Thursday, December 29, 2022

Audiobook Review: Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs

Wild Sign

Patricia Briggs
Narrator: Holter Graham
Series: Alpha and Omega (Book 6)
Publication: Penguin Audio (March 16, 2021)
Length: 11 hours and 23 minutes

Description: 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 number one New York Times best-selling 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 their possessions behind. With a mystery on their hands and no jurisdiction on private property, the FBI dumps the whole problem in the lap of the land owner, Aspen Creek, Inc. - a.k.a. the business organization of the Marrok's pack.

Somehow, the pack of the Wolf Who Rules is connected to a group of vanished people. Werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham are tasked with investigating and soon find that a deserted town is the least of the challenges they face.

Death sings in the forest, and when it calls, Charles and Anna must answer. Something has awakened in the heart of the California mountains, something old and dangerous - and it has met werewolves before.

My Thoughts: This sixth in the Alpha and Omega series has Anna and Charles traveling to Northern California to look into the disappearance of a town that just happens to be on land owned by Leah, Bran's mate and Charles' step-mother. 

They discover that the town, now empty, was once populated by white witches. They also discover from the local sasquatches that the area is one they avoid because of some ancient evil that lives there. The more they explore the deeper they get into trouble. Anna's musical ability provides a link for the ancient being to grab a hold on her. And clues in the empty town lead to a nursing home staffed by black witches who are sucking the magical power from other witches they are holding prisoner. Since one of the prisoners is a man Charles has been looking for after he discovered that he led a very large child trafficking ring which turned the children into empty husks, Charles feels that the man is getting what he deserves. 

When he learns that the black witches have made a deal with the Singer in the Woods, the need to kill that entity becomes even more necessary. But how does one, even one as formidable as a werewolf, kill a god?

When Anna is kidnapped to bring her to the Singer in the Woods, Charles and Tag and Leah who has run from Montana to California have a battle on their hands. Luckily Bran is on the way with a sword made by the Dark Smith which has already killed one immortal if they can just survive until he gets to the fight. 

A quick visit from Coyote helps to seal the deal too.

This story gave a look at Leah's past and at her relationship with Bran and made an unsympathetic character through all the earlier books more understandable and maybe more likeable. I love watching Anna grow into herself and love watching how her relationship with Charles is changing both of them.

Urban Fantasy fans will enjoy this new episode in a great series.  

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

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