Alpha & Omega by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #0.5
Also in this series: Burn Bright, Burn Bright, Alpha & Omega, Cry Wolf, Burn Bright, Dead Heat, Hunting Ground, Fair Game, Wild Sign
Publication Date: October 20th 2008
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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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.
So this was the introduction chapter into the Alpha & Omega series that I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about. I picked this book up because I started the Five Books Everyone Should Read challenge and this book was on Kaetrin’s list. This was actually my first book for the Five Books Everyone Should Read Challenge and I really, really enjoyed it.
So I guess I owe Kaetrin a big ol’ THANK YOU because right after I finished this book, I had to start Cry Wolf…and I’m not even a little mad about it. It’s been a while since I’ve let myself become immersed into a paranormal world or as this series would actually be catogorized as Urban Fantasy but whatever genre this one is, it’s been a while for me…but I really loved the world that Briggs has created for this series. It’s interesting and three dimensional.
Charles came onto the picture all hot to trot and Anna felt so small that I’m really looking forward to seeing their relationship and Anna grow.
One thing that impressed me with this short story was the punch that Briggs packed in such a short amount of page space. Reading this book didn’t feel like a short story and while it didn’t feel like a complete story either, I thought it was the perfect set up to the rest of the series. We got the cobwebs out as to who is who, we got the set up for Book 1 perfectly and the intrigue for the rest of the world was there as well.
In the short amount of time that it took me to read this book, I loved and I hated and when I closed the book in the end, I looked forward.
Kudos to Briggs on this one. It rocked my socks!
Grade: 4.5 out of 5
I don’t even know how many times I’ve reread this series. All I have to do is read a post about it, and it triggers an urge to reread LOL. Cry Wolf is fantastic and as the series goes on, Anna just continues to develop and becomes more confident in her abilities and her relationship. I just wish Patricia Briggs wrote faster!
I’m with jenm in that I can’t tell you how many times I’ve re-read this novella and the following books. It’s a wonderful series, and I’m a tad envious that you’re experiencing it for the first time.