Thanks once again to Doug Meeks, who sent over his review for the new Alpha and Omega release, Dead Heat. Patricia Briggs is a solid, consistent favorite, and getting a Mercyverse release is always something to look forward to. The official release date for this one is tomorrow, so not long now to wait. Another great book in a week of great books.
This series revolves around Charles and Anna (the Alpha & Omega of the series name) and they have all been done exceptionally IMHO. This one was no exception to this parade of 5 Star reading in this series.
The premise is basically that the Fae are beginning to turn loose some of the most vile creatures in their world upon the human world (due partly to events in previous novels) and one of the most vile is a creature that preys upon children. Obviously, this is something that our fearless couple must deal with regardless of any other loyalties.
The interaction between characters takes up a good bit of this novel which I many times find boring but not in this case, the rest is a combination of police procedural, mystery and of course an epic ending. The point that is subtly dropped on us is that this may just be the opening move in a war with the Fey.
There is also the usual pages devoted to Charles & Anna moving their relationship to a bit deeper level. I commend Ms Briggs for not taking the road that I see in many authors in filling pages with meaningless sex. I have no problem with sex in my novels but when it is used to do nothing more than add pages to a novel I tend to skip over those parts and wonder how many useless pages a reader paid for in such novels. Patricia Briggs always seems to know the perfect balance of such things.
While I will be rounding off this novel to 5 Stars I actually rated it 4.5 because in the last 25% of the book I did have to resort to some scanning due to:
A: Nothing was really happening
B: You KNEW something big was going to happen and you wanted to get to it.
Bottom Line: Amazing story, amazing characters (love the way the secondary characters have actual personalities and not cardboard cutouts) and of course the epic ending. 4.5 Stars only because of the scanning I did in the last 25%, highly recommended BUT I am not sure this is a series you can pick up in the middle, you really need to start from Alpha & Omega and proceed from there to Cry Wolf.
I already got my copy, and choosing whether to read Vision in Silver or Dead Heat first was hard. Vision in Silver just edged it out, but I am getting antsy to get into Dead Heat.