Saturday, April 14, 2018

Book Review: Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

Burn Bright
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha and Omega (Book 5)
Publication: Ace (March 6, 2018)

Description: In her bestselling Alpha and Omega series, Patricia Briggs "spins tales of werewolves, coyote shifters, and magic and, my, does she do it well" ( Now mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham face a threat like no other--one that lurks too close to home...

They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok's pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.

With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf--but can't stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills--his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker--to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn...

My Thoughts: With Bran out of the country, Charles is in charge of his pack temporarily. It's not a position he has ever wanted. He doesn't get along with Bran's wife who delights in causing trouble. Anna has been deflecting her to make things smoother for Charles.

When a distress call comes in from the fae mate of one of the wilding wolves who live in isolation within the pack, Charles and Anna discover an old enemy and a traitor within the pack. Anna uses her skill as an omega wolf to free one of the wildings from a curse that has had a grip on him for over 90 years which was one of the most interesting parts of this story. I liked the imagery of this section of the story which has Anna caught in a sort of dreamworld with fairy tale images. She needs Charles's magic to help her free Wellesley's wolf from a thorn hedge. When she calls for him he is in the middle of a fight with a group of the other wildlings.

This story was interesting and moved the overall story arc along by identifying a mysterious villain who had caused problems before. But not much else happens in the book. I wouldn't recommend starting the series here but those who have read the series won't want to miss this episode.

Favorite Quote:
If she had never become the victim of the Chicago pack's desperation, who would she be?

Would she have found someone else? A boy her age? Sweet and strong, full of hope -- unfouled by centuries of killing? Could she have made a home with some other man? Had a dog, a couple of cats, and 2.3 children?

The only thing that he knew for sure was that Anna wouldn't have been crying over a pair of dead werewolves, one of whom she'd tried to save and the other whom she had killed herself.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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