Series: Alpha & Omega #1
Author: Patricia Briggs
Pages: 359 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Ace Books
Release Date: July 29, 2008
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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. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer—and son—of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life.
Charles insists that not only is Anna his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. And it is Anna's inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf—a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all of the pack.
After not enjoying the first two Mercedes Thompson novels, I was hesitant to start this companion series. However, I really enjoyed Cry Wolf! Anna has only been a werewolf for three years, and much of that was spent abused by her pack. Thankfully, she was rescued by Charles and taken back to Montana to join his pack. It’s not exactly a warm welcome, and not just because of the snow. There’s a rogue wolf killing people, and it’s up to Charles to hunt it down and take it out. Easier said than done, since something more powerful is controlling the wolf.
The edition of Cry Wolf I read contained the prequel Alpha & Omega, so I’ll start with that. It was a great introductory short! Not only did it introduce us to Anna, Charles, and werewolf society in general, it also had its own engaging plot. Anna’s pack in Chicago is awful, and something strange is going on within it. They were forcibly changing young men into wolves, many who then had to be killed for not making the transition well. Charles was sent to investigate and what he found was really interesting. I was never bored with this novella. It explained the world much better than I expected from my previous experience with this author. I was very pleasantly surprised and was eager to continue on.
Cry Wolf also held my attention from beginning to end. It starts immediately where Alpha & Omega ended, but you could easily skip the prequel and still know what was going on. There are a few additional POVs to Anna and Charles, but it doesn’t get confusing, and each character does add to the overall story. There’s Walter, the Vietnam veteran who lives in the forest. Asil who might be one of the oldest wolves on the planet. Bran, who is the ruler of all of the North American wolves, and is Charles’ father. Then there’s Mariposa, a witch who’s causing trouble for the wolves. They all work together really well and kept me flipping pages.
I just really enjoyed Cry Wolf. I loved how the witches mixed into the werewolf mythology and world. I also really liked Anna and Charles as a couple. I’m looking forward to seeing their relationship grow and what this dangerous world has in store for them and the pack.