Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Book Review: Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega #2)


Anna Latham didn’t know how complicated life could be until she became a werewolf. And until she was mated to Charles Cornick, the son — and enforcer — of Bran, the leader of the North American werewolves, she didn’t know how dangerous it could be either...

Anna and Charles have just been enlisted to attend a summit to present Bran’s controversial proposition: that the wolves should finally reveal themselves to humans. But the most feared Alpha in Europe is dead set against the plan — and it seems like someone else might be too. When Anna is attacked by vampires using pack magic, the kind of power only werewolves should be able to draw on, Charles and Anna must combine their talents to hunt down whoever is behind it all — or risk losing everything...


My Review: 
The European Wolves are coming to Seattle for a summit and on the agenda is Bran's plan to out the werewolves to the general population, which some are deeply opposed to. Charles doesn't think it is safe for Bran to go and agrees he will take Anna. However tensions are high with the impartial judge being an ex lover of Charles, a psycho French wolf at the summit is rumoured to be killing humans and a group of vampires attacking Anna using Pack magic. Who is behind the attacks and why?

The book gets off to a slow start again and focuses on the shaky relationship between Anna and Charles. I find them both interesting as characters but I do want to just skip this angst and have them as a functioning couple. It does get boring to hear for the hundredth time how off balance Charles feels or how inadequate Anna feels. Do we need more awkward misunderstandings? Just get on with it already! It is for this repetitive reason that again I have to knock a star off the rating for the book. Both in the series so far have been slow starting and repetitive on the angst. I get that it's important to show the difficulties of them adjusting to be a couple and it is interesting but I just want them to get past it. However, both are excellent reads when the real story gets going!

We meet a few interesting new characters in Angus, the hosting Pack leader, his second Tom and Tom's girlfriend Moira who is a blind witch. (You can read how Tom met Moira in the Shifting Shadows anthology). There is also the eccentric British wolf Arthur who claims to be King Arthur with the real Excalibur, and his human mate Sunny, who is lovely. The impartial judge for the events is Dana who is fae and there is Jean the mad wolf. Anna also gets the chance to meet a fellow Omega wolf who is just as confused about it all as she is. I found the range of characters interesting and I liked their various interactions. I hope we see more of Angus and his Pack in later books especially Tom and Moira.

I also liked the plot. When I heard 'summit' I thought of boring lectures on werewolf politics but that doesn't happen. We do hear relevant bits of info from the summit but it is mostly about the characters and their behaviour rather than in depth politics so I was pleased by how that is written. Anna doesn't actually see much of the summit as her nervous attendance there unsettles and distracts the others so she is banished to go shopping with Tom and Moira! However it is on one of her shopping trips that the three of them are attacked by a group of vampires who seem to be using some kind of Pack magic in trying to kidnap her. It is an incident that sends Charles into a rage. Anna just wants to get through the rest of the summit alive and get home to Montana.

However next up is the major event of the summit which is the hunt. Everyone in wolf form races each other through a game zone to find the treasure bagsand it gets very competitive and dangerous. During the hunt, a murdered body is found, a fight breaks out and Charles ends up facing some serious charges that could cost him his life. I loved the hunt. It was exciting and deadly and the way things played out in the aftermath were very dramatic and tense. This was where Ms Briggs really shows her writing skills and Anna steps up to the mark and finds her strength. The whole second half of the book features some really good twists and action.

Can I just say again how wonderful Brother Wolf is? I love that when Charles retreats into himself, we get the separate and calming personality of Brother Wolf taking over.
Read December 2016.
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2 comments:

  1. I remember reading the first one of this series and will have to do a reread before I continue on because it's been that long ago. I do recall Brother Wolf though and we all could use a calming personality like that huh?

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    1. Brother Wolf is nicer than any guy I dated! Mind you, that's not saying much! It's a long wait for the release of book five though which is frustrating.

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