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5.0 out of 5 starsFighting for the future and being able to let go
Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2019
When your job is dealing harsh justice sometimes the ghosts of those killed don't let go. Using the guilt against the human form gets in the way of relationships. This book is so well written that you don't want the bad guys to win. Nobody is completely innocent yet plenty are more than guilty. It's hard because the werewolves can't safely mate yet the Fea mate with humans so they don't die out but this weakens the bloodline. When they start becoming serial killers there's only one answer and that's death. Our criminal system is when a death sentence is given, you can still die from old age before they ever see justice done. I wonder if we had a swift death if that would deter criminals? Knowing that a death sentence really means that you die immediately after it's given and not years and years later if we would have people who would think harder about killing others. Maybe this fictional writing should be an argument for it? Sorry but this is where my brain went reading this one. Nobody is exempt from killing because jurors are less likely to condemn a pretty woman than a man. Looks are deceiving. Just think about what hell Jodi Arias did and wonder why she's not dead or even on death row. If a man had done the horrific things she did, that's where he'd be.
I've loved all the A&O books, they just keep getting better. Briggs' use of custom, characterization and believability are used with such understanding in her world building. I would live there, raise my kids there and expect to flourish in their world, which is so attuned to ours. It is a sad observation that humans sometimes just won't get along and accept the differences between us. This is the crux that makes this series so fascinating. Anna and Charles struggle, like the rest of us with right, wrong and finding the balance of things that life requires. Characterization of groups are not tidy and like life, requires the reader to bring an open mind in order to assess what is really happening. Meeting new characters in this book; like agent Fisher and the Boston alpha Isaac, have me hoping they will be in future books as well. All in all, an excellent read, keeping me at night because I just had to know....
Wow! Fair Game? Yes please! I loved this book. I've just finished reading the Mercy Thompson series so I thought I would try the Alpha and Omega series. It's just as great if not a little better. (I will say I didnt care for Storm Cursed, 11th Mercy Thompson book though) I just finished reading this book today and omgosh yes! she did it again. I love love LOVE Anna and Charles! I love their relationship. It's a little rough but they are in it for each other. One thing I love about Patricias books is she never pins Anna and Charles or Mercy and Adam against each other. They are always in it together. Their love is strong and are always there for each other. I've never been into fantasy books, especially not werewolves and such but these are awesome books.
These books are spellbinding and impossible to put down. I gobble them up as fast as I am able. I am only sad, now seeing that I have only two books left until either it ends or the waiting game starts. Considering the fifth book was just released this month, most likely the waiting game.
In this book, Anna is concerned because Charles has been having to act as the Marrok’s sword, killing werewolves who are out of line. Since coming out to the humans, Bran is not giving the wolves second chances and some of the kills are weighing heavily on Charles, and Anna seems to be the only one who sees it. She is scared of the torment Charles is inflicting on himself and he is not letting her share in his burden.
They are sent to help the FBI on a serial killer case, where three werewolves were among the most recent victims, but the killings have spanned several decades. Bran hopes that by giving Charles a chance to solve this and be a hero that his weight may be lessened.
I don’t want to give away any details and that is enough about the story to get you going. If you want to read more, buy a copy! You won’t be disappointed!! Patricia Briggs stories are gold!!
5.0 out of 5 starsGratitude for the gifts of Wakening to our multidimenality
Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2019
This is such a pleasing gift of culmination and summation for many of Briggs best series. All of which have afforded me both entertainment. And multidimensional illumination for my personal soul journey as well as my expansion of body wisdom. And how to use my inner training to serve best the evolution of collective and global tolerance as good citizens of this era and dimensional knowledge and tech tools and art and abilities to survive our lessons regarding leadership, polarity, power brokerage and the terrifying responsibilities of love. My eternal forgetfulness.
5.0 out of 5 starsGood again. Better than the last. Spoilers
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 11, 2016
Better than the last one. I adore these characters and their relationship and that was all that kept me reading the last book but this one was great. A bit dark but a good thriller. I also liked the introduction of the new characters - Fisher and Goldstein, Isaac, and Beauclaire. I've also enjoyed how different the three books have been, story wise. The introduction story was about retribution for Anna's treatment, the first was about finding a witch, the second was a murderer within the wolves and this one was like a procedural cop show...! I just like that they're not all the same. Will read the final one now, assuming it's a different type of story again and with hopes of happy endings for everyone :/
5.0 out of 5 starsCrime, psychology, action, relationships - all here!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 16, 2012
I've enjoyed all the Alpha & Omega and Mercy Thompson books to date and this is a fine development of Patricia Briggs' themes. In a gripping, well-paced adventure the action takes place in a world in which fae and werewolves have gone public up to a point. This being a reflection of the "real"world, PR and managing the image the wolves present to the mundane population is hugely important. This has consequences for Charles Cornick and Anna, leading them neatly into the main story.
The "whodunnit" side of things is intriguing and suitably ugly. One of Ms Briggs' strengths is the way she brings all senses into play in describing scenes. I could feel my skin crawl as she described how the residue of black magic felt to the wolves, and my nose almost twitch at some of the descriptions of a "smellscape" at a crime scene.
Underneath the adventure layer is the continuing tension between Charles and Anna as they adjust to mate-hood and Anna develops both in confidence (with oh-so-many setbacks, poor thing!) and use of her Omega ability. This is no magic wand solving all situations, and it's a mark of the quality of the writing that Ms Briggs has thought about how the peace of the Omega could have different effects on the man/wolf aspects of those affected.
Overall, a really good read, rich in background but without sacrificing pace. And joy of joys, a great set-up for more books at the end! I am more than happy to wait for the next if it means it will be as good as this one.
5.0 out of 5 starsLoving this series more and more with each book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 15, 2012
I find that I'm actually enjoying the Alpha & Omega series more than the Mercy Thompson series, it may be because I like Charles more than Adam and Anna more than Mercy or it may be that the storylines seem to interest me more than those in the Mercy books. Although that's not to be read as me hating the Mercy books, just that I enjoy these ones even more.
The third and latest Alpha & Omega starts off with Anna having a stand off with Bran over Charles, Anna doesn't like him being used as the Marrok's assassin. When Bran realises that it is in fact what's bothering his son, he sends Anna and Charles to consult with the FBI on a case involving dead werewolves. What they find when they get there is that the murders go back to the 70s and most of the victims have been fae. They quickly realise that it's not a human serial killer if they've managed to take down several fae and also a few werewolves. They manage to save the latest victim but it brings the attention onto Anna who, having been a victim before, refuses to become one again.
I love how these books let us see more and more into Charles and Bran's heads, I love seeing Charles and Anna's relationship through his (and Brother Wolf's) eyes. And I think it says a lot about me that I love dominant Charles, he certainly managed to bring forth shivers when I read the scenes he's in.
I adore the writing style of Patricia Briggs and also her characters, she's had several books to work on the characters and I find myself loving them more with each book. And the ending of this book is fantastic! It brings forth a whole whack of possibilities and also leaves the series open for plenty more books.
Charles Cornick has been his father, the Marrok's hitman for over a hundred years. It's not a task he enjoys, but since his father is the head of all the werewolves in America, he knows it's necessary. Since the werewolves have come out to the public, however, he's been forced to kill more often and the strain is taking a supernatural toll. So when his wife, Anna, takes up his cause, the Marrok sets them a new task.
Three werewolves have been murdered in Boston, but they're just the latest in a long line of serial killings, going back decades. With Anna by his side, and a search for justice for his own kind for once, perhaps this time Charles might be able to put his ghosts to rest.
It's been a bit of a wait since the last Alpha and Omega novel (
), but this was definitely worth it. Several years have passed since Hunting Ground, putting this series on the same timeline as the Mercy Thompson books, which means Anna is quite a different character. No longer quite so fragile, she's plenty capable of facing down Bran, new alphas and government agents alike. It's just her husband she has problems with.
Because Charles is the one in trouble this time, racked with guilt and insecurities. Thankfully Brother Wolf is on hand to help out when things get too tortured. I love that wolf - he's predatory and pragmatic, with a wicked sense of humour. He and Anna make a brilliant team as they race to solve the dark crime that sent them to Boston.
Less romantic than the other books, this one definitely has more of a Mercy feel. It was great seeing more of Bran and Asil again, however briefly, and there's even a hint of Adam. The Boston Alpha, Isaac, threatened to steal the show at times (I'd love to see more of him), and Beauclaire was a fascinating fae, adding yet more depth to this incredible world. We even have a sprinkling of intriguing humans here for once, causing more secrets than usual to be shared.
I loved it, from start to finish, but now I desperately want more! A&O or Mercy, after an ending like this I don't mind which, I just want to know what happens next. In the meantime, Bambi pancakes anyone?
Fair Game is the third book in Patricia Briggs's Alpha and Omega series, which is a spin-off from her Mercy Thompson series. This means that there is some crossing over of characters, but the two series don't converge - they are very definitely separate stories.
I have been waiting for this book since I finished Hunting Ground. I cannot say that I am in any way disappointed. This book more than lived up to my expectations. Once I started reading I just could not put it down, and finished the book within hours of starting. I had to know what happened next.
One of the major plus signs, at least as far as I am concerned, with the Alpha and Omega series is that Charles and Anna are an established couple when we meet them - we don't get to watch them dance around each other, or see the moment when they first fell lin love. What we do get to see is them working out how to be a couple; how to be husband and wife. I really like that about this series, and Fair Game just adds to this dynamic.
Fair Game is set some time after the events of River Marked, when werewolves are well and truly out of the closet. I really liked that this book clearly illustrated the cost of this, it's kind of glossed over in the Mercy Thompson series. Anna is a brilliant character in this - she knows her own mind, and doesn't back down.
The plot of the book is pretty simple - hunt down the serial killer - but there are plenty of twists on the way. I didn't see any of them coming, and I really enjoyed that. Thinking back there were some hints, but I just didn't pick up on them until the reveal - which I think is a sign of brilliant writing.
If you like werewolves then this, and its companion, series is definitely one to give a go. The wolves have teeth in this, and have, I think, quite realistic wolf-ish behaviour. There is a definite sense that Briggs knows her wolves, and it shows. They and their pack dynamic feel real. I am really looking to the next book in both the Alpha and Omega series and the Mercy Thompson series.