Blurb: For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way…
Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.
Review: I really kind of wish that in my theme of re-reading books this year, I’d taken the time to re-read the rest of the books in this series before I’d read this one. It has been too long since I read the last one that it took me a bit here and there to remember some of the things that had happened in previous books.
For me, even though I really did enjoy this book, it felt a bit slow starting out. I really kind of think that is on me rather than the book, though. I had to stop a couple of times to either try to remember an incident from previous books, or go and read the burbs to refresh my memory here and there. Finding the right balance in too much or too little previous history in a book can be a hard line to find. I don’t think that is an issue here, it is more that I just really, really need to understand what is in front of me whether it is critical to the story or not. I don’t think that most readers would find this as slow to start as I did.
As with all the rest of the books in this series and in the Mercy Thompson series, this is another great story. I have loved the dynamics in the relationship between the main characters, Charles and Anna, and this book continues to keep those dynamics interesting in the process of still giving the reader a great story outside of that relationship. For a lot of authors, that is something that is really difficult to accomplish. Most can pull off one or the other, but rarely both. That is not a difficulty Patricia Briggs has, not by a long shot.
I love that the story resolves the immediate issue that arises with the missing children (I hate full on cliff hangers), but gives the reader some great insights into what is going to be happening next in this world, both the Alpha and Omega series and the Mercy Thompson series.
As of right now, the next book in this world is in the Mercy Thompson side and isn’t due out until 2016.