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.
What I liked: Listening to this series is such a full experience compared to just reading it. Mr. Graham is an excellent narrator and makes Ms Briggs world just come alive. The characters seem richer and fuller than when I had just read Cry Wolf.
Anna and Charles have had so little time together and Charles is still trying to overcome an injury he received in the previous novella, Alpha & Omega. Anna's first introduction to the pack comes in a very public forum, a funeral. It doesn't take long for several of the Pack to realize just what Anna is. She's an Omega wolf. Very rare and most valued. She doesn't have a full appreciation of her place but her special abilities are put to the test right away.
Even though Anna and Charles' wolves have claimed their mate, the human side of each of them is having a harder time. Charles has been alone for such a long time and Anna has nothing good to compare a dominant wolf to. It's interesting to see how Ms Briggs builds this relationship almost backwards. The action of the story concerns a rogue wolf, a very old witch and a "ghost" guardian wolf. It also brings some more characters into the mix.
I absolutely love Asil. I think everyone I know who has read/listened to this series loves him. He's old, likes to cause a bit of trouble and of course that trouble ends up on the pack's door step. The Marrock is not very happy about it.
The characters, their ties to each other, and their personalities are a strong point in Cry Wolf. To me, the world building is there, just not front and center. It's all about the characters and especially Anna learning to trust and help her mate. She's finally starting to come into herself. Not a lot, but just enough.
What I didn't like: There really wasn't anything for me to point out. I would have liked Anna to be a bit more assertive but I completely understood why Ms Briggs is bringing her character slowly along. No one can go through what Anna did and trust blindly and be very self assured.
I adored the background the author provided not only on Asil but on the Marrock. It explained a lot about them not only as wolves but as people.
I really loved Mr. Graham as the narrator. I even checked ahead to make sure he does the next book. The book is great but his narration made me look at the characters differently and appreciate them a bit more.