On the Prowl Anthology Alpha & Omega (Alpha & Omega, book 0.5) by Patricia Briggs
Wow!! I had forgotten how good this short was. It's set in thOn the Prowl Anthology Alpha & Omega (Alpha & Omega, book 0.5) by Patricia Briggs
Wow!! I had forgotten how good this short was. It's set in the same world as Mercy Thompson's. Presenting a new character, Anna, and an old one, Charles. Charles is kind of old, but he's a blank slate. Readers first meet him in Moon Called and gets smatterings of mentions in Mercy's books. He's the son of the Marrok so it's bound to happen. He's also the executioner for the pack and a key in keeping it running. Charles is a character I've longed to know so it's exciting he'll be in his own spinoff.
Anna is another example of Briggs creating well realized female leads. They don't need to be bad asses wielding weapons. They can be strong in other ways. Personally I really loved her and it helped showing the other side of werewolf packs. Because it's been hinted at that not all packs are like Adam and Bran's.
It's also wonderful getting full on werewolf pack politics again! Especially from the point of view of a woman. Sure she's an Omega—no I won't ruin it for you—so the sexist rules of the other female members need not apply to her. Which is both cool and a bit of a shame that it won’t be explored. However, since she is a werewolf I have no doubt it will be brought up in future books.
Overall this is an excellent pre-series launch. It got my attention. Sadly it was so amazing it's probably why the first official book in the Alpha and Omega series was such a let down. (Who knows maybe I'll like it more on my reread. Because I can barely remember it!) It introduces an excellent power couple and I can't wait to see them actually fall in love. Because Mating in Briggs world isn’t like basic romance novel crap. Not to mention that Anna will be going up to the Marrok's territory. Oh. Yeah.
Sexual Content: Some sexual rumor, talk and mention of rape and sexual abuse. There’s a darker flavor to this book.
It's a giant train wreck. You know how it ends, but you can't look away. It's also one of the strongest entries in the series, second to Cress.
Part oIt's a giant train wreck. You know how it ends, but you can't look away. It's also one of the strongest entries in the series, second to Cress.
Part of it has to do with how off Levana is and the mystery behind what her sister did to her. Let's be honest, either Levana was made that way because of those events or she just was that way. Either way it's comforting to know Levana was off her rocker before she went evil Queen, and it's even cooler to get a look inside her head.
It's also heart breaking to see such a noble and amazing character, Evret. Oh, seeing him being tortured by Levana was sooooo painful. And I loved every moment of it. (Yeah, I know. I need help.) It was amazing that he could still be such a good man as Levana drives him to madness. Well a lesser man would have went mad. 10 years. Wow.
Not only that but Fairest actually gives readers some world building!!! Why is the moon colonized? Why because earth wanted a docking port there to make exploration and space travel easier! Cool. Now what about ALL my other questions. At the very least let me know if other planets are colonized!!!!!!!
In the end I think fans should definitely read this. Some might be scared. Some might be like me and gleefully want to see this disaster implode! Either way it's good for the series and a setup for some of the leads in the next book. Such as Winter and Jacin. Either way this really isn't a short or something to be skipped. Besides I love it when I understand and can see how the villain ticks. It makes everything better.
Sexual Content: Alludes to some bedroom scenes, and definitely has some slightly more adult themes then previous books.