“You cannot look at a person, and say, ‘If I could change this or that, if I could pick what I want and discard other things, I could love this one.’ Such a love is pale and weak—and doomed to failure.”
I really enjoyed this book!! It is very different with some unexpected discoveries.
Published: March 6, 2018
Stars: 5 out of 5
Now mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham face a threat like no other–one that lurks too close to home…
They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok’s pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.
With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf–but can’t stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills–his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker–to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn…
The book opens with a prologue that although was beautiful to read, I struggled to understand the meaning behind it. But I should have known Patricia Briggs wouldn’t have put something in the story unless it had a purpose. So fear not, it doesn’t take long before the prologue clicks and begins to make sense.
This series, as always, is so enlightening when it comes to the inner workings of Bran. I always though of Bran and Mercy’s relationship as one similar to a father daughter. But I am shocked that as far as Bran is concerned, there are deeper feelings involved.
“I do,” she said. “I even understand it, much as it pains me to say so. Bran is funny about Mercy. If you were that funny about Mercy, I would feel the same way Leah does—no matter how likable I might find her.
. . .
He threw up his hands. “Okay. Yes. I saw it, of course I did. As did Leah. But my da would never have moved on Mercy. Say what you will about him—but his wolf has accepted Leah as his mate, and he will not cheat on her. And Mercy has never seen him as anything except a father figure and her Alpha. That’s what she needed, and that’s what he gave her. I don’t think Mercy has ever recognized that it could be more than that.”
Wow, I am so torn by this. On one hand I would love a spinoff series with Bran at the center, especially those early years when Mercy was still living in Aspen Creek. I think I would love a spinoff for Bran in general. On the other hand, where did these feelings come from?!?! Thinking back to the Mercy Thompson series, there is a possibility that Bran always felt this way and I just assumed it was coming from a place of fatherly love. But then that complicates things, especially where Samuel is concerned and that family dynamic just got really weird! I am going to have to think on this…
Charles is a bit reckless in the beginning of this book and it puts him and Anna in a really tough spot. Thankfully, that isn’t a consistent theme throughout the book. Charles and Anna continue to grow closer and as their relationship continues to develop, they seem to become stronger together.
Wellesley’s story is so sad. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure Anna could help him and I really wanted her to be able to help him. Wellesley’s story is so complex and a good lesson why you don’t assume what others are going through because you will probably be wrong. Wellesley is known as the schizophrenic, mad wolf, which makes him the perfect wildling. And as you know, no one listens or believes the mutterings of a mad man…
In this book, Charles and Anna are fighting against time to figure out who the traitor is amongst them. I must say, when the truth comes out, everything leading up to this moment makes more sense. Bran’s ‘vacation’, secret pact knowledge somehow leaking out and given to enemies.. But the truth is much more complicated and it is never exactly how it seems.
Leah’s character was at the forefront of this book. Although I really don’t like her, there are aspects about her that I respect and empathize with. Her and Bran’s relationship is heartwrenching. To be tied so closely to someone you know doesn’t love you, that would be painful. Painful watching the love Bran has and so freely gives out to those select few and know that will never be directed at you. I can see resentment can build.
This book went by far too fast! I really wanted the book to last longer and I even tried doing just that. But nonetheless, I finished the book in under two days. As I turned the final page, all I could feel was satisfaction and content. This book is so well written and the plot is both exciting and mysterious. I love the heartache and twists Patricia Briggs adds into her stories.
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