Back when I discovered Patricia Briggs for myself it was because I’d noticed her latest Mercy Thompson series novel on the New York Times best sellers’ list. It was then that I came across her Alpha and Omega series which is written from the viewpoint of an Omega werewolf, Anna. On the Prowl is the first in the series and functions as a short story introduction to the storyline and tells of how Anna the Omega is discovered by the Marrok’s son, Charles and there begins the adventure.
Set in the same world as the Mercy Thompson series but in another city, the Alpha and Omega novels take us deeper into the world of the werewolf and give a more intimate look into their society. These books are set in an earlier time than the Mercy Thompson novels so if you plan to read them all, like I did, then start with Alpha and Omega series.
Once again, true to Briggs’ style, there’s some romance (actually more in Alpha & Omega than Mercy) and plenty of action. You are going to encounter a few other supernatural beings, such as witches, but nothing like the diversity in the Mercy novels. This doesn’t detract from the story offered in Alpha & Omega at all because, as I mentioned earlier, it is about the werewolves and how they change, what they go through, how they interact, etc. Briggs sets out the rules and experiences of the American werewolf society and let me tell you – it’s an interesting and action packed ride. I loved these books and once you get involved in the story it’s nice to be able to move on to Mercy Thompson and still hear about some of your favourite characters from Alpha & Omega. However the newest installment to the series is set to be released late 2011 so we’ll be able to continue the adventure then. I don’t want to divulge plot details because the surprises are worth it. I really enjoyed reading the series and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy. Embark…you won’t regret it! The verdict: LOVED them all – can’t wait for the next one!
Here’s a map of Seattle as in Alpha & Omega where only some of the action takes place.
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