Alpha and Omega Series

Wild Sign

Wild Sign (Alpha and Omega #6)

By: Patricia Briggs


In the wilds of the Northern California mountains, all the inhabitants of a small town have gone missing. It’s as if the people picked up and left everything they owned behind. Fearing something supernatural might be going on, the FBI taps a source they’ve consulted in the past: the werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham. But Charles and Anna soon find a deserted town is the least of the mysteries they face.

Death sings in the forest, and when it calls, Charles and Anna must answer. Something has awakened in the heart of the California mountains, something old and dangerous — and it has met werewolves before.


At book six in the Alpha and Omega series, we know the characters pretty well. And that’s kind of the problem with Wild Sign. I liked the story, but it conflicts with information learned in previous books in the series as well as in the Mercy Thompson series.

The government approaches Anna and Charlies to aid in the locating of a small commune that has disappeared. Since it’s on pack land, they agree to help and sidestep the request to join an alliance. The idea of an alliance is cool, and much like in Fair Game with its whole legal side of the story, nothing comes of that. The characters and what they do are the focus and not what’s going on in the world. This is perfectly okay, but I wish the characters had a larger role in the big issues.

Anyway, we end up finding a lot out about Lead, the Marroks wife. Her character in this Wild Sign doesn’t mesh with how she’s acted before. Neither does how the Marrok seems to feel about her. I went back and re-read Cry Wolf, and those changes really stand out. Leah is a bitch. She’s mean and openly hates everyone. We find out why she’s angry and filled with hate, but I didn’t feel like it explained all she’d done in the past. She’s described as a genuinely horrible person in other books. She’s tried to kill Mercy, and she’s said awful things to Anna. We’re supposed to believe it’s all because of memories she didn’t have until this book and because Bran doesn’t love her. Yet she’s also this super strong person that doesn’t care about anyone. It’s a bit of a stretch for me.

Wild Sign makes you question everything you’ve ever thought about Leah and her relationship with Bran. Revelations are made about how they became a couple, and it makes her even more sympathetic. Honestly, Bran does not come off well in this story. I hope there is some character repair in future books because my opinion of him has dropped.

All that being said, I enjoyed Wild Sign, which was a relief because I wasn’t a fan of the previous Patricia Briggs book. I prefer the Mercy Thompson series, and I wish the Alpha and Omega series tackled bigger world issues, but the characters are still entertaining and the stories fun.


Burn Bright

Burn Bright (Alpha and Omega 5) By: Patricia Briggs


They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok’s pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.

With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf–but can’t stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills–his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker–to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn…


Like all Patricia Briggs books I put off reading this as long as I could because I wanted it to last. Unfortunately, for the first time from her, I was disappointed.

When last we left Charles and Anna they were thinking about expanding their family, it wasn’t even brought up once in this book. It starts off with Anna feeling slightly dissatisfied with her life, since she became a werewolf nothing that she’d planned turned out how she wanted. I was hoping for some movement there but the book ended without really addressing it. Basically, she realized that she was going to live a long life so there was plenty of time to get around to doing what she wanted. Which is kind of stupid because the rest of the book was spent with Charles protecting her or almost dying.

Charles is really starting to annoy me, he’s forever thinking about how awesome his mate is, how strong and capable, and then he protects her from everything. I understand he’s an alpha werewolf and protects, but it’s just become too much for me.

I did enjoy getting to see more of the workings of Aspen Creek, but even that was a bit disappointing. A character that had been introduced in previous books ended up being a traitor and a new evil was presented but it was all a bit sloppy.

Burn Bright ended up dragging a fair amount for me. There was lots of talking and walking and buildup and while the last fight and revelation were good I was disappointed in the book as a whole.

Obviously, I’m still going to buy Patricia Briggs books day one, but I’m kind of concerned about the future for both of the series.


Dead Heat (Alpha and Omega #4) By: Patricia Briggs


Dead Heat (Alpha and Omega #4) By: Patricia Briggs


For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way… Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.


I’m sorry, I’m going to try really hard not to just squee like a fan girl, but it will be very difficult because I love Patricia Briggs. She has never let me down and always given me an amazing story with strong (but not too strong) characters.

Dead Heat picks up a while after Fair Game ended, I’m not sure exactly how long. Fair Game ended on such an epic note that I’m actually kind of glad it took a while for the next book to come out, because it gave me time to simmer down. Dead Heat was not quiet on the same scale, but it did involve the FBI and Cantrip agents.

I liked the fact that the Cantrip agents weren’t evil and stupid like they were in Fair Game. I think if they had been the book would have been too dark.

I was concerned, at first, that uber dark was the direction she was going. The series has never been light by any means, but it has never been dark to the point of depression. The story involved the Fae attacking children, which is difficult for me to read, but because other parts weren’t as evil it wasn’t overwhelming.

I did think there was a bit more info than I really needed to know about horses, but not to the point where it will lower my review. Since Briggs is a horse lover it’s understandable that she included the info and since the characters were horse breeders/trainers/etc it wasn’t out of place.

Dead Heat expanded the world and let you know that there was a war going on against the Fae. It also moved the relationship between Anna and Charles further. They’ve been married for about three years and Anna’s biological clock is ticking, Charles being older is more damaged and not sure if kids is a good thing. By the end of the book they had reached a resolution.

I loved this book and I might actually like the Alpha and Omega series more than the Mercy series. They’re both awesome but the relationship between Charles and Anna gives their series an added push.

Now I must wait forever for the next book.


Alpha and Omega Series By Patricia Briggs


Alpha and Omega Series By Patricia Briggs


On The Prowl

Cry Wolf

Hunting Ground

Fair Game


I recently reread the entire Alpha and Omega series and thought I’d do a review of the series so far. Since I’ve already read the books a few times I decided not to write a post for each book.

On the Prowl is just a short little novella but it does a good job of introducing the characters. I wasn’t as impressed by Cry Wolf, but Hunting Ground was good. What makes me unsure whether or not I love this series more than the Mercy Thompson series is the last book, Fair Game.

Holy cow when I finished Fair Game my first thought was this shit is getting good. With that ending her world was going to get a lot more violent and political. I’m really excited for the next book in this series.

The Mercy Thompson series is focused on one wolf pack but this series is about a couple that are part of the Merrick’s pack. The Merrick is the leader of all the North American wolves so there’s bigger things going on in this series than the other.

My only complaint is that we don’t get a book every year like with the Mercy Thompson series.

Oh well, that’s life.

Overall I would say this series is a 4 star series. I love it and it would be a 5 star but Cry Wolf just doesn’t do much for me. Lots of character building so I don’t recommend skipping it though.