Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha and Omega #1
Also in this series: Hunting Ground, Fair Game, Shifting Shadows, Dead Heat, Hunting Ground, Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega, #5; Mercy Thompson World - Complete, #15), Burn Bright
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: 2008
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy
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Now Briggs begins an extraordinary new series set in Mercy Thompson's world--but with rules of its own.
INTRODUCING THE ALPHA AND OMEGA NOVELS...
Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack...and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member--and as his mate.
Though this is labeled as the first book in the series, I would recommend reading the companion novella, Alpha and Omega, before starting this as it sets up the story/characters. You can download it here or here.
Anna has been brutalized by her pack for 3 years. Though she gains some confidence in this novel, I like that Briggs didn’t make her well overnight. It takes time to overcome something so traumatic. Her relationship with Charles is one that moves slow. Normally that’s something that would bother me, but Briggs does a good job of balancing the outside plot with the internal story, so the story wasn’t bogged down or slow. Because of Anna’s past, it makes sense that they would take things slow and have a lot to learn about each other. That Charles is a closed off person doesn’t help. He’s used to being alone and doesn’t know how to open up to Anna, even when he wants to.
The witch storyline was interesting, but I felt the final resolution was almost anti-climatic. I expected more bang. The cast of characters is interesting and I really like the world Briggs has built.
I’m hooked. Thank goodness she has a large backlist…
4.25 out of 5