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Wild Sign

(Alpha & Omega #6)

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  10,762 ratings  ·  1,499 reviews
Mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham must discover what could make an entire community disappear—before it's too late—in this thrilling entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling Alpha and Omega series.

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 the
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 18th 2021 by Orbit (first published March 16th 2021)
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Ariel I completely agree with @Christina Wilcott --- I think it's a type of love, born from respect and likely some guilt. Bran isn't without fault, and tho…moreI completely agree with @Christina Wilcott --- I think it's a type of love, born from respect and likely some guilt. Bran isn't without fault, and though I'm not the biggest fan of Leah (Mercy is my girl and I want to throw hands at anyone who is mean to her, lol), but other than being guarded towards him (for good reason), I feel like Bran's treatment of her is a big reason why she is the way she is. That doesn't excuse her behavior of course, but it is important to note. I think that while Bran isn't IN LOVE with Leah in the way Charles+Anna/Mercy+Adam are, she does fulfill the role of the Marrok's mate, i.e. loyalty, and what she did at the end of Wild Sign. She's what he needs and what he doesn't need is a great love. He's had that and we know what happened when he lost that. Now he (and the pack) need someone strong. I think Leah has always felt that since he wasn't IN LOVE with her, he didn't care for her at all -- very black and white thinking -- but emotions are complicated. I think if she had known that he doesn't hate her and feels respect towards her from the jump, she maybe wouldn't have been so horrible. I mean, it's sad that she loves him in a way that he doesn't love her, but she let that eat her up, so much so that she hates his own children. How can someone truly love someone who hates their own flesh and blood. It's honestly a bit of a mess, and Leah is not the only one at fault here. I think the best outcome would be similar to present day arranged marriages that are successful and come from a place of respect and high regard. (less)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
4.5 stars. On sale this week! Final review, first posted on

The Call of the Wild (Singer):

A woman goes hiking with her dog in the northern California mountains, searching for the hidden settlement her father calls home. After a long search she finds the encampment — really a small town — but her father is gone, along with every other person who lived in Wild Sign. Some time later, two FBI agents pay a surprise visit to Anna and Charles Cornick in Aspen Creek, Montana. The a
Sheyla ✎
Back to the Mercyverse!! One of my favorite fantasy worlds ever!

As an Alpha and Omega novel, we know Charles and Anna are frontpage. Ana, the Omega that has stabilized Bran's pack of unstable powerful werewolves and Charles, Bran's son, the enforcer. If Charles shows up, you know someone has misbehaved and death is close. Charles is only different around Ana. She sees parts of him that no one else does.

So what's Wild Sign about?

A new threat.

The FBI comes knocking (literally) on Charles and Ana
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this was intense!!!!

Again, the author wrote an unputdownable story. Full of magic, and also some very fascinating revelations. And as always, whenever I read a new book by Patricia Briggs I get completely sucked into the story and world, and the wait for the next book seems awfully long.

Also Anna was my favorite character this time. She impressed the hell out of me!

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Oh yes, finally more info on the mysterious Bran - but not enough, of course. I know the author was upset with us for our reaction to the last book in this series because, until then, we had all been a little in awe of him. She wanted to let us know that Bran isn't a good guy or hero. But, I like the occasional villain so we'll see how this all plays out.

So the book is about Charles and Anna looking for an entire town's worth of people who disappeared. They are comparing the situation to Roanoke
4.5 stars

Um, we need to talk about that last chapter and epilogue! I need my GR friends that have read all the prior books in the Mercy series and this Anna series to read this book ASAP, please and thank you.

Random non-spoiler thoughts:
- Chapter 5 (especially via the audiobook) basically broke my heart.
- The new “enemy” of this book is seriously messed up and I am still not sure how it existed in the first place or who/what defeated it (or if it was defeated?)
- The last sentence of chapter 13!
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I love these books and I always will! I love Charles and Anna and Tag and others. Charles is my spirit boyfriend 😃. I need me a Native American Werewolf, I always have and I still want to be a werewolf when I grow up. I reckon I’m too old now 🙄

Read this from the library until the paperback comes out to match my other books. And the audio is great!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Apr 22, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I don't like that much the urban fantasy genre with its thick skinned heroines and its outmoded furry or blood thirsty creatures. But I am a huge fan of Anna and Charles. Alpha and Omega defies the laws of the genre, or rather, redefines them. I like how gentle, generous and caring Anna is, which doesn't mean she is weak or naive, rather the contrary. I also like that she is not a great beauty or a drama queen with a harem of men at her disposal. Above all, I find very original the whole concept ...more
Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

I'm going to start with some brutal honesty. I love the Mercy Thompson books, I really do, but Anna's books just seem to have created a mate bond with me. They're something special, for sure, and I pretty much always love them in their entireties. Don't get me wrong, as I said a second ago, I do so adore the Mercy books as well, but whenever a new Alpha & Omega book comes out, I get more excit
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars!

After reading this book I cannot decide if I want to wrap Patricia Briggs in a big old hug, or strangle her. I’m kidding, kind of. Let’s just say she left us hanging a little bit at the end like she usually does and I am already anxious to read the next book.

Wild Sign follows Anna and Charles as they investigate a community in Northern California that just completely disappeared, and no one knows why. The case is given to them by the FBI as the land is owned by a member of the pack a
Trigger warning: Rape, incest, child trafficking.

I told myself that I would only read another book in this series if I borrowed it via the library. Looks like I was smart to do so. What to say. The book drags. Badly. Briggs totally retconned Bran and Leah's whole relationship. I thought I was hallucinating stuff and went back to some of the older Mercy and "Alpha & Omega" books to make sure I had things right. Did I mention the book drags? And there's a lot of rape/incest happening in this one.
4.25 stars

I always get excited when there is a new Anna and Charles book! It feels like we had to wait extra long for this one… to be fair, 3 years is a long time, and after the way she ended it, I might cry if we have to wait 3 more!
“With Anna he had no shield—Charles belonged to Anna with all his complicated soul and uncomplicated heart.”

Anna and Charles, along with fellow werewolf, Tag, are on a mission. After the FBI knocks on their door asking for help with a small town’s disap
Mar 14, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a mixed bag for me. The beginning was good and I was intrigued by the mystery and then the book slowed down for about 100 pages. Not sure why it felt like it dragged but it seemed to take forever to get to the final confrontation. I was getting to the 250 page mark and I felt like nothing was going anywhere. The final 50 pages and the epilogue were good though.

I think what’s been bugging me about the last two Briggs books is that I feel like she’s retconning her own series. In the last
Re-read by audio April 11, 2021. Love getting details I missed the first time around and Holter Graham's performance was excellent!

The Alpha and Omega series is one of my all-time favorites! It’s one of those series you just know you’ll re-read over and over, and relish! This is a series that is best read in order, and if you haven’t started it, go now, and get the novella prequel! You’re in for a treat!

Bran sends Charles, Anna and Tag off to investigate when a whole off-the-grid sort of commun
Woman Reading
4 ☆
It was not a bad idea to remind your enemy of who you are.

Or it could just as well be, "I am Woman, hear me roar!" I haven't been enamored with the Alpha & Omega series even though I have read all six books to see what was occurring elsewhere within the Mercy Thompson world. So Wild Sign took me by surprise because IMHO it's the best one in this series. I believe that enough background has been provided so that it can be read as a standalone, but one's emotional reactions to the character
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Somehow, I always end up in a reading drought before the latest Alpha & Omega installment releases. I’ll have picked up and put down a number of novels that didn’t hold my attention, but the moment I start reading Patty’s work, I’m completely enthralled. Wild Sign is another thrilling mystery for Charles and Anna to resolve and I enjoyed every word. There were many revelations, a number of characters take big leaps forward or find resolutions to situations from their pasts.

With Patty’s writing
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-2, favorites
I have wanted to get Leah and Bran’s backstory since the beginning of the series, so I was extremely excited when I saw in the blurb that this would revisit Leah’s past. Leah has not always been a likeable character, but on the other hand, neither has Bran. Their mating is strange, and raises a lot of questions, to say the least. And I like interesting characters.

Anna and Charles are asked by the FBI to investigate when a group of off-the-gridders go missing in California. The plot of land they
I was a bit confused as this one started out as the first bit was set in the past, but set the stage for events in this book. Once we got to the present and I realized that with this book we would be learning a lot about Leah I wasn't sure what to feel. For most of this series and the Mercy books, Leah is not a good person and you wonder why Bran picked her as his mate. Learning Leah's past I feel very sorry for her on so many levels, but especially for what she thought Bran was going to do to h ...more
One of the things that being plunged into the single worst memory of her life had done was to make very clear how hard Charles worked to empower her. Not only because Charles would always back her, but because he had taught her how to defend herself.
She could fight now, in whatever shape she wore.

Anna y Charles reciben la visita del FBI en su casa, el caso que les lleva es la desaparicion de una toma de un campamento con varias personas en tierras que pertenecen a ... Leah . Lo que resulta
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"Charles belonged to Anna with all his complicated soul and uncomplicated heart."

I have been on a journey with Anna and Charles for almost a decade, and I don't see myself leaving them anytime soon. Wild Sign is another amazing addition to the Alpha & Omega series, I honestly just can't get enough of the complex and intriguing characters in the Marrok's pack. I especially love the bond Anna has with everyone, she is a very important

Wow, doesn’t it feel like absolute ages since this series has had a new book? It honestly hasn’t been that long, but I did have trouble finding my footing when I started this book. Because of the wait, I felt like a lot of the previous events were forgotten and Briggs doesn’t really catch readers up very much with this book, so I had to go back and try to remember a lot of what has happened. That being said, I do think it’s best if the series is read in order. You’ll get a much better under
Wow this entry of Charles’s and Anna story really scored with me and I think with most readers thus far. I think it’s because we get much more of the inner workings of Charles (aka Brother Wolf) and we also get a reminder of how far they (He and Anna) have come both individually and together. Or it could be because so few of my favorite writers are publishing right now. Either way the prospect of getting this book and the hours of escape I desperately need right now was so exciting, I forked ove ...more
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series. Up until this point, I would never have called the violence in her books "gratuitous".

Wild Sign was still riveting and masterfully written but for me, there was something lacking. There is so much focus on the horror and darkness of this story that it leaves little room for anything else. There are a lot of content warnings for this book including graphic violence, rape, torture, and child trafficking. Read with caution.

(view spoil
Snarktastic Sonja
This one is 4.5 stars but I am rounding up because it did a bit of the impossible - and I had no idea going in it would do this.

I tend to enjoy Mercy more than Anna for several reasons. One of the biggest is Anna lacks the cast of characters surrounding Mercy. Oh, there is Bran and there is Asil and there was Sage. But, they are not really surrounding her as much as in and out of the picture. It is more just Charles and Anna. I enjoyed the inclusion of Tag in this tale and I enjoyed his ability
Mar 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

Hmm. I may need to do a re-read of the series. =D

Good story but it was like a gigantic teaser that brought up or touched upon a bunch of cool things that I would love more on & may not because it would need to be written. =P

It made me miss Mercy & Coyote is a rascal.
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anna and her husband Charles, both werewolves, are informed by the FBI that someone is squatting on pack land in northern California, and that something strange is going on there. They travel down from Montana with another pack member, and find that there are no people left, but it's evident that something horrible has happened. Were witches involved? Are any of the residents still alive? What kind of malevolent spirits are Charles and Anna sensing? This is the kind of book that transports the r ...more
Advance copy from NetGalley

This Anna and Charles adventure told the story I’ve been wanting to hear for a while. It actually had several revelations and set the stage for lots more to happen—in both the larger world and personally for Anna and Charles— in future books. Which is great, because I love this series and don’t want it to end. I can’t wait to see how the events of this book affect the next Mercy book, because one thing at least definitely will.

I’ll be less cryptic once it comes out, b
RachelW (BamaGal)
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
4.5 Stars. I really enjoyed this one; the adventure, the mysticism, and the outright weirdness. Charles and Anna are sent to investigate the sudden disappearance of a group of people living in a settlement far away from civilization; living on land that just happens to belong to Leah, Bran’s disagreeable mate. What starts out as a road trip to the great outdoors to solve a vague mystery soon turns into a harrowing ordeal full of twists and turns...and evil.

Damn fine storytelling here. Oh, and Le
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
OH MY! Can you say SURPRISE ending. I was elated and sad.
As for the full novel. WOW!!
I was swept away into the story and couldn't stop listening to the audiobook. I stayed up way too late.
The Alpha & Omega series is different in its passing to the Mercy Thompson series. It's a bit slow going, but then things pick up. I love seeing Anna and Charles together. Their working and personal relationship keeps growing. I enjoying getting to learn about the Merracks pack. This time around we learn more
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, urban
The repeated use of sexual assault as plot in the mercyverce is is distressing and disappointing. Once had an impact, but it’s happened so often now we’ve gone through the realm of trope and into concern for the author’s mental health with this book.
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Loved it! “Wild Sign” ranks high with “Cry Wolf” and “Hunting Ground,” which are among my favorite book rereads. This installment should not be missed. I also have no regrets paying the steep price for this kindle book, as I’ll read it again and again.
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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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