Title: Cry Wolf
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #1
FYI, while this is the first book in the Alpha & Omega series I highly recommend reading the prequel novella, Alpha & Omega. It is the true beginning of Anna and Charles’ story and this book picks up the day after that novella ends.
Anna and Charles are newly mated and are still getting to know each other. Anna is struggling to deal with her PTSD from the frequent abuse from her old pack. Before they can get a few days alone, Charles is sent into the mountains to hunt a rogue wolf. This isn’t any normal rogue though.
Anna and Charles have a lot of things to work out in their relationship. Anna is struggling to cope with being mated and in a new town and house. She barely knows Charles but she feels safe with him, even if her trauma causes her to feel fear. While we see some work on their relationship in this book, it wasn’t as much as I was expecting. Also while Anna does help with the rogue wolf and witch situation, she doesn’t really feel like the main focus in this book. The focus was more on Charles, and on stopping the wolf and witch.
In this book, we get to learn a lot about Charles, his father, and Asil, who is a pack member. Charles is a lot more than just his father’s killer but that status makes him feared by everyone. He is used to being alone because of this. I really enjoyed getting to know more about him and his father the Marrok. Bran is always so aloof and strong, but in this book we are reminded that he is still just a man and can be felled. Asil, also known as the Moor, is a very fascinating character who I instantly liked. His history was very sad but he does finally have some peace.
Another thing I enjoyed about this book (and series), is that it is dual POV. In the Mercy Thompson series, we only really get Mercy’s point of view, so it is nice to finally have both characters’ reactions to the events, especially since there are some relationship barriers in this one.
Trigger Warnings: Anna was beaten and raped repeatedly. She was also turned against her will.
Previous books and reviews for the series:
#0.5 Alpha & Omega