Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs

February 6th, 2015 Kimberly Review 69 Comments

6th Feb
Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
Cry Wolf
by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #1
Published by: Penguin
Narrator: Holter Graham
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Now Briggs begins an extraordinary new series set in Mercy Thompson's world—but with rules of its own.  INTRODUCING THE ALPHA AND OMEGA NOVELS... Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.

In August, I read an anthology collection by Patricia Briggs called Shifting Shadows. I am a huge fan of the Mercy Thompson series, but in the collection, there was an Alpha & Omega story. I knew I had to visit this world and bought Cry Wolf on audio. I am so glad I did. I love how the world crosses over into Mercy’s world. As for Anna and Charles –le sigh.

I should mention that I first met Anna and Charles in the novella Alpha & Omega in the Shifting Shadows anthology. While it is not necessary to read first, I do feel it gave me a connection to the couple. It is available as a standalone novella. I was going to take this audio on a date and then realized the synopsis reveals absolutely nothing so I decided to do a break it down review because – spoilers darling.

The World: If you have read the Mercy Thompson series, you will see characters you have met previously in Cry Wolf, and hear references to Mercy and Sam. I absolutely loved this crossover. Charles Cornick takes Anna back to his pack where his father- Bran, aka. the Marrok is Alpha. We learn Asil the Moor’s background and the reasons he wants the Marrok to put down. Spending time with the Moor was fascinating.

The Characters: Anna has been a wolf for three years, but her background was abusive and she does not understand who she or how a pack works. At first, you think she is weak, but Briggs’ allows us to see her grow and her strength emerges. Charles Cornick is the packs assassin. He seems standoffish, and does not necessarily have a way with words. Charles and his wolf, whom he refers to as Brother Wolf have chosen Anna as their mate. He is strong, noble and protective without being overly aggressive, which I found incredibly sexy. Asil has always been a character I found interesting and the banter between him and Charles had me giggling. Men and their posturing oh I loved it!  We see many sides of Bran, including his darker hidden aspects. Interaction with the pack showed us many different personalities and I look forward to reading more.

The Plot: Briggs knows how to deliver action and she had me listening non-stop. There is a lone wolf killing in the mountainous woods not far from the pack. Bran believes it may be another pack concerned about his threats of going public. He sends Charles to handle it and Anna accompanies him. The ground is covered in snow and they meet far more than a lone wolf. Soon Asil and Bran are involved. We see power struggles and the battles are intense. Many things are faced on the side of the mountain some good, bad and others heartbreaking.

“Of course, if Charles found out his father was out here, too, the damn fool would probably head right back into the maw of danger; he was that kind of heroic idiot.”

Romance: The romance is sweet, and not without complications but we see growth and bonding. I so enjoyed this aspect and it endeared me to the main character. The bonding or mating is different between them and Briggs made me feel their connection.

“If she know how strongly he felt, she’d have run out the door. He wasn’t used to the possessive, or the savage joy she brought to his heart. It ate at his control, so he turned his attention to the music. He understood music.”

“She understood his passion because she felt the same way: as if nothing was more important than the touch of her skin to his, as if she’d die if he left her.”

Narration: I was at first surprised by the male narration choice, but Holter Graham soon proved he was perfect for this series. I loved the voice and tone he used particularly for Anna and Charles. His accent lent to the story and I quickly feel in love with his soothing tone.

Cry Wolf was an exciting listen and I cannot wait to return to these characters. Fans of the Mercy Thompson series will undoubtedly love it.

*While Penguin has sent me paperback versions, I am going to continue on audio the first time through with the exception of book 4, since I have an advanced copy. I will then listen to it and will let you know if the audio enhanced or changed my opinion. Stay tuned.

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About Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

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69 Responses to “Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs”

  1. Melliane

    YOu know I have a problem with this series, it’s ok but I’m not hooked, you know what I mean? So I have book 2 for years and I haven’t read it. I didn’t even keep the books 0.5 and 1. But I know that one day I’ll read but well I largely prefer Mercy.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      The books get stronger and 3 and 4 were really good. Keep reading Meliiane

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, they belong to a pack, we do see witches, FAE and other creatures as well throughout the series Alreem

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I do love that we get to see other beloved characters Jessica.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have already read Dead Heat and loved it, although I will get the audio since this is the format I prefer for this series.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I got book 4 before reading this and while I was waiting for publisher to send me books 1-3 to read I realized I had snagged Cry Wolf during some deal on audio. I will continue on audio and will still listen to Dead Heat.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I knew there was a reason I adore you…you enjoy all the books I do 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I like that it mixes in cases or mysteries and other supernatural creatures. You should try to snag this from the library.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have been the same Grace, it really is one of my favorite genres on audio

  2. Rita

    You know Patricia Briggs must be a great author if I read her on occasion, and I am definitely not a UF fan! I read this one a few years ago, and then I read all but the last 2 Mercy books too. I just like her style of writing and I picked her up on a whim years ago when I found a used paperback of hers. Enjoy them all!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      You need to catch up, I l have already listened to 2 and 3 and read 4. They just get better.

  3. Sophia Rose

    Now I just did the opposite of you hand had already read all the Charles & Anna and Mercy books, but just got around to Shifting Shadows recently (some stories were rereads for me including Alpha&Omega. Loved it! I look forward to the new Charles & Anna.
    I am intrigued to try a re-read some day by listening on audio to see how that alters the experience. Glad the narrator is good.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am all call up, I did the first three on audio, read Dead Heat but will get the audio too since I love them so much.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thank you, I answered on your blog and appreciate you thinking of me

  4. Ramona

    I read Mercy Thompson a while back and enjoyed it a lot. I think I always intended to read this too, I’m not sure what happened… (Note to self: You’re really getting old and losing it. Be careful!) Right… So, beautiful review, as ever 🙂 Thanks for sharing your book wisdom with us!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Holter rocks and oddly enough when I read Dead Heat I could hear him narrating in my head.

  5. Melissa (Books and Things)

    I have decided I need to catch up on the Mercy books before I catch up on this series (I’ve read the novella and 1st book). I agree with your review and I really enjoyed this one too! I might have to see if I can get the rest on audio since it is voiced by someone different than the Mercy books (LOVE Lorelei but want her the voice of Charley for now…).

    I’m also curious to see if the audio changes your thoughts on book 4.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Audio is the way to go, I have listened to the first three now and read Dead Heat, but love Holter reading them.

  6. Lark

    Good review, Kimba! I’ve only read a few werewolf books, and none of Patricia Briggs’ novels in either series. Is this a good place to start, or should I try the Mercy Thompson series first?

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have a few series where I read book one and life got in the way..hope you revisit them

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo I look forward to that. I finished Dead Heat and the series just gets better with each installment

  7. Lola

    I read this one, but thought it was slightly confusing at the time. I vaguely remember there was a short story or something that took place before it, that I should’ve read before. haven’t read the Mercy series, although I do plan on reading it eventually. Great review KImba!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, I think reading the novella first is almost essential.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      They are all so good. I finished Dead Heat and you will love it 🙂

  8. Mandy

    I don’t know how I feel about a male narrating than again I don’t do audio books. However very tempting. the Alpha & Omega series is one of my favorites next to Mercy Thompson of course. I’m so jealous you have an advanced copy. I can’t wait to get my hands on the newest one. Thanks for sharing!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      He really does a fantastic job. Dead Heat was fantastic you will love it.

  9. Leeanna

    Hah! I JUST reread this series this weekend. I read DEAD HEAT, which prompted me to reread the first three, and I *just* finished the novella in ON THE PROWL, which I hadn’t read before. I love Anna and Charles. My review of DEAD HEAT is gonna be one long gush fest, lol.

    I’m not big on audio books, but after your review of the audio version, I might check it out.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I loved Dead Heat too Leeanna. The books just get stronger.