I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
Published by Ace on March 8th 2018
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Urban
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In her bestselling Alpha and Omega series, Patricia Briggs "spins tales of werewolves, coyote shifters, and magic and, my, does she do it well" (USATODAY.com). 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.
Patricia Briggs was one of the first authors I read when I was introduced by a friend to the PNR genre. I am a big fan of both the Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series so I was thrilled to have an opportunity to review Burn Bright.
I have loved watching the relationship between Ann and Charles develop over the series and adored that in Bur Bright we get to see how much Anna had grown. Anna was so broken when she first came to Charles so I loved that in Burn Bright Anna was so much stronger and got to be someone who was actively protecting some of the most vulnerable members of the Morrok’s pack.
The Wildlings were such an interesting group of wolves and I hope we get to see them in the future. It’s a fascinating contrast to have characters that are simultaneously broken in some fashion while still being incredibly dangerous. Briggs did an outstanding job of making the reader feel both compassion and fear for each of the Wildlings we met.
Bram’s wife Leah is a character I have mostly despised through both series, but in Burn Bright my feelings have softened a bit. In Burn Bright we get to glimpse the softer side of Leah. Ultimately Leah makes decisions that are for the best of the pack and I think I finally understand that the reason that Leah is so hateful is because she truly loves Bran and doesn’t get the same love back from him. Therefore everyone else that Bran shows any affection for is just a reminder of what she doesn’t get from him. Seeing that Bran had to leave rather than deal with Leah himself when he believed that she was the traitor gives me hopes that perhaps we will get to see the two of them get closer in the future.
I won’t spoil who the traitor was, but I will say I was so disappointed to find out who it was. I would never have guessed that it was this wolf which I suppose was the point. It’s just hard to find a character that you have enjoyed wasn’t at all who you thought they were. My only consolation was that the back story that explains why this wolf was a traitor was masterfully done.
As always I look forward to the next installment into the world of Mercy, the Marrok, Charles and Anna.