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Alpha and Omega: A Companion Novella to Cry Wolf (original 2009; edition 2008)

by Patricia Briggs (Author)

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In Cry Wolf, New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs started a new urban fantasy series set in the world of Mercy Thompson but with rules of it's own. Now, read the eSpecial, Alpha and Omega, the novella that inspired the new series, and see how it all began.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… (more)
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Title:Alpha and Omega: A Companion Novella to Cry Wolf
Authors:Patricia Briggs (Author)
Info:Berkley (2008), 352 pages
Collections:Fantasy
Rating:*****
Tags:werewolf, fantasy, alphaomega

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Anna was never given a choice. Violently attacked by a member of the Chicago werewolf pack, Anna has had to learn quickly to survive as a female werewolf. Abused by her own pack and beaten into submission. But when she discovers her pack involved with murder, she must make a hard decision. Going above the Alpha of her pack, she calls on the Marrok, leader of all the North American Wolves. In response, the Marrok sends his son and enforcer Charles to find out what the Chicago pack has been doing. What Charles doesn't expect is for Anna to be so severely mistreated by her pack. A family that is supposed to look out for one another. Together the two will discover the evils the Chicago pack has taken part in, and that Anna isn't just any werewolf.

Alpha and Omega does a good job setting the stage for a new urban fantasy series. Patricia Briggs tactfully inserts all the rules of werewolves within just a few short chapters. And while it's not necessary to read this before the series, it certainly gives the reader a better overview of the world.

This was a second time read for me, and I enjoyed just as much as the first time. While Anna seems like she would be a weak female character given what she has experienced, she is quite the opposite. She knows how to avoid trouble, but at the same time isn't afraid to confront it head on if necessary. Charles is still a bit too Alpha for me, but given he is a werewolf I let it pass without too much fuss. He does have a softer side, as evident from his interactions with Anna, but it takes a lot of effort for it to show.

The two characters complement each other well and the plot is pretty straight forward. That's not to say it isn't still interesting. It has plenty of action and of course, there's budding romance hanging in the background. Fans of The Mercy Thompson series will enjoy this new story. ( )
  Letora | Jun 15, 2019 |
My only real complaint is I would’ve liked it to have been longer... ( )
  Amelia1989 | Jun 10, 2019 |
Great explanation to the beginning of the series. ( )
  Michelle_Boyea | Jun 7, 2019 |
It was fine--I can't believe this isn't "required" reading prior to beginning the series, though. I was pretty confused when I tried to begin the official book one (Cry Wolf), and this cleared it up completely. ( )
  whatsmacksaid | Sep 21, 2018 |
Alpha & Omega
4 Stars

Solid introduction to the Mercy Thompson spin-off. This novella provides details concerning the other half of the story presented in Moon Called, i.e. what happens when the Marrok sends his son and enforcer, Charles, to sort out the events in Chicago leading up to the attack on Adam in Washington State.

I'm not usually a fan of novellas as they are often too short on story and characterization but this is not the case here as both elements are sufficiently developed and Briggs provides just enough backstory on each character to make the reader feel as if they have read an entire book. It may have helped that it is a prelude to a full length novel.

Anna starts out weak and submissive although there are hints at her spirit right off the bat and she grows in strength until she is capable not only of protecting herself but the hero as well. Charles is a dominant alpha but knows when to stay in control and when to push. His protective instincts are evoked with Anna and the connection between them is palpable.

The investigation into the wrong doings in Anna's pack is comprehensive and the ultimate villain a bit of a surprise. Looking forward to seeing where Briggs takes these characters and how their relationship develops.
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  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
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This is the story of how Anna and Charles meet. Anna was turned to werewolf against her will by a Chicago pack which has been found to be trafficking in newly turned werewolves. The Marrok, the highest Alpha in North America, sends his younger son, Charles, to discover the issues and mete justice. Charles' wolf claims Anna as his mate.
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