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Fair Game

(Alpha & Omega #3)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  49,186 ratings  ·  2,720 reviews
Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson novels, "always enchants her readers." (Lynn Viehl, New York Times bestselling author) Now her Alpha and Omega series-set in a world of shifting shapes, loyalty, and passion- brings werewolves out of the darkness and into a society where fear and prejudice could make the hunters prey... They sa ...more
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Ace Hardcover
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Natalie I know I've read the entire Mercyverse as well as separately. Some of what happens in the Mercy Thompson books have been touched upon in the Alpha and…moreI know I've read the entire Mercyverse as well as separately. Some of what happens in the Mercy Thompson books have been touched upon in the Alpha and Omega series and Charles and Bran have appeared in Mercy Thompson series.

The two run kind of parallel to each other, so I'd say you don't have to wait before reading this book. They're connected in the same universe, but don't really effect each other too much from what I recall.

I did recently read through all the Mercy Thompson books recently in honor of the newest book (as of this comment), Smoke Bitten, and am rereading through this one. So far, the two aren't too connected outside of context and Charles and Bran appearing in both.(less)
Beth I try to avoid most spoilers, but obviously this question requires them! This is mostly to tell you how Anna, Charles, and the world change between 2 …moreI try to avoid most spoilers, but obviously this question requires them! This is mostly to tell you how Anna, Charles, and the world change between 2 & 4.

The wolves have come out to humans, and very strict policies are down for werewolf behavior. This means that Charles as his father's enforcer has been killing even more often, and Anna is worried that this is sapping his spirit. From Charles's POV we see that he is haunted by the ghosts of some of the men he killed, because he thinks he killed them for political reasons, not because they deserved it.

When several werewolves are murdered in Boston, Bran sends Anna and Charles to help the FBI investigation (Adam would have gone, but Mercy was injured in River Marked and he won't leave her). A fae's daughter is kidnapped by what appear to be the same UNSUBs, and the hunt is on. Some of the gov't officials are good, and others are not.

Stuff happens (see, no spoiler!), and at the end Charles has defeated his ghosts, we see more of how terrified other werewolves are by him, Anna is more comfortable with their mating bonds and her strength as a werewolf, and the fae reject human justice and declare independence, severing most ties with humans. Bran wants to keep the werewolves with the humans for now, but there is a lot of prejudice (some of it obviously well-earned) against the supernatural community.(less)

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Ahmad Sharabiani
Fair Game (Alpha & Omega #3), Patricia Briggs

This stand-alone series is following Anna, a fierce and empathetic werewolf, and Charles Cornick, the enforcer of the North American werewolves.

Alpha and Omega series:

0.5 - Alpha and Omega a novella that also appears in On the Prowl and Shifting Shadows. Anna Latham and Charles Cornick meet.

1 - Cry Wolf (2008) Using her abilities as a rare Omega, Anna helps Charles hunt a dark magic-bound, rogue werewolf, who threatens the survival of the whole pack.
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-audios
4 stars!

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Fair Game is the third book in the Alpha & Omega series which features Anna and Charles. I love this series! Maybe not quite as much as the Mercy Thompson series, but close. It’s for sure one of the best UF series I’ve read. This third book drew me in from the start. It seemed to be more fast-paced than the others and the story really kept my interest all the way through.

Charles is having a rough go of things. Being ‘the enforcer’ is getting more difficult for him, especially with t
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Funny, true story: A couple of months ago I was emailing with the Penguin/Random House publicist for this series, talking about the newest 5th book in this series, Burn Bright, which I'd gotten on NetGalley. I mentioned to her that I'd never read the 4th book in the series, Dead Heat, and would it be possible for her to send me a copy? She said yes - BUT I goofed and gave her the name of the third book instead, Fair Game. So that's what showed up in the mail, and that's how I got this particular ...more
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uf
I love this urban fantasy world Patricia Briggs has created. She has expanded it over two series, her Mercy Thompson series and this one, Alpha & Omega. In this series we explore the complex relationship of Charles and Anna. Charles is the only known born werewolf, and son of the Marrock (Alpha of ALL werewolves of North America, Bran). Anna is an Omega, a wolf that can calm the fiercest of tempers and is also strong enough to look the Marrock in the eye. Of course, her human appearance makes he ...more
Lisa Kay

★★★★★ & a Wow! It took me awhile to write this review; the fabulous Ms. Patricia Briggs had wowed me beyond words. Dare I say this is her best work to date? I guess I can’t, since I haven’t read everything she’s written – yet! But, I’m willing to place that bet.

With the third installment of her Alpha and Omega series, Ms. Briggs has proven she is a master of her craft and draws us completely into her paranormal milieu of werewolves, fae, vampires, ghosts, witches, humans, an occasional zombi
Maria V. Snyder
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yesterday, I spent almost the entire day reading! It was glorious. I haven't done that in ages! This is the book that I read in two days - a record. I wanted something familiar and since I've been enjoying this series, I picked this up. I'm not a big series reader and only have a few faves because they tend to escalate the problems in each book until it's totally ridiculous. So far, Briggs has been keeping things interesting without having the world just about to end. If you're interested in thi ...more
Mimi Smith
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uf-r
10 stars


This is, by far, the best in the series for me. I can't even begin to explain how much I enjoyed it. It takes place after River Marked. Anna and Charles have been together for a year or so, and we see Charles's job as an enforcer is getting to him. He has killed too many, too often and is closing himself off, even from his mate. Bran decides it might help if he sends Charles to Boston, to investigate a series of deaths stretching back 30 years. Giving him a chanc
Aly is so frigging bored
1st read: July 2012
OMFG! I iz speechless here! That Gray Lord Prince was awesome! I so didn't expect that! The ending was EXPLOSIVE!

Exactly what the Fae did to the prejudiced humans, if you ask me

This was a great installment by Patricia Briggs. I loved(never was good a literary stuff so I use bluet-points:D):
-Anna: her growth from the scared wolf from the prequel to this book is a lovely thing to watch. The way her bond with Charles and her confidence in his love for her was a very importan
Alex is The Romance Fox
The prologue of this book hooked me right into the mystical and magical world that Patricia Briggs has created in her Alpha and Omega Series, where we meet a new character, FBI agent and a human named Leslie Fisher, who plays a huge role in this story. I fell in love with her immediately….
“Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Leslie.”
A big part of why I love this series is Charles & Anna. They have a strong bond and complement each other. But Charles is struggling with his demons
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.5 stars
Audio reread

I still did not love this book the second time around but I liked it more. Despite when I said below that I was done with this series, I love these characters and find myself thinking about them. Briggs is a character driven writer and is brilliant at worldbuilding. I just don't love the story in this particular book and even reading it two times doesn't change that. I will definitely continue reading the series.

I'm so done with th
February 2018 Reread. Buddy read with Sarah and Erica.
February 2017 Re-read

I was thinking about this book recently, and realized that I never put in the trigger warnings that I should have:
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I freaking loved this book! I loved the mystery, I loved Charles and Anna! I loved the glimpses of Adam and the Mercy Thompson world. Bran was amazing and Briggs gave us a good amount of Bran.

Patricia Briggs has that special something that makes me feel so happy and contented to slip into her world and read any one of her books. The characters may be scary and the subject matter disturbing, but Briggs writes them in such a rich way that I wish I was there. The supernaturals in Briggs’ world are
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

I'm used to the events in series installments taking place a few weeks, if not days apart, so I was a little disconcerted by the fact that FAIR GAME jumped two full years into the future. In HUNTING GROUND Bran was still contemplating bringing the werewolves out to the public, but in this audiobook it was a done deal, and Anna & Charles are now dealing with the fallout. As a result, I experienced some mild growing pains while getting up to speed; luckily I had Briggs' ME
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** 4 ***

I think I am a bit in-love with Charles! Yes, he is my perfect alpha male:-) Smart, strong, with a sense of humor and responsibility, overprotective but also attentive and loving - what is not to love???? However, he Anna and he are the perfect couple, so I have to bow out and just enjoy their connection... Connection, which in this book was under threat, mating bond damaged by guilt and self-doubt...

The third book in the Alpha & Omega series starts two years after Hunting Ground and
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
5 stars goes without saying of course!

I have a question and since I'm too bored to look it up I'll wait until some awesome GRs friend answers me... Is this series going to have another book? I thought it was a trilogy but I have to admit the end felt like it left things unresolved.


This book begins about a year after Bran made the werewolves public. Since humans now know about shifters Bran has applied stricter rules and Charles is the one who plays the executioner, a job that has began to t
1st Read March 2014
2nd Read February 2016
3rd Read January 2017
4th Read February 2018

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Buddy read with Ange

I have loved Charles and Anna since we first met them in Alpha & Omega and I've enjoyed seeing their relationship develop as the series has continued. They are still fairly new mates and have issues to work through on both sides but they've come a long way since they first met. Anna now trusts Charles implicitly, she knows without a doubt that he would never hurt her and she als
Jen Davis
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh Anna and Charles, I love you so much. From the very first Alpha and Omega novella, Patricia Briggs has given this hero and heroine such depth of character, that I feel like I know them. They are flawed, brave, loyal, insecure, and violent. But above and beyond all that, they always love one other.

This book may be my favorite yet in the series. I was surprised at the onset to see how much time had passed since the events of Hunting Ground. While it's not spelled out precisely, it's been a few
3.5 stars

Fair Game, the third book in the Alpha & Omega series picks up a few years after Hunting Ground. I was quite thrown off with this because it didn't read like Charles and Anna had been together that long, it was like reading about a couple who were still in the early stages of their relationship. It doesn't help matters that Charles is pushing Anna away and ignoring the mate-bond between them. Charles having been Bran's executioner for years begins to breakdown mentality. To save his son
Heather C
I loved this but it was too easy for me to put down.  I wasn't sucked in like I was with the previous two books of this series.  It starts off not long after the end of River Marked. We even get a small phone cameo from Adam and Mercy is mentioned, YAY!!!
Anyway, I liked getting to read about Charles and Anna again and see how much their mate bond has changed over the past few years.  In this book, Charles is having a lot of internal issues resulting from him being the Marrok's Wolfkiller, so th
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Fair Game is by far my favorite in the Alpha & Omega series. I read this back in 2012 and listened to the audiobook in 2017.

Fair Game has the perfect blend of action, character development, and romance. This novel opened up the door to other supernatural creatures. We see Anna and Charles get involved with a human FBI member and others to solve the murders happening.

Anna has changed and gown since the beginning of the series. She’s slowly developing into a strong women/werewolf as she begins to
Wow! What a ride! Patricia Briggs proves once again that she is a master story-teller. The world she creates has me actually believing that there are werewolves, witches, fae, and the like living amongst us. I love how she incorporates magic and the spirit world into her books.

The third book in her Alpha and Omega series, Fair Game was well worth the wait. In this book, Anna worries about Charles. She’s afraid that his enforcer role is causing him to burn out. Anna is no longer the meek, skitti
I'm just going to let you know: I CAN'T WRITE THIS REVIEW WITHOUT SPOILERS. There, you've been warned.

I, DEVOURED, this book yesterday. I was completely exhausted, emotionally wrung out and completely without a clue as to how I could possibly review a book that is so good, so emotional, so deep that I didn't even comprehend how deep it was until I slept on it spectacular. Really - I'm just a peon in the world of greatness that is Patricia Briggs.

The world is now aware of the existence
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charles is suffering in his role as his father‘s enforcer, killer of wayward werewolves and all around bogeyman. Anna has a cunning plan. There is a serial killer in Boston and the FBI ask for help. Anna takes the opportunity to do just that, to get Charles out of his rut and help him to get better.

This time around this is more of a police procedural and we even get a new POV from Leslie, an FBI agent they work with. And there are fae and stupid humans.

I enjoyed this one! And I still don‘t remem
Posted on Under the Covers

What happens when a werewolf is forced to kill others of his kind without any sort of break? What toll does it take on the werewolf and subsequently his mate? These questions are asked in FAIR GAME, the third and highly anticipated book in the Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs.

FAIR GAME starts out with a low point between Anna and Charles’ relationship. Anna feels detached from her mate, Charles. Her father-in-law, Bran, is now making Charles hunt out-of-control
A great addition to a series set in a favorite world.

Anna and Charles are going through a rough patch and have to work through it while helping the police find a serial killer that's targeting werewolves and fae.

A lot of character development and roles changing, as Anna is the one who has to save Charles from his demons this time. Major developments regarding the supernaturals are triggered and we see some of their effects in the next, chronologically, book in the Mercy Thompson world, Frost Bur
2020 Re-read

I'm really enjoying rereading this series. The relationship between Anna and Charles is so steady. They work through big trouble in this novel, but they don't doubt their bond. They are very much a team and as the book progresses, they recruit humans, fae, and other werewolves to assist them in their crime fighting mission. Tracking a serial killer is a natural role for creatures that enjoy a hunt.

I can see why Anna gets cast in the “captured by the enemy" role in each book, but I d
Mada Linx

The story takes place two years later after the last book. It haven’t been specifically confirmed, I had to guess, but never the less, it has killed my expectations.
Anna was too comfortable with Charles and seems like she has overcome her fears, which I didn’t like. For me it felt like she didn’t earn it. I wanted to see her development and because I didn’t, feels like I’ve been robbed by this right. Anna’s attitude pissed me off and Charles has become a weak little thing scared of some ghosts,
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy

Anna and Charles are easily one of the best and sweetest couples I've ever read about. Charles defines an alpha hero without being an asshole. I love that. I hate the asshole hero. It can be interesting at times, but that concept gets really old.

Charles bent his head down and touched his nose to hers, closing his eyes to hide the effect of the knowledge of what he'd been doing to her-and the effect of feeling her, skin on skin, once more

I like that Briggs made a hero who respects and admires t

Well, it has been quite a while since we got a new release in this series, hasn’t it? It feels like I have been counting down to the release of Fair Game forever. I reread the last book, Hunting Ground, to get back into the swing of things, and it was just as awesome as I remembered. Perhaps the change in tone in the series wouldn’t have been so glaring if I hadn’t reread the second book, but I did, so it stuck out. It’s not that the new tone was bad, it was just…different.

In the previous books
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fair Game (Alpha And Omega) by Patricia Briggs

I knew that Patricia would ultimately find a way to take both of her series and bring the time-lines together. This is great and I think that it is going to make both of these series much more interesting. Especially if each couple can ‘invade territories’ occasionally!

Anna and Charles need to make a trip to Boston to help the FBI with a serial murderer that has taken out a few werewolves as well as many Fae. Anna is a great choice to send (along w
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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 n

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Alpha & Omega (6 books)
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“Then he snarled at her. “You are not leaving me.”

It was an order, and she didn’t have to follow anyone’s orders. That was part of being Omega instead of a regular werewolf – who might have had a snowball’s chance in hell of being a proper mate.

“You need someone stronger,” Anna told him again. “So you wouldn’t have to hide when you’re hurt. So you could trust your mate to take care of herself and help, damn it, instead of having to protect me from whatever you are hiding.” She hated crying. Tears were weaknesses that could be exploited and they never solved a damned thing. Sobs gathered in her chest like a rushing tide and she needed to get away from him before she broke.

Instead of fighting his grip, she tried to slide out of it. “I need to go,” she said to his chest. “I need–”

His mouth closed over hers, hot and hungry, warming her mouth as his body warmed her body.

“Me,” Charles said, his voice dark and gravelly as if it had traveled up from the bottom of the earth, his eyes a bright gold. “You need me.”
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