Alpha and Omega
Author: Patricia Briggs
Title: Alpha and Omega
Series: Alpha and Omega .5
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: Four Petals
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Anna Latham never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack... and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the Chicago pack, she's learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But when she discovers wrongdoing in her pack, she has to go above her Alpha's head to ask for help.
Charles Cornick is the son — and enforcer — of the leader of the North American werewolves. Now his father has sent him to Chicago to clean up a problem there. Charles never expected to find Anna, a rare Omega wolf — and he certainly never expected to recognize her as his mate...
Anna is suffering as a newly created werewolf in a pack that hurts her. Still, when she learns of an injustice committed she can't help calling for help. Except, when Charles appears, Anna doesn't know whether she'll lose her heart or her life first.
When I first picked up this story when it came out a few years ago, I didn't know what to expect from a Briggs short story. I definitely don't regret taking that chance. Out of all of Briggs books, this one might be my favorite. This story has a ton packed into a few short pages. There's drama, and love, and an evil scheme, and it all flows together almost seamlessly. I have reread this story at least a dozen times and I know I will read it again a dozen more. The best part of it is that this story is so wonderful it even spawned an entire series.
If I had one complaint about this story, I would have to say it's far too predictable. I could see where Anna and Charles were headed from the very start and I figured out the true bad guy the second they were introduced. However, the predictable plot doesn't diminish from the excellent characterizations and the expansive world building, which is why I still really enjoy reading this story.
I know sometimes readers don't want to pick up a short story in a series until after they've already fallen in love with the rest of the series, but this story is different. A, it's essential to understand what's happening in book one. B, it's just that good a story. That is why I recommend it and the rest of the series.
Maggie reviews paranormal and fantasy novels and novellas. She also interviews authors and hosts giveaways.