Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Audiobook: Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

Burn Bright
Author: Patricia Briggs
Narrator: Holter Graham
Publication: Penguin Audio (March 6, 2018)
Length: 9 hours and 47 minutes

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" (USA Today Online). 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 away, Charles is in charge of the Marrok's pack. Anna is running interference with Bran's mate Leah since she is a troublemaker who doesn't like either Charles or Anna.

When a call comes in from a fae mate of one of the wildings - werewolves too damaged or broken to live in the pack or anywhere near humans - Charles and Anna head into the wild country to see what is happening.

They find that one of the wildlings has been kidnapped leaving Charles and Anna to try to recover her. She is the only one who can keep her very powerful fae mate under control. They find her and find that she has been captured by other werewolves who want her for some reason. In the rescue attempt, she is killed and shortly thereafter her fae mate commits suicide.

When Charles and Anna along with some of the others of the pack including Asil, Leah, and Sage go to do a cleanup of their cabin and burn it down to make a proper burial for the old werewolf, they discover all sorts of technological devices that have been planted around that isolated cabin to spy on them. Also, a suicide note from the fae tells them that there is a traitor in the pack but doesn't name the traitor.

As Charles and Anna search for the traitor, they also realize that they have to let the other wildlings know about this new danger. In order to alert them all quickly, Leah suggests that they divide into three groups - Charles with Sage, Anna with Asil, and Leah with Juste - to go give their warnings.

Asil and Anna go to warn Wellesley who is a wonderful artist. They find that Anna's talent as an Omega makes her very popular with the wildlings since her power lets her calm their wolves. But Anna learns that Wellesley's problem is not a wolf going crazy by a black witch's curse when she is pulled into his mind and finds the wolf covered in a thicket of bramble vines. She calls on Charles for help since she doesn't know anything about breaking a magic spell and pulls him away from a fight with a trio of Viking werewolves.

Freeing Wellesley from the spell makes them believe that the problem has something to do with the black witches since Wellesley knows a secret for making a device to control werewolves and black witches really want to know this long-forgotten magic.

Some clues lead Anna and Charles to the conclusion that Leah is the traitor and help explain why Bran is staying away from his pack. He also believes that Leah is the traitor but he can't kill his own mate. And if Charles does, the odds are good that Charles will also have to fight and kill his own father.

This story also gives some more insight on Mercy Thompson's childhood and Bran's relationship with her. It was an exciting tale and helped identify the "money man" who has been instrumental in causing trouble for the Marrok and for Mercy's pack too. I really like the relationship between Charles and Anna and like that Anna is getting some idea of what she wants to do with her life now that it looks like it will be a very long one.

I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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