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Wild Sign (Alpha and Omega Book 6) Kindle Edition
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In the wilds of the Northern California mountains, all the inhabitants of a small town have gone missing. It's as if the people picked up and left their possessions behind. With a mystery on their hands and no jurisdiction on private property, the FBI dumps the whole problem in the lap of the land owner, Aspen Creek, Inc.--aka the business organization of the Marrok's pack.
Somehow, the pack of the Wolf Who Rules is connected to a group of vanished people. Werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham are tasked with investigating, and soon find that a deserted town is the least of the challenges they face.
Death sings in the forest, and when it calls, Charles and Anna must answer. Something has awakened in the heart of the California mountains, something old and dangerous--and it has met werewolves before.
“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 : B08BKSQF78
- Publisher : Ace (March 16, 2021)
- Publication date : March 16, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2388 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 364 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,450 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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After the last so-so Mercy installment, I was looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, like the last Mercy story, this book felt forced. There were two issues for me: (1) the author has already explored the plotline of the evil rapist demigod in different iterations in other books in this world, and (2) there were lots of plot tangents, especially in the beginning, that didn't seem to go anywhere or add to my overall understanding of the characters or their world.
One of the things I've liked a lot about this world is the creepy/scary vibe that never goes too far into dark horror/keep-me-up-at-night territory. But in this book, I just got a sense of redux with other villains -- the quest into the woods was similar to their fight against Asil's witch in #2, the creepy god was similar to the river demon Mercy fought in River Marked & the rapist theme has come up with the changeling in Silver Borne (I think that was the one) and Fair Game.
Yes, this does tie up some loose ends with Leah's backstory/injured wolf who's with Mercy now + ends with an exciting tease for the next book. BUT, with two meh books in a row, I'm starting to think it's time for me to quit this series. I won't be pre-ordering the next book.
But the thing is I can't hug my son, cry on my fiancé, or bug my therapist, because it's 6am. This book came out at midnight, and I read the entire thing. Could not put it down. It was that good.
I've been a huge fan of the Mercy and Alpha & Omega books for over five years, and this latest installment didn't disappoint. Another page turner, full of myths, lore, romance, music, and revenge. Like I said, I wish I'd known what I was walking into- but if you're current on the Mercy books, you know that Patricia Briggs can handle these subjects without being too graphic. I loved this book, and will read it again.
In Cry Wolf it is stated
"It had taken him a few years after Blue Jay Woman's death to find Leah, a woman so selfish and stupid he was certain he could never really love her".
Yet in Wild Sign Bran says:
"I wasn't actually out looking for a mate when I left you with your grandfather"; "I bound her wolf to mine by force"
So which is it?
Cry Wolf leads the reader to believe Bran had deliberately sought out another mate who was the antithesis of Blue Jay Woman.
Wild Sign would have the reader accept that Bran only took Leah as mate due to extenuating circumstances.
I don't object to Bran and Leah finding a closer relationship, in fact I would applaud that story line. There were already hints of that in Burn Bright.
However, it's disrespectful to the reader, if not downright lazy, to ignore the premise that has already been established in order to take the story in a new direction.
I have been on a journey with Anna and Charles for almost a decade, and I don't see myself leaving them anytime soon. Wild Sign is another amazing addition to the Alpha & Omega series, I honestly just can't get enough of the complex and intriguing characters in the Marrok's pack. I especially love the bond Anna has with everyone, she is a very important pack member and has made life easier for many wolves. Her bond with Charles is beautiful and I love seeing the developments in their relationship. Anna has grown so much, she turned from a meek scared woman into a strong and fearless warrior. Wild Sign is one of my favorite reads of the year, and I hope I'll be adding books from this series to that list for a very long time.
"But she wasn’t that woman anymore. It was Charles, with his darkness, his violence and contrasting gentleness, who she wanted to take to her bed, to share her life with."
In Wild Sign Anna, Charles and Tag are assigned to figure out what happened to a group of people who had been living off the grid but disappeared into thin air. This book was very mysterious and I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what happened to these people. The atmosphere the author creates always gets me in the mood and keeps me intrigued until the end. It gets very dark sometimes, but there are also lots of sweet and fun moments. Wild Sign had the perfect balance of mystery, action, romance and humor. I loved that we were able to get to know a couple of characters better in this book, I especially was intrigued about Bran's mate Leah's backstory. I always hate getting to the end because I know I'll have to wait a couple of years for the next book. The ending has me very anxious to get my hands on book #7. I'll just have to reread this series until then.
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I love Patricia Briggs writing and have done so since I read her first Mercy Thompson book, which I bought in an actual bookshop rather than clicking a button. We have a long history together, filled with adventures, love, friendship, beauty and pain and though I’m never truly disappointed, some books are better than others. It’s the nature of the relationship between the author and the reader. The book is the place where life experiences and dreams of the author and reader meet together and sometimes they mesh into something perfect, but at other times they rub each other the wrong way a little. This book, for me, was of the perfect variety.
Charles and Anna have been sent to look into a missing town. This time they have Tag with them too, which gives an added dimension to their adventures. It’s no hardship for me because Tag is an awesome character that I love reading about. In this book we actually get to understand him a little better as we live inside his head a little bit. Tag is chosen because magic behave strangely around him and Bran knows magic is probably involved.
The place they are going to, Wild Sign, is on some land that Bran bought Leah, it’s the land where he met and made her a wolf and his mate. In this book we finally hear the story of how that came to be and it’s worth the wait. Leah is actually pretty integral to this story and we learn so much about her, who she was and how she has come to be the way she is. She’s an even more interesting character than I ever suspected, than I expect anyone suspected.
This story has white witches, black witches, potential gods and Coyote thrown in for good measure. I loved every page and couldn’t stop reading until the last paragraph. It was gripping as always. The characters and incredibly detailed, which is to be expected when the author has spent so many years honing them. The world building is rock solid, again which is to be expected after so many years. The plot was amazingly captivating. It wove so many interesting strands together to create a dazzling cloth that I couldn’t look away from.
If you haven’t read this series and you want to see an example of a really great urban fantasy writer at the peak of her craft, this series is a great one to choose. It’s also a great example of a MFC who is strong physically and emotionally and knows when to bend in order to not break. Anna is one of the strongest MFC I’ve come across and she isn’t foremost a fighter. She is a listener, a nurturer and a friend. She gets the answers she needs by being interested and kind and unravelling difficult subjects with delicacy. She relies on her husband for his strength of arms, but also the strength of his love for her. She feels certain and solid because she is sure of her place at the centre Charles’ world. She is a very unusual hero and I love her because of it.
This book made my Sunday disappear in a puff of smoke. It’s why I waited so long to read it, because I knew I wouldn’t be able to draw out the process. I knew it would be over the same day I started it. It’s also why I did the re-read. Now I just have to wait for a while for another book <sob>
There is so much that happens in this book told mostly from the perspective of Anna & Charles but for me this book finally made Leah into a real character instead of the cardboard cut out she seemed to be before.
I don't want to post spoilers but by the end of this book we have so many new places the Marrocks pack can now go & I'm really looking forward to seeing where Patricia Briggs takes us next.
I just hope the wait is not so long & I really want to know the name of the newest addition to the Cormick clan.
The story also gave me hope we might see Mercy & the rest of her pack again in the future.
I loved it. Great story and we met the real Leah for the first time and boy did it explain her issues. I can’t say she will ever be my favourite character but we were left understanding her so much better. It’s possibly opened up a whole new avenue to explore.
Charles and Anna continue to grow but I still feel that something is... not missing but maybe not cemented in their mating bond. Maybe it’s will settle, with that cliffhanger of an ending.
No spoilers.... but oooh lordie.