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La Ciudad Esmeralda (Alpha & Omega #2)

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Anna Latham no sabía lo complicada que podía llegar a ser la vida hasta que se convirtió en una mujer lobo. Y hasta casarse con Charles Cornick, el hijo –y ejecutor– de Bran, el líder de los hombres lobo de Norte América, no sabía que podía llegar a ser tan peligrosa…

Anna y Charles deben asistir a una importante reunión para presentar la polémica propuesta de Bran: hacer p
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 2nd 2010 by Versatil Ediciones (first published August 25th 2009)
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Every once in a while, it feels so good to jump out of the romance genre and jump back into some Urban Fantasy/PNR. Patricia Briggs is one of my go to authors when it comes to these types of books. After listening to the first book in this series (Cry Wolf), I decided to do book 2 in audio as well. I’m happy I did. It was fast listening and the narrator did a great job voicing Anna and Charles.

Hunting Ground takes place in Seattle. If you’ve read the Mercy Thompson series, you remember that bo
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Boring Outdated UF is Boring and Outdated Buddy Read (BOUFiBaOBR™) with Ashley and Angela

Actual rating: 2.2 stars. Damn, I can be so generous sometimes, it's making me all teary-eyed and stuff.

This is such a delightful little series. I loved book 1 so much that I just could NOT wait to read this instalment. And if someone tells you that this is total BS, that I hated book 1 and swore a blood oath to stay the fish away from this series for the rest of the entirety of my entire life, well that
Aug 09, 2009 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr, favorites
First I'd like to comment that the description on Goodreads is not a good description of the contents of the book (you'll see what I mean after you've read it) and does not match the description on the book jacket, which is a much better summary:
“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.
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3 Omega stars

“She was his and he hers.”

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“Women are the bloodthirsty sex. We get the reputation, but it is only because the women stand behind us, and say, 'Kill it. Squish it.”

One month after they are mated and married, werewolves Anna and Charles must travel to Seattle to oversee a conference where the wolves discuss the issue of becoming open to the public. While they are there, hired vampire assassins begin attacking the Omega's, human and wolf.

This one took me a while to get throug
Alex is The Romance Fox
Hunting Ground continues with Charles and Anna, newly mated and working on their relationship.
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They are sent by the Marok to attend a meeting in Seattle with werewolves around the world. Bran, the Marok and Charles father has decided to publicly announce to the world the existence of wolves. The gathering is to discuss the idea and persuade the packs that this is a good idea.

I love seeing this mystical and magical world that the author has created evolving with the introduction of new and inte
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I am glad I took my time reading this. I think there are so many levels to this novel that I could miss if I breezed through. I like how simple Briggs writes. Not a lot of nonsense, extraneous prose that bogs down the story. Despite her concise narrative, she conveys so much, filling the novel with an emotional power. Her characters have a distinct feel to them from other writers. I like that she puts their flaws out there unashamedly, and it makes you love the characters even more.

I will freel
Feb 01, 2015 Choko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** 4.25 ***

Read with the MacHalo Freaks buddies!

The best book of the Mercy Thompson series yet. We are back with Charles and Anna, newly matted and trying to learn each other's ways, when a conference of the strongest leaders of the Wolf packs around the world meets in Seattle and our newlyweds go to it as hosts. From the first moment they step onto Seattle soil their lives are in danger. Anyone could be a traitor or an assassin. They can trust no one! Things are tense, people die, lines are
4.5 Stars

I'm loving Charles and Anna a little more with each book.
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

HUNTING GROUND had a lot of interesting morsels in it from both a mythology and a story standpoint; readers get to learn about fae, vampires and dragons (!!!), witness firsthand how Bran’s decision to bring the werewolves out to the public came to be, and observe the continuing evolution of Anna & Charles’ relationship. No author does light/dark quite like Patricia Briggs, and this audiobook really emblazoned that fact by putting these preternaturals’ best and worst
Aug 23, 2015 Sanaa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
[4.5 Stars] Really loved this one. I think my favorite part was seeing Anna and Charles really work as a team and then seeing Anna come into her own a bit. I really like her character growth so far, and seeing her and Charles work on their relationship really made me enjoy this one. I think Patricia Briggs is seriously such a fantastic author, and I cannot wait to see what is in store next in both this series and Mercy Thompson. Also in case your curious, I think I prefer Mercy Thompson as a mai ...more
Mar 17, 2009 MelissaB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: werewolf romance fans who like a little mystery in their books
Hunting Ground is the third entry into the Alpha and Omega series. The first story was "Alpha and Omega" in the On the Prowl anthology and the second was a stand alone book, Cry Wolf. The series follows Anna and Charles after they meet in the first book and find out they are mates, then they must work their way through learning to accept the mating bond and work out their life together.

Anna was abused by her first pack which features heavily in the story as she tries to overcome her emotional sc
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
I'm too bored to write a full review right now so...

1) Loved the story. The relationship keeps developing between Charles and Anna and I think that it's the first time I've been able to actually see so clearly how a relationship progresses in a series.
2) In this book we have fairies, vamps, trolls, wolves. All the nice nasties I love in my books.
3) I wanted more Bran!:(
4) For some reason I didn't like Ric at all.
5) I loved Moira and Arthur.
6) The book was fast paced and well-written. I wasn't bo
Werewolf politics and intrigue are the highlight of this novel. Charles and Anna are sent to Seattle on behalf of Bran to negotiate the “coming out” of the werewolf population. The wolves of North America and Europe are represented in this negotiation. Not all the wolves are happy with this situation, and a lot of Alpha wolves in one place is a recipe for trouble. The talks are to be mediated by a fae Gray Lord, Dana.

There was a huge cast of characters in this book and it was interesting to lear
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Wow. I didn’t think this series could get any better, but it just did. Hunting Ground was amazing!! I love the way Briggs writes. There’s this ease to it and it’s always just a natural progression of the storyline. It’s never pulling or straining. All the characters continue to grow in a way that is gradual, but still very evident.

And Anna is the perfect example of that. I remember complaining back in the Alpha &Omega novella that she was too skittish and broken. But she has come so far in s
May 10, 2015 Glass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Two words - Charles Cornick.


Ahmad Sharabiani
Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega, #2), Patricia Briggs
عنوان: شکارگاه - کتاب 2 از محموعه آلفا و امگا؛ نویسنده: پاتریشیا بریگز؛ مترجم: آیدین کبیری؛ تهران، آذرباد، 1395؛ در 380 ص؛ شابک دوره: 9786006225579؛ شابک جلد 1: 9786008537014؛ موضوع: داستانهای خیال انگیز از نویسندگان امریکایی - قرن 21 م
آنا لاتام نمیدانست زندگی تا چه حد میتواند پیچیده باشد، تا اینکه تبدیل به یک گرگینه شد. نمیدانست زندگی تا چه حد میتواند خطرناک باشد تا اینکه با چارلز کورنیک، پسر برن، سردسته ی گرگ نماهای آمریکای شمالی جفت شد...
1st Read March 2014 - Rating 5 *
2nd Read December 2015 - Rating 5 *
3rd Read January 2017 - Rating 5 *

Original Review

I have been absolutely devouring the both the Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series recently so it's no surprise that I enjoyed Hunting Ground. I think I'm just going to love everything that Patricia Briggs writes because she certainly hasn't steered me wrong so far! The world building in these two series is phenomenal, you have the werewolves with their dominance issues, th
Pam Nelson
4.5 Hunting Ground Stars

Wow, Anna is really coming in to her own, no she isn't healed or anything like that. But she is getting stronger every day. And I love that her and her wolf are equals.

Charles really shows his softer side for his mate this time. At the beginning he was a bit standoffish but I think that’s because he is so old and not used to having to share what he is feeling with someone. He is learning and so is she.

A lot goes on I think I like that we get lots of action in these boo
I think I like this splinter series of Patricia Briggs more than her original Mercy Thompson series. The first Alpha & Omega book annoyed me because it assumed that I knew things that I didn’t. I hadn’t read the short story that kicked things off. But with that in the past, I can appreciate this second book for exactly what it is.

I always love urban fantasy that includes the Fae. They are far superior to vampires & werewolves in my reading experience. I’m not sure what it is about the fa
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Patricia Briggs has once again ensnared me, I LOVED this book!

Huntung Ground is set just before the werewolves come out to the public and Charles and Anna go to a meeting with all the European werewolves to soothe some fears...not that it works out that way of course. I thought it was a little better then Cry Wolf, mainly because I found the story a bit more interesting there was more to get into as it was slightly more complex.

It also shows Charles and Anna's developing relationship. Part of
Of the first three stories (Alpha & Omega, Cry Wolf, and Hunting Ground) this is definitely the most romantic. The pacing of the story is tight and moves along quickly, and we really get a chance to delve into the politics of the werewolves - around the world. At the same time we get to know Charles and Anna even better, and watch their relationship grow, which is my favorite part.

Anna still has some issues with the abuse she suffered at the hands of her old pack. I love how Patricia Briggs
omygosh what a great, oddly romantic book. Love how the author displayed Charles's strength- even in his vulnerability. Love how she empowered Anna. Love how their love empowered them both.

I know I'm all gushy right now, so let me get to my review:

The continuing story of Charles and Anna, newly mated werewolves tentatively learning to trust their feelings and the truemate bonding that holds them together. In Hunting Ground, Alpha of Alpha's Bran sends his son Charles and his new daughter-in-law
Lisa Kay
★★★★★ Wow! All I can say is this book is cool. I just love “Anna Latham Cornick, mate of Charles Cornick, Omega of the Aspen Creek Pack. Wolf. Sister. Daughter. Lover. Beloved.” Remember, knowing a person’s name is powerful magic. And that is all the hint of this plot you are going to get out of me! This one is delicious. Just enough clues sprinkled throughout for me to guess some of them and still leave enough mystery to unfold. Plus, enough realism in the human relationship between two lonely, ...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
For her sake, he would destroy the world

I have no idea why I can’t simply get into this series. I try and try and try and I keep on getting bored and trying to postpone reading it. I managed to do it by parts, which sucks for me. I like to read my books from start to finish and focus on them. Hunting Ground was a side-read to three other books. This explains why I can’t even write a proper review for it. I can’t remember much. I also skimmed a lot, which is why I won’t even bother with getting
January 2017 Re-read: Buddy read with Sarah

December 2015 re-read: Buddy read with Sarah

This is such a romantic story. Charles and Anna are still really new in their relationship here, so we get a lot of time with them figuring it out. And unlike a lot of romantic stories - it's not all figured out between the sheets. Sex is an important part of (any) relationship, and definitely one thing that they're figuring out here, but it's not the only thing - they talk, and they get to know each other a l
Oct 25, 2012 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tense, fast-paced, and emotionally gripping, Hunting Ground is set in Seattle. First stop, a city landmark: a huge stone troll guarding his turf beneath the Fremont Street underpass. Photos don't do justice to the SIZE of this thing, clutching a real VW Bug in one hand. See troll here:

CHARACTERS: Charles and Anna and a mix of secondary characters (including Moira and Tom, introduced in the prequel Seeing Eyes, a short story in the Strange Brew anthology).
Jan 30, 2015 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mine, 4-stars, gr2016

Hunting ground continues about a month after Cry Wolf. Anna and Charles are still new to being mated, and all it involves.

Also life as the pack’s Omega and Enforcer is never easy, and they have been enlisted by Bran their leader, and Charles’ father, to attend a summit where Bran’s proposition that the werewolves should reveal themselves to the humans will be presented. But not all the Alphas are happy with this plan, and danger is surrounding Anna and Charles. They will have to use everything

Aly is so frigging bored
4th read: 8-14February 2016
Buddy read with Maru

3rd read: August 2014
Buddy read with Jo

2nd read: 13-15 November
This is one of the best series I've read this year, I am so glad that I did :)

I can't say more then that I really love Charles, Anna, Bran and all the other secondary characters. The confidence that Anna manages to regain slow and steady is another of the things I enjoyed reading.

1ast read: July 2012
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

Awesome. Just awesome.

This was just perfection in an audiobook. The reader, Holter Graham, again slammed-dunked it with a spot on narration. The way he does each voice so distinctly and uniquely and manages to give each sentence the right tone... I just love it. I only want to listen to this series in audiobook.

This is the rare breed of UF with a heroine who is not the least bit annoying. She is strong and drama-free and I could read about her all day long. I liked that the focus of the story
For her sake, he would destroy the world..... Probably it wouldn't come to that...

Men, she thought, had a strange yen for long, pointy, sharp things....

"Women are the bloodthirsty sex. We get the reputation, but it is only because the women stand behind us, and say, 'Kill it. Squish it.'"

Patricia Briggs has such a gift for injecting just the right amount of humor into her slice-of-life observational writing. Her books are so readable, and easy to relate to, even though they are about wer
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Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a na
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“Women are the bloodthirsty sex," said Ric sadly. "We get the reputation, but it is only because the women stand behind us, and say, 'Kill it. Squish it.” 556 likes
“My grandfather would have loved to have met you," he told her huskily. "He would have called you 'She Moves Trees Out of His Path.' "

She looked lost, but his da laughed. He'd known the old man, too.

"He called me 'He Who Must Run into Trees,'" Charles explained, and in a spirit of honesty, a need for his mate to know who he was, he continued, "or sometimes 'Running Eagle.' "

" 'Running Eagle'?" Anna puzzled it over, frowning at him. "What's wrong with that?"

"Too stupid to fly," murmured his father with a little smile.”
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