Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Ace
Released on March 6, 2018
Anything by this author is a cancel all appointments, ignore all chores, take the phone off the hook, and settle in for a one-sitting read. The addiction is real and well-earned. This was another fabulous outing for Charles and Anna.
Burn Bright is the fifth of the Alpha & Omega series, but also the #15 of the Mercy Thompson world. Personally, I do not read the two series or think of them as separate, but rather just two sides of the same coin. And, I think it works best that way as both series have parallel plots. Burn Bright takes place immediately after the events of the Mercy Thompson, Silence Fallen. However, it is also versatile in that a reader can probably get away with only reading one series or the other if that is their preference.
Charles has been left in charge of the Aspen Creek Pack while Bran goes to help rescue Mercy. He is not pleased with this state of affairs and then he takes a distress call from one of his da’s wilding wolves- strangers on their lands and a traitor in their midst.
I enjoyed the action and suspense as Charles and Anna work to figure out what is going on and prevent an insidious plot even while the story highlights just how far they have come as a mated pair and individuals. Anna is faced with the demons of her past and Charles with letting her be who she is without smothering her and respecting her as his equal partner and not just his mate needing protection.
Another great piece was the spotlight on Bran’s cranky, haughty mate, Leah. She is given a prominent role and, yes, I’m going to say it, I loved it. What this book revealed about Leah, and even Bran, was as captivating as the exciting parts. The dynamics between Leah and Charles as step-family and even a small peek into Leah’s history particularly with Mercy was engaging.
Oh, and Charles and Anna are surrounded by the fabulous cast of recurring color and quirky minor characters in Aspen Creek and some great new ones- Asil the Moor, Tag, Sage, and so many others. All are one big crazy family and pack. And yet, it was tension-wrought as someone, known to them all, was a pack traitor and selling them out.
As, with each new story, Patricia Briggs reveals more magic and legend- fae, witch, and werewolf in this case. That battle Anna and Charles fought to save the wolf was one of the best scenes. I don’t think I breathed. There were several exciting moments and the end was a great climax. A new worthy enemy is revealed and left me eager for what is to come in the series.
Some of the best Urban Fantasy out there and not to be missed by fans of the genre.
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