Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs
Published by Berkley on October 20, 2008
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In Cry Wolf, New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs started a new urban fantasy series set in the world of Mercy Thompson — but with rules of its own. Now, read "Alpha and Omega," the novella that inspired the new series, and see how it all began...
Anna Latham never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack... and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the Chicago pack, she's learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But when she discovers wrongdoing in her pack, she has to go above her Alpha's head to ask for help.
Charles Cornick is the son — and enforcer — of the leader of the North American werewolves. Now his father has sent him to Chicago to clean up a problem there. Charles never expected to find Anna, a rare Omega wolf — and he certainly never expected to recognize her as his mate...
This novella was originally published in the anthology, On the Prowl.
It’s been years since I’ve read any books in the Alpha & Omega series, to the point I’ve forgotten more than I remembered about it. I’ve scored an ARC of the latest book in the A&O series so thought it was time for a refresh. One thing I do remember is loving these books so it’s not a hardship to revisit some old friends. I started with Cry Wolf, and then quickly realized I needed to read Alpha & Omega to get the all-important beginning of Charles and Anna’s story.
Charles Cornick is the son of the Marock, the alpha of all the werewolves in North America. He’s also his father’s executioner. When there is a problem he is sent in to judge guilt or innocence and carry out the sentence. He does not have an easy job nor is it one he likes, but he’s very good at it. At first I wasn’t sure what to think about Charles as he’s very reserved and closed off. His alpha growliness and his complete loss as to how to deal with his very broken mate had him growing on me.
Sent in to figure out what the deal was with Anna’s pack, he never expected to find an abused Omega, and he sure never expected her to be his mate. What was even worse was the extent of the evil that had been allowed to run rampant through the pack. Charles had his work cut out for him to not only figure out who the guilty parties were but to get himself and his mate out alive once the shit hit the fan.
Anna was barely surviving the nightmare she found herself in. Changed against her will, she had no idea that she was actually a rarity for werewolves. As an Omega she should have been treated as a precious gift to her pack, but instead she was subjected to neglect, abuse, and torture. What I loved about Anna was that she learned how to act so the abuse would stop but she never lost her sense of self and never let them beat her completely.
A novella that was originally part of an anthology, Alpha & Omega was short, action packed, and full of information. It also comes to an abrupt end. For me this was more like a part one of a two part book so you are going to want to make sure you have Cry Wolf queued up to start immediately. I liked what I had seen so far with Anna and Charles but I wanted more.
Rating: 4 More More More Stars
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