“Solid introduction to the Mercy Thompson spin-off. This novella provides details concerning the other half of the story presented in Moon Called, i.e. what happens when the Marrok sends his son and enforcer, Charles, to sort out the events in Chicago leading up to the attack on Adam in...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Solid introduction to the Mercy Thompson spin-off. This novella provides details concerning the other half of the story presented in Moon Called, i.e. what happens when the Marrok sends his son and enforcer, Charles, to sort out the events in Chicago leading up to the attack on Adam in Washington State.
I'm not usually a fan of novellas as they are often too short on story and characterization but this is not the case here as both elements are sufficiently developed and Briggs provides just enough backstory on each character to make the reader feel as if they have read an entire book. It may have helped that it is a prelude to a full length novel.
Anna starts out weak and submissive although there are hints at her spirit right off the bat and she grows in strength until she is capable not only of protecting herself but the hero as well. Charles is a dominant alpha but knows when to stay in control and when to push. His protective instincts are evoked with Anna and the connection between them is palpable.
The investigation into the wrong doings in Anna's pack is comprehensive and the ultimate villain a bit of a surprise. Looking forward to seeing where Briggs takes these characters and how their relationship develops.”
“I really like Mercy Thompson's series. Was a little skeptical to read this spinoff but its just as good and interesting. ”MacHopper wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“La série Alpha & Omega de Patricia Briggs.
3 tomes de sortis
[Série en cours]
Bishies : Charles Cornick”
“Novella to get a glimpse into the Alpha & Omega series before beginning. It was great for a novella. Moved quick, got a lot of information in a few pages without feeling overloaded and rushed. Has me interested in reading the series. I may be biased because I like werewolves/shifters the most. I like that there seem to be slight difference then the typical wolf lore. I am really excited to start reading the first full length in the series.”Vera wrote this review Thursday, April 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Its almost a darker version of the Mercy Thompson series, but still just as good and gripping. SOO excited for more!”Charlene Newbold wrote this review Wednesday, April 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"On the Prowl"”Katharine G wrote this review Tuesday, February 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this story in an anthology of a series of stories, book call on the prowl. Alpha & omega charles & anna. poor anna tramazied for long year before enough is enough & seek help from Bran the Marrok. The marrok send his son charles who is his right hand killer. All fear charles, then charles wolf's knows when he ses anna she is his mate. Only anna has problems due to her packs treatment to her & charles care for anna he fears she will not want him for who he really is a killer for his father for the pack. Anna knight and shinning armor is a wolf in sheeps clothing only anna & her wolf can choose to be mated to charles.”JV wrote this review Monday, August 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Anna lives in the Chicago area and is part of Leo's pack. Leo is the Alpha of his part of Chicago and has done something that Anna does not know what to do about it because she is a submissive and he is Alpha. The third in the pack gave her the number to the Marrok the king of the werewolves in North America. So she calls the Marrok Bran and tells him that she saw in the newspaper a picture of a boy who was missing and later found dead. Thing is Anna saw this boy alive in a cage about a month ago. So the Marrok tell her he is sending an investigator.
This investigator is the Marrok's youngest son, his second pretty much, and executioner, Charles. Everyone in wolf packs know that 1) Bran is very old so Charles should be too meaning he is very dominate and strong. 2) Charles is the only werewolf born 3) He does not talk much and does not like to be touched.
When Charles meets Anna at the airport he see the state she is in weak with hunger and on last leg but her spirit is strong. He can tell she is not submissive but in fact an Omega. Omegas can calm crazed wolves and do not have to obey an Alpha she is the check in the balances. Another thing Charles's wolf has decided that Anna is his mate. Together they investigate Leo and what is going on in his pack.”
“This novella was originally part of the ‘On the Prowl’ anthology. It is essential to read this first, as it sets out the major players in the series. It is my understanding that those who have read Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series will already be familiar with the characters and world, although I haven’t read that yet.
Anna Latham was changed into a werewolf against her will three years ago. She is considered a “submissive” werewolf, which means she is at the bottom of the pack and is routinely used, abused, and beaten by her pack-mates. The Alpha of the pack, Leo, often “gave” her as a reward to the other males in the pack when they did something to please him. Leo’s mate, Isabelle, finally put a stop to it when she saw that Anna had been cutting herself with a silver knife. Anna would have killed herself if Isabelle didn’t intervene. Some of the older and stronger males in the pack have been killed off, presumably ordered by Leo who wanted to get rid of anyone who could challenge his authority, as well as all the other females except for Anna. Leo’s pack is one of two in the Chicago area, and they apparently don’t get along.
Anna sees a picture of a teenage boy in a newspaper article, who disappeared with his date after a high school dance. Her body was found mauled by animals, but his body never turned up. She recognizes the boy in the photo as one that she had seen in a cage that houses new wolves at Leo’s house, and she is concerned because she believes that Leo ordered the attack. Anna knows that her pack has serious issues within its ranks, and she feels driven to do something about it. She calls the Marrok in Montana, who is the leader of all the wolves in the North American region, and tells him of her suspicions. She is surprised to learn that he is already aware of Chicago’s problems and has sent his son, Charles, to deal with it. The Marrok, Bran, asks Anna to meet Charles at the airport.
Charles Cornick isn’t just the Marrok’s son; he is also the Enforcer or Assassin who acts on his father’s behalf to settle problems among werewolves and take care of (read:kill) those that need to be dealt with. His mere presence instills fear and awe in those around him, wolf and human alike, because of his dominant Alpha nature. His inner wolf immediately bonds with Anna and chooses her as his mate. This takes Charles by surprise, as he had all but given up finding a mate after being alone for over 200 years. When he realizes how Anna has been abused, he can barely control his rage and anger. Anna isn’t just any werewolf, and she is not a submissive. She is an Omega, a rare werewolf to be treasured. She cannot be controlled by the Alpha, which is why she was able to summon the Marrok in the first place. Leo obviously knew what she was and that is why he had to beat her down. He tried to control her by breaking her, but Anna didn’t quite break. As an Omega, her gift is to bring peace and a sense of calm to the pack and those around her. Anna is stunned because there is so much that she does not know about being a werewolf, and she had never even heard of an Omega!
Charles has also inherited a few gifts of his own. Although his father, Bran, is a Welshman, his mother was Salish. When she became pregnant after the Change, her father who possessed magical abilities helped her to stay human so that she could carry the baby to full-term. Charles’ mother did not survive childbirth because she was so weak from resisting the Change each month with the full moon. Charles was born a werewolf; he was not Changed. This has given him a few extra magical talents, such as having the ability to Change quickly.
Charles is determined to deal with Leo and his pack-mates for the atrocities perpetrated against Anna. It normally happens that the human chooses a mate, and the inner wolf follows. For Charles, it happened backwards. If he had his way, he would have taken things slowly to woo Anna and to not scare her off by his intensity. However, Anna is reading him all wrong and he needs to let her know just how badly he wants her and to prove his loyalty to her.
Charles to Anna: “If you had let me,” he said, “I’d have courted you gently and won your heart.” He closed his eyes. “I didn’t mean to frighten you.”
Briggs is a new-to-me author, and I was immediately drawn into her world. Anna is a survivor, and you cannot help but feel for what she has gone through. Her strength has enabled her to adapt and to survive against the odds, especially since she has been given so little information about werewolf customs and history. Most of what she has been told has been inaccurate. And who wouldn’t fall for Charles? He is fiercely protective of Anna, which I love! He is a little bit thrown by his feelings for Anna, and he grapples with these new emotions. I love Anna’s cheekiness and how she likes to show Charles a little defiance, which sounds like something that he is not used to!! I wouldn’t expect her to have so much sass, not after all the abuse she has suffered, so it is a credit to her character. It was nice to see their relationship develop, but it also frustrated me because they frequently failed to read each other correctly which created a lot of angst!
I do not normally choose to read novellas but, in this case, it is a necessary part of the series. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it and how I was quickly taken into the story despite its brevity. I have my iPod already loaded up with the next three audiobooks in the series! I am already hooked!! I enjoyed it so much that I have created another reading challenge: 2012 Patricia Briggs Werewolf Challenge!
MY RATING: 4 stars!! It was really good, and I expect that the series is going to get even better as more of the story unfolds! You should put it on your TBR list! ”