Hunting Ground (Alpha and Omega #2) by Patricia Briggs

BriggsHuntingGroundReleased: August 25, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 286
Publisher: Ace Books
ISBN-13: 978-0-441-01738-6

Hunting Ground is the second outing for Charles and Anna. Here’s the blurb from the back:

Anne Latham didn’t know how complicated life could be until she became a werewolf. And until she was mated to Charles Cornick, the son–and enforcer–of Bran, the leader of the North American werewolves, she didn’t know how dangerous it could be either…

Anna and Charles have just been enlisted to attend a summit to present Bran’s controversial proposition: that the wolves should finally reveal themselves to humans. But the most feared Alpha in Europe is dead set against the plan–and it seems like someone else might be, too. When Anna is attacked by vampires using pack magic, the kind of power only werewolves should be able to draw on, Charles and Anna must combine their talents to hunt down whoever is behind it all–or risk losing everything…

In this book, we see a lot more personal growth for Anna, though not so much for Charles. Charles remains something of a mystery, unfortunately. But it’s nice to see Anna come a bit more into her own. It’s also interesting to see more about werewolf politics and the implications coming out will have for them. What tickled me the most, though, was the inclusion of Tom and Moira from Briggs’ short story in Strange Brew (reviewed here). I thought they were great characters and it’s nice to see that their relationship has actually progressed from their initial encounter (in the anthology). I really hope we get to see more of the Emerald City Pack soon.

Hunting Ground also contains our first encounter with the European werewolves, including Jean Chastel, the Beast of Gévaudan. The Beast of Gévaudan was a werewolf who terrorized the French countryside in the 18th century and it was cool to see him incorporated into this story, and given a slightly different story to make it fit with Briggs’ mythology. The author did a really great job of incorporating European myths and legends into the book. (Chastel is not the only one; there’s Arthur too!)

Once again, not a fan of the artwork. I was going to say it’s better than last time but I’m not so sure…I know the author has very little say into it but Briggs has such fantatstic covers for her Mercy series that this makes me sad. But that’s really my only quibble with the book.

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