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.
I really enjoyed this story. Patricia Briggs is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine. I didn’t know how I felt reading about the every elusive Marrok’s assassin but it was really quite enjoyable.
Charles is awesome and I love is Alphaness and how he doesn’t hide anything from anyone. He’s a straight shooter and you know what you’re getting with him because he has no shame in who he is. Then he met Anna and she changed all of that he wanted to be gentler and didn’t want her to see what kind of monster he is and I thought that was sweet and enduring.
Anna is strong and great. It was really great watching her inner struggle with trusting people after what she had been through. I enjoyed how back and forth she was with Charles because anyone who was in a situation as rough as hers wouldn’t know how to deal with the feelings she was experiencing. I though it was great and real and watching her come into her own was an amazing growth that I didn’t think I would see so soon in the series.
The Marrok will always be amazing. I loved getting to know him and his back story and where he came from and the things that he dealt with growing up.
The plot was great. I really enjoyed how all of this played out and was met with some surprises
About Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series, lives in Washington State with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses. She has written 17 novels to date. Briggs began her career writing traditional fantasy novels, the first of which was published by Ace Books in 1993, and shifted gears in 2006 to write urban fantasy. In Fall 2010, Patricia made another foray into traditional fantasy, when Ace published a revised version of her very first book, Masques (2010), and its never-before-published sequel, Wolfsbane (2010), both of which debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list for Mass Market Fiction.
In 2006, Ace Books published Moon Called, the first book in her #1 New York Times bestselling—and signature series—about Mercy Thompson. The non-stop adventure left readers wanting more and word of this exciting new urban fantasy series about a shape-shifting mechanic spread quickly. Blood Bound (2007), the second book in the series, debuted at #12 on the New York Times bestsellers list. After the incredible success of Iron Kissed (2008), which landed at #1 on the New York Times list, the Mercy Thompson saga continued to win the hearts of readers and grew in popularity with the release of each book. Bone Crossed (2009), the fourth book in the series and first to be published in hardcover, debuted at #3 on the New York Times Hardcover bestsellers list, where it stayed for four weeks. The most recent hardcover, Silver Borne (2010), debuted at #1 on the New York Times Hardcover bestsellers list and stayed on the printed list for a total of three weeks!
Briggs also writes the Alpha and Omega series, which are set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson novels. What began as the novella “Alpha and Omega” in an anthology called On the Prowl (2007), was then expanded into a full new series. The subsequent books were Cry Wolf (2008) and Hunting Ground (2009), both New York Times bestsellers. The third book of the Alpha and Omega series is Fair Game (2012) and debuted at #4 on the New York Times bestsellers list. For more information about Patricia Briggs and her marvelous novels, feel free to visit the author on the web at www.patriciabriggs.com.
A bond forged in blood. Fealty given to the one he desires above all others. Graced with the ability to shift into any form, Diskant Black is the absolute authority when it comes to New York shifters, and as the Omega of the city, his word is law. Protecting the shifter races is more than a job, it's a predisposition ingrained since birth-nothing is more important. Until a chance encounter with a tiny female sets fire to his blood, brings him to his knees and turns his world upside down. Ava Brisbane is more than he bargained for in a mate-beautiful, fragile...human. If he wants to keep her by his side, he'll have to sacrifice a portion of his soul to establish a bond that can never be broken. Unfortunately, the timing couldn't be worse. Shepherds-hunters of all the shifter races-have arrived in New York. To protect the woman he can't live without, Diskant will have to stand against those who have come to start a war.
This book starts with Ava Brisbane working at a bar that caters to the shifters in Manhattan, NY. After work one day, she was attacked by vampires, and Omega shifter Diskant Black comes to her rescue. Something about her scent soothes all his were forms and they recognize her as their mate but she disappears from them. Once they find the reluctant Ava, Diskant sets off to convince her that they belong together. As they get to know each other, it is revealed that Ava is connected to a religious group named the Shepherds, who are sworn to rid the world of shifters because they consider them an abomination.
Clearly this couple has great chemistry, but the sex was excessive. It was so much that I was getting annoyed. There is a really interesting story and creative world, but it’s getting lost by the constant sex scenes. I enjoyed the writing but I am familiar with this author as I have read other series by her. So I suspected that I would like this one. I appreciate the fact that this series is different from Rhiannon’s Law and the Desire of the Otherworld series.
The characters were also entertaining as Diskant displayed usual shifter possessiveness, without being overbearing. He was also a playful shifter which gave Ava room to be witty with him. Ava’s independence will serve her as I know her brother will be a force in the next book. She has proven that she is no wilting flower, so she will be a good partner to Diskant as the Shepherds continue with their agenda.
I want to read book 2 but I really hope there is more story and less claiming.