They say opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son-and enforcer-of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant alpha. While Anna, an omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind.
Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can’t afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father’s dirty work is taking a toll on Charles.
Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston, when the FBI requests the pack’s help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves-all of them were. Someone is targeting their kind. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer’s sights…
If I were stranded on a desert island and could only have one UF title delivered to me this year this one would be it! I love Patricia Briggs, I love the world she creates both with this series and the Mercy Thompson series and in case I haven’t mentioned it I loved this book! Ok enough with the gushing now and on with the reviewing by the way this was areally good book in case I haven’t mentioned it…ok now I’m really done.
If you haven’t read the other books in the series you could read this as a stand alone it is at the core a supernatural mystery but you will enjoy it far better with some backstory. Charles is the enforcer for the Marrok, the head of all North American werewolves and he is the one who enforces discipline and discipline in their world is not a slap on the wrist. Anna is an Omega wolf, a rare type of wolf she can both calm other wolves and is outside of the pack hierarchy. Anna notices that Charles is not handling his job well and brings it to the Marrok.
If you have read the previous books then you will enjoy Anna who started out as a very beaten down abused wolf become someone who takes on Bran. She in her way manipulates Bran into helping her husband and saving him from the ghosts haunting him. Bran sends Anna to consult with the FBI on a serial killer case where the killers have been targeting werewolf and Fae victims.
No one does a better job of building on their world with each book than Patricia Briggs, each book adds another layer of richness and even more depth to characters we know and love. Her characters are dark, Bran Charles and the Fae are all dangerous predators and not always in control of their darker sides. The crimes are brutal and the bad guys are crazy zealots. Despite all of this her main characters all have redeeming qualities that make you cheer them on and hope they find their happy ending. Anna and Charles have their issues and manage to work them out by the end of the book.
The ending…WOW! The ending was definitely a surprise, but still very good. It sets up the next book in the series nicely without leaving a cliffhanger. Other authors could take a lesson from this, how to end a book while leaving the reader wanting more but not wanting to strangle the author because of a cliffhanger…gods save me from cliffhangers. The only bad thing to say about this book is that it will be 2 years before there is another one.
5 stars!!!! Go get this book now!!!!
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