addition of thier new mate bond. On top of Anna's sensitivity to dominate wolves, which Charles is, it's sweet to watch their relationship develop. I really like Charles and Anna as a couple and individually. I'm glad that there isn't a 3rd party creating the typical triangle, it's just them. That's something that is rare. There is always a love triangle and I like that there isn't this time. Ana has enough issues becoming comfortable in her own skin as an Omega and that's a big enough task, let alone adjusting to her new pack and mate bond with Charles.
As far as the story goes, I really like how these books are written. It's a nice change to see Briggs switch from first person (in the Mercy Thompson series) to third person (the Alpha and Omega series). That really speaks to her skill level as a writer. To change the perspective from character to character and back again with zero confusion is a difficult ability to master. Briggs did it, she's is able to make that adjustment smoothly and the story flows and is cohesive. You all know that I love her ability to not mince words. We get a full, action packed story without tons of unnecessary filler.
I listened to this on audio, as I have all of the books that I've "read" by Briggs. I like the narrators voice. As I mentioned, the story is told in 3rd person omniscient, so there are parts from many POVs and Graham pulls them off wonderfully.
Charles and Anna have survived their first major crisis and I'm sure there is more to come. With even more dangerous villains are ahead. Have you read the Alpha and Omega series? If so, what did you make of it? I'm enjoying it just as much as the Mercy Thompson books, but for different reasons. I've already progressed and moved on to the next book. I recommend this series for those who love urban fantasy with more of a love story.
Happy Reading and Listening,