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“Fans of the vampire series by Charlaine Harris and Mary Jane Davidson will also enjoy Briggs' fantasy adventures.”—Booklist
More Praise for the Alpha and Omega Novels
“A terrific saga.”—Midwest Book Review
“Briggs has created such a detailed and well thought out world that I am helpless to resist.”—Fiction Vixen
“[Briggs] spins tales of werewolves, coyote shifters and magic and, my, does she do it well...If you like action, violence, romance and, of course, werewolves, then I urge you to pick up this series.”—USATODAY.com
“Interesting, fast-paced urban fantasy...[An] imaginative writer who always leaves fans anxiously waiting for the next tale.”—Monsters and Critics
“Patricia Briggs is amazing…Her Alpha and Omega novels are fantastic.”—Fresh Fiction
About the Author
- ASIN : B0011UCPLU
- Publisher : Ace; Ace Mass-market Ed edition (July 29, 2008)
- Publication date : July 29, 2008
- Language : English
- File size : 2795 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 321 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,563 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If you are looking for a sweeter romance that is steeped in werewolf lore and well written this is a great series for you. There is a prequel novella called "Alpha and Omega: A Companion Novella" that was helpful to read first and I would recommend doing so (I initially read this book first without knowing) but she does do some recaps so its not 100% necessary. I did really enjoy seeing this early stage of Anna and Charles romance in the novella though.
Set in the urban fantasy world of Mercy Thompson, this book focuses on the elusive Marrok and his pack. Charles is an old wolf, isolated because of his enforcer status and lonely. When his wolf chooses Anna, it is easy to see why and his acceptance and understanding of her was so sweet. Anna has been through a lot of loss and pain, but she endures and allows herself to open up to Charles. Their story is filled with moments of insecurity, passion, and understanding that gives a genuine and realistic view of navigating relationships...as werewolves.
The plot had dark moments, delving into dark witches and what it takes to become one. The villain was evil and there were moments that were a little hard to read because of how disturbing the individual was, but it all added to the stakes in a beautiful way. This first book sets up for more vibrant adventures starring Anna and Charles and the rest of Bran's mysterious pack.
I love everything I’ve read by Patricia Briggs. Her Mercy series was one of my favorite series and I think this will be right there with it. Set in the same time, we get to see the dynamic of Bram’s son Charles and his mate Anna, an Omega. Anna was turned by a pack out of Chicago and severely tortured in many ways for the last three years by the pack males, including the alpha.
This story starts after that, after Charles had killed those responsible and taken her back to his pack. I feel like that story is written somewhere, but I’m not sure where since this was book one. I don’t want to give any other details in this story away, to keep them all a surprise for the readers. Can’t wait to read what happens next. If you haven’t read this yet, and you love supernatural books with romance and other creatures from nightmares, you better get a copy!!
That being said, I did really enjoy getting to know Charles and Anna. Their dynamic was really interesting to me. Anna’s story is particularly heartbreaking but reading her come into her own and realize her own talents kept me going. I’m going to be honest, I wasn’t really interested in the mystery plot (which didn’t really develop until closer to the 60% mark) but I kept reading because the pack dynamics were interesting.
Another thing that I want to talk about is the use, or lack thereof, of Indigenous folklore. Cry Wolf builds a world with many creatures, not just werewolves, but the people of this world are incredibly diverse. The setting is in Montana, presumable on a Native reservation, or something resembling one. However, the book doesn’t really talk about the Native people that actually live there (Crow, Blackfeet, Northern Cheyenne to name a few). Instead, it uses Native exoticism to describe pretty much everything about the main character, Charles. At one point, I’m pretty sure Charles is singing something and Anna describes it as a “native song.” I just don’t understand why an author is so willing to use a Native character as a prop but do almost none of the legwork of talking or drawing from ACTUAL native cultures that exist in that area. At times, it can feel exploitative. Like, they are native but only allowed to exist in this vaguely native space instead of putting a name to it.
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And ao glad im re reading the Mercy world in chronological order... :)
Im guessing those that are reading the reviews already know of Mercy...
If not... i can recommend reading Alpha And Omega short story from On the Prowl anthology before... and rhen delve into the adventure that is Cry Wolf... and as the Aesop's Fable says it took 3 times for the punishment to come... here it took 3 attacks for Charles to travel to the snow covered wilderness to find the monster...
Add his new - previously traumatized- mate Anna and a witch and you have a story to keep you company for many hours... :)
If you like this continue to the next book Hunting Ground and dont forget to check Mercy.. start with Moon Called :)
Enjoy tge chemistry that these wolves have and fall in love ans in jealousy with their characters, reactions, and looks...
Im sure a lot of the ladies reading here will be looking for their own Charles... though he probably will not be a native American and definently not a werewolf (if you do meet a werewolf please let me know)
However, the way the story begins means that you feel like you're missing puzzle pieces and the entirety of the book made me feel then as if I were being rushed into something; the relationship, the plot - all of which felt murky, and alien.
What could have been is lost upon me because the story does indeed start somewhere else - and that requires further purchases. And this REALLY irks me. It made me feel like this is purely a money making racquet, and yes, while we all have to earn our bread and butter, I usually feel a touch of care for their readers. It's a returned relationship. This one I now feel cheapened by.
To be honest, I regard the purchase price as costly enough without further ones needed. I'd rather buy a Roberts, a Singh, a Feehan, or try something new.
Beyond that, because of my lack of... For a better word, connection, to the world and characters (it really wasn't the greatest way to create attachment to world and characters by MISSING THE BEGINNING) IT's hugely unlikely I'll further invest, in either the series of author. If this had been. A spinoff, there you have been be no issues. But no, this was the very beginning and I've lost any emotional connection I had, which is absolutely crucial for continuing the investment in terms of time and money.
After a Chicago pack reports abuse by their pack alpha Leo, Charles kills the wolf to protect female wolf Anna, who he then takes as mate.
But Anna is nervous, attracted to Charles but unsure of their mating.
So Bran suggests she accompanies Charles on a hunt, as she is Omega.
This book features Asil from one of the Mercy novels, who at this point is close to losing the will to live, witchcraft and Asil’s history.
I’m kind of hoping he mates Sage eventually.
Charles and Anna get to know each other, battle the witch and fight to save the pack.
But this book, more than many, gives insights into Bran, Asil and the importance of love, relations and bonds to the pack.
I absolutely wolfed it down. * Sorry, not sorry *
I am glad I followed the advice of several reviewers who recommended reading the prequel first (originally part of a multi-author anthology, but now available as a standalone Kindle book).
Highly recommended for any who enjoy the paranormal.
I came to this series before reading Mercy Thompson but I would suggest reading both as they complement each other.
Patricia Briggs weaves a wonderful story in a richly detailed world. Her characters are well made and not a single Mary Sue amongst them.
In this book we learn more about Charles and Anna as they begin to learn more about themselves.
What better way to start a relationship than treking through snow covered mountains to find one monster only to discover there are worse monsters waiting for them?