Once I got my head around the back story and the characters I enjoyed this story however I kept feeling I wasn't reading the first book of a series. The accompanying novella should be shown as the first to stop the confusion.
If you have read the Mercy Thompson series, you will see characters you have met previously in Cry Wolf, and hear references to Mercy and Sam. I loved this. Charles Cornick takes Anna back to his pack where Bran, The Marrok and his father is the Alpha. We learn Asil the Moor’s background and the reasons he wants to be put down. Spending time with the Moor was fascinating.
The Characters: Anna has been a wolf for three years, but her background was abusive and she does not understand who she is or how a pack truly works. At first, you think she is weak, but Briggs’ allows us to see her grow and her strength emerges. Charles Cornick is the packs assassin. He seems standoffish, and does not necessarily have a way with words. Charles and his wolf, whom he refers to as Brother Wolf have chosen Anna as their mate. He is strong, noble and protective without being overly aggressive, which I found incredibly sexy. Asil has always been a character I found interesting and the banter between him and Charles had me giggling. Men and their posturing oh I loved it. We see many sides of Bran, including his darker hidden aspects. Interaction with the pack showed us many different personalities and I look forward to reading more.
The Plot: Briggs knows how to deliver action and she had me listening none stop. There is a lone wolf killing in the mountainous woods not far from the pack. Bran believes it may be another pack concerned about his threats of going public. He sends Charles to handle it and Anna accompanies him. The ground is covered in snow and they meet far more than a lone wolf. Soon Asil and Bran are involved. We see power struggles and the battles are intense. Many things are faced on the side of the mountain some are good, bad and heartbreaking.
Romance: The romance is sweet, and not without complications but we see growth and bonding. I so enjoyed this aspect and it endeared me to the main character. The bonding o
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this is one of THE BEST stories with a bit of romance thrown in. great story, great characters, lots of action...and you don't feel like its a sappy love story masquerading as a paranormal book. definitely a good read and I recommend it HIGHLY! IM GOING LOOKING FOR MORE AFTER THIS BOOK!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book..but did get a little annoyed with Anna in the begining.... She is very meek and its kinda sad...but about the middle as he really comes to life and the story ends with a smile! 2 thumbs up and a highly recommend! I am moving on to book 2 now! :)
I am a "Life is Awesome! Strive to be Worthy of it." student of life kind of guy. Feeding on Chaos and Empowering the Good. Group Hug!
You will get a lot more out of this book if you read the "Mercy Thompson" Series First!
I wish they would have used the same Narrator, a word or two is pronounced differently between the two readers and of course the characters that play in both books have a different voice. But besides that, it is pretty good. I think he does a perfect Charles voice, once you get over these slightly annoying differences it is a pretty good book.
I think this series is starting out a little better then the Mercy Thompson series. But I keep looking for an equal to the "Night Huntress World" series. If you find one let me know.
After this book I can say if you liked "Mercy Thompson" you will definitely like this book too.
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Patricia Briggs writes a great story and Holter Graham just adds to it. The inflection, the expression brings her stories alive.
There isn't just one. Both Anna and Charles. His patience and strength. Her own strength and spunk that she finds.
It's difficult to say a 'favorite scene' I found the story an emotional roller coaster. I find tears in my eyes and then I'd bark with laughter minutes later. Okay my favorite scene was when Anna reminded herself she didn't have to obey the witch and decked her.
As I said Briggs + Graham = Excellence. A great story can be lost with the wrong narrator. I think Holter Graham could make listening to the alphabet interesting. And I was reading Patricia Briggs books back when my eyes let me read. I'm looking forward to more.
yes.....Holter Graham is a marvellously talented reader who captures the variety of characters brilliantly.
there were so many; Interactions between Charles and Anna while they were in the snow hunting the rogue wolf incorporated the adventure and sexual tension.
he does so many of them well and they are so clearly defined but I loved Aziel the moor and Charles is so magical.
It captivated my imagination and I didn't want it to end.
it's my favorite of the three in the series and I love Charles and Anna even more than mercy and Adam I hope Patricia gives us many more.
I liked the book overall and I did feel like the story, while still in the Mercy Thompson world was good enough to warrant its own series. I didn't real the prequel to this book so for a while I was very confused as to what was going on. I think that it would have been better if I had read that first, or if the set up hadn't depended so heavily on the information given in the prequel. Once it started rolling and I caught up it was a good read. I was really unsure about the narrator choice however. I read A LOT of urban fantasy novels and I am used to a female narrator in this type of series. I think in the end that a male narrator was a good choice, but something that he did bothered me. His representation of Charles kept nagging at me as somehow wrong until I finally realized what the problem was. I found it to be a little racist. Charles is half native american, and the narrator's choice is to give him a very stereotypical Native america way of speaking that was a bit much for me. It didn't detract from the enjoyment of the story for me really, but it was always in the back of my mind. Though the same narrator does all three books that have come out, he doesn't do this stereotypical speech pattern in the second book, but then picks it up again in the third book. I recommend the book especially if you have read the Mercy series, but it would have been more enjoyable for me if the narrator had taken a different take on the character.