Friday, September 17, 2010

Book Review: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

Review: Cry Wolf
Series: Alpha & Omega – Book 2
Author: Patricia Briggs
No of Pages: 294
Release Date: 29 July 2008

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’s 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...

My Thoughts:

Patricia Briggs has definitely redeemed herself in my eyes with the awesomeness that is, Cry Wolf.

Cry Wolf is actually the second book in this series with On the Prowl (a short story) being the first, detailing the events leading up to Cry Wolf. Although I didn’t read On the Prowl before I read Cry Wolf, it in no way detracted from the story and it was easy to pick up the events of what had happened previously.

Cry Wolf follows the story of Anna and Charles and their quest to find a rogue werewolf. Anna who is traumatised from living with her previous pack who abused her in more way that just physically is struggling to adjust and Charles who is an assassin for his father and not used to being close with anyone is new to the experience as well.

Anna and Charles wolves chose each other before Anna and Charles realised what was happening. So they have a strong attraction to each other even though they barely know one another. Anna is also a rare Omega wolf, which is neither submissive nor dominant and who doesn’t have to follow orders from anyone. Being an Omega also comes with special powers which Anna and Charles know nothing about.

Anna is a strong, extremely likeable character. She is traumatised but doesn’t try to act tough, she does however, let her wolf take over. Anna’s wolf has been protecting her ever since she was turned, I felt sorry for the wolf because she has taken on all the abuse suffered by Anna so that Anna can live day to day. Anna’s wolf is definitely very strong and although it’s confusing to distinguish between the two I think I loved Anna’s wolf for being strong enough to take all the pain away from Anna.

Charles was a little erratic with his behaviour because of Anna’s Omega effect on him. One minute he was calm and rational, the next he was growling at someone who looked at either him or Anna the wrong way.

After reading Moon Called what I loved most about Cry Wolf was the insight we got into Samuel and Bran. Charles is a lot younger than both of them and although Samuel seems at odds with the world seeing him in a different light, through his brothers eyes made him a well rounded character instead of the one we saw in Moon Called.

Cry Wolf was very character driven and I loved it. Anna and Charles were well developed, as were the secondary characters. We had a little bit of the trademark Briggs repetition, but it definitely wasn’t as bad as Moon Called.

I don’t know how the story will continue as it was wrapped up so beautifully at the end of Cry Wolf, but I do want to go back. Cry Wolf was action packed with its hunt for the rogue but also very sweet with its beautiful development of characters.

Others in this Series:
On the Prowl
Hunting Ground

1 comment:

Angiegirl said...

I'm very glad you liked this one so much. I think you'd enjoy reading the novella that started it in ON THE PROWL. I read it in one sitting and it's really fabulous. I also thought HUNTING GROUND was great. But I'm a bit of a Briggs fangirl... :)


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