#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs' third Alpha and Omega novel brings werewolves out of the darkness and into a society where fear and prejudice could turn the hunters into the prey…
It is said that opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son—and enforcer—of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant Alpha. While Anna, an Omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind.
When the FBI requests the pack’s help on a local serial-killer case, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston to join the investigation. It soon becomes clear that someone is targeting the preternatural. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer’s sights...
Briggs's third installation in the Alpha and Omega series (after Hunting Ground) suffuses a paranormal procedural with political conflict and relationship issues between dominant Alpha werewolf Charles Cornick and his Omega mate Anna Latham. Now that werewolves have come out to humans, Charles must act as his father's enforcer and assassin to eliminate members of the pack that stir up bad publicity. However, Charles complies not for a love of the hunt, but rather to please his father, Bran. To give Charles a break from the constant killing, Bran sends his son and Anna to Boston to help the FBI on a decades-long paranormal serial murder investigation that soon involves black magic and the fae. Briggs enhances the excitement of the case by integrating it with Anna and Charles's relationship, the dialogue between Charles the man and his Brother Wolf, how both are affected by his hunting, and Anna's determination to help her mate. Though this thrilling page-turner occasionally suffers from Briggs's heavy-handed politics, fans of the series and newcomers alike will still find plenty of excitement to keep them happily engaged.
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The third Alpha and Omega novel has a suspenseful story at its core, but Briggs also provides quieter moments so her characters can breathe. After having to kill several werewolves, Charles is beginning to crumble mentally; he's seeing ghosts and starting to give in to his bloodthirsty instincts. So he and Anna are sent to Boston on a special mission -- assist the FBI on a serial-killer case that has lasted decades. The killer initially had a straightforward pattern (Asian teenagers), but began including werewolves and fae. Each one was carved with witch symbols, raped, and finally murdered. Now the human daughter of a high-ranking fae has been kidnapped, and the FBI/werewolf team has only hours to find her. But the case becomes particularly strange when they discover that a long-dead witch and a bizarre kind of fae may be involved in it. And unless they figure out who the killers are fast, Anna will be their next target. As with the two prior books in this series, the characterization and story world are amazing. The story is dangerous and exciting to read. I particularly enjoy the completeness of the story. This series fills in some background holes in the Mercy Thompson series...world events that impacted that series but were not explained in detail. In this story...the retreat of the Fae to reservations is explained. As with the other stories in this series, the love relationship between Anna and her Charles provides the heart of the story. It's extremely well done, and is a series that definitely should not be missed! "Fair Game" tries to tackle a lot of heavy topics -- prejudice, the cost of killing, and the way normal humans would see the "monsters."
Love all of Patricia Briggs books, but I especially like this series as well as all of Mercy's books. Get read just remember to read the other books in the series first... That way you will enjoy it better!! :)
The Rabbit Gets Some Teeth
If you've been reading the Alpha & Omega stories from the beginning, you'll get the joke, if not, you should start at the beginning.
It’s been not quite two years since Charles and Anna were married, and their wolves mated. It's also been about a year and and a half since the werewolves “outed” themselves, the Fae have been out for about 20 years. Now that the world knows about werewolves, some of the rules have changed.
Where as before if a young wolf briefly lost control, or had an accident they would be punished, but generally given a chance to get it together before they were killed. Now however there were no second chances, and Charles was busy as his Father’s enforcer.
This was starting to wear on him and affect him badly - he began to feel that he was no longer his father’s arm of justice, he was simply his father’s killer, and the ghosts of those he’d killed had begun to follow him and feed on his guilt. Anna notices that Charles is having trouble and tries to talk to Bran about it, which turns into and interesting “fight” - no violence, but boy it rather annoys Bran, that Anna is able to stand up to him - no one has been able to do that for many, many years (and Bran is very, very old, over 1,200 years…)
To help give Charles a break and to get Anna out of his hair, Bran sends them to Boston, to help the FBI with a serial killer investigation. He would normally send Adam - Alpha of the Tri-Cities pack, but his mate Mercy - yes that Mercy - is recovering from injuries and he can’t make it.
The werewolves are getting involved, because the last three victims of the serial killer were werewolves, and the killings seem to have an occult feel to them. Once there, they realize that quite a few of the serial killer’s victims have been fae, rather than human. It seems that someone is targeting the preternatural.
Charles and Anna, with the help of the FBI and the father of the latest victim, a very powerful fae, rescue her from the clutches of the serial killer. In the process though Anna becomes a target, and Charles sinks farther into his funk.
When Anna is taken by the killer, the FBI, the father and an old wish help Charles find Anna, and rescue her. Although she may not have needed rescuing, after all - or at least she was more trouble than the killer thought - Omega does not mean weak, or submissive after all.
After the rescue, the story isn't over yet, and the ending is rather surprising, and will make for some interesting stories in both this series and the Mercy series in the years to come. Maybe the natural and preternatural worlds can’t live together after all, but will it be them or us?