Friday, September 18, 2009

Review - Hunting Ground

Title: Hunting Ground
Author: Patricia Briggs
Publishing Date: August 2009
Genre: Paranormal
Rating: A-
Sensuality: Warm

Anna and Charles' story continues with the second book in Patricia Briggs Alpha and Omega series. Hunting Ground picks up soon after where the first book Cry Wolf left off. Anna and Charles are living together among the Aspen Creek Pack. Charles is the son of Bran, the Marrok of the North American werewolves and also Bran's second in command or enforcer. Charles has the dirty job of carrying out Bran's orders, which often means executions of disorderly werewolves. Bran has decided to come out to the public about the existence of werewolves. A meeting will be held in Seattle that the European werewolves will attend. Charles will go in his father's place.

Patricia Briggs is a master storyteller. Even in an industry flooded with paranormal/shapeshifter romances, she is able to keep her series fresh and interesting. Charles and Anna are strong characters whose many layers are peeled slowly like an onion. Where Cry Wolf focuses more on Anna, Hunting Ground focuses more on Charles. Charles often keeps to himself staying to the perimeter of social interaction. He does this as a way to keep a distance between himself and the other pack members, because one day he may have to take their life in following Bran's orders. What the pack members don't realize is that Charles is a warm, sensitive and loving man, but they only see his cold, enforcer side.

The world Briggs has created mostly mirrors our own. Just thrown in crazy, supernatural creatures like wolves, witches and the Fae and now you are in another reality. The beauty to Brigg's writing is that even though these creatures may be supernatural, they have human characteristics. They hate. They love. They lust. They fear. This gives the series a more realistic feel to it.

I am loving this series. Patricia Briggs is an awesome writer! Her writing is flawless and her characters are realistic and memorable. A reader can't help but fall in love with this world she has created. Bravo Ms. Briggs!

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This book can be purchased in print or kindle format from Amazon.


Leslie said...

Loved the review Jill. :) I really need to read this soon. The reviews have been so positive, I don't think Briggs can write a bad novel. :)

Mandi said...

You are right that she is a master storyteller. I love how intimately Charles and Anna's relationship is examined while also having action and mystery blended in. Really love this series - and Mercy too!

nath said...

Wooohooo! So glad you enjoyed the book, Jill :D I thought it was a great book :) and you're right, Hunting Ground does seem to focus a little bit more on Charles... Hmmmm.

Patti said...

I just got this book last week, I'm looking forward to reading it!

Jill D. said...

Leslie - I know. I have read all the Mercy books and these two in the Alpha and Omega series and I haven't given any of the books below a B+ rating.

Mandi - Yes, this is one of the few series where the romance and mystery is very well balanced. I love that neither takes precedence. Each play an important role.

Nath - LOL, you seem surprised! As far as I am concerned Patrica Briggs is on a role. She can do know wrong!

Patti - Don't wait long to read it. I promise you won't be disappointed in this series.

Christine said...

I love this series. Not quite as much as Mercy Thompson, but I definitely wait impatiently for the next story just as much.

SarahT said...

Great review! I have this one on my TBR pile and will get to it soon.

Jill D. said...

Christine - I was like you last year when I read Cry Wolf. Mercy was still number one on my list, but now I think they are equal. I will read anything Briggs writes!

Sarah - Great! I can't wait to see what you think!

amanda said...

i just red the book cry wolf and now i really want to read hunting ground!!! cant wait to start reading it!!!<3

Jill D. said...

Hi Amanda! Thanks for visiting. I think Hunting Ground is even better than Cry Wolf. You should really enjoy it!