Friday, 25 May 2012

Fair Game - Book Review

Fair Game (Alpha & Omega #3)
by Patricia Briggs

What is it about:
They say 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.

Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can't afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father's dirty work is taking a toll on Charles.

Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston, when the FBI requests the pack's help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves-all of them were. Someone is targeting their kind. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer's sights...

What did I think of it:
I will confess I was a bit afraid to pick this book up.

I love Charles and Anna as a couple, but my experience is that when a couple is together authors tend to create drama in their stories by pushing the couple apart again.

As it turned out Briggs indeed went for this kind of drama, letting Charles push Anna away, but it turned out I shouldn't have doubted her:

The way Briggs wrote the rift between Charles and Anna was heartbreaking and emotional, but Briggs managed to never cross the line where I felt like all hope was lost. I kept rooting for both of them to find their way back to each other.

The action storyline was intense as well. There was lots of (subtle) scheming and bickering going on by all kinds of different agencies and other parties all while a killer is on the lose who has to be stopped.

The real action doesn't start until very late in the story, but don't think that means this is a dull story up until then. I was totally engrossed and couldn't put this book down until I finished it.

And the ending blew me away!

I have grumbled about endings that leave storylines wide open for the next book. This ending isn't like that in so much that it doesn't leave you feeling like you only got half a story, but it sure does leave you with consequences that will be felt for books to come.

Why should you read it:
Best werewolf series ever in my opinion

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Aurian said...

Lol, Brother Wolf would have taken matters in his own paw I guess, if Charles refused to listen to him. Anna is his mate too!
I loved this book a lot, and am really curious how the ending will affect Mercy's world. What will happen with Zee?

Melliane said...

Wow I really need to read this one. I still have the second one in my TBR pile. I'm glad the late action didn't bother you, it's sometimes a problem for me...

Sharon Stogner said...

I felt the same way about it. Loved it! It was the first Briggs book I have read too :)

Sullivan McPig said...

Thanks for your comments :-)
@Sharon: Briggs' UF books are awesome!