Saturday, April 21, 2012
Fair Game by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was a more substantial story than the previous books in the Alpha and Omega series, because this was a pretty serious police procedural mystery, in addition to dealing with Charles and Anna's relationship. It was nice to see Anna stepping up as a confident and competent woman, and to have her be seen that way by everyone she encountered, most of all including Charles and Bran. Her strength of character may have been a tiny bit over-emphasized, but it wasn't a big annoyance. Charles's struggle with his role as Bran's enforcer made sense given his character development as well, it really used his history and nature. The resolution to his troubles may not have been as satisfying as I could have hoped for, it was a bit abrupt, but it wasn't awful. The mystery was very good overall. I really enjoyed the interaction it allowed between the humans, werewolves and fae, and the secondary characters were quite good. I did have my suspicions about how things would play out, but it there were layers to the story that kept it interesting. And the twist in the end was terrific. It will have a huge impact on the next Mercy book, but I'm sure Briggs will be explain it enough that anyone who hasn't read this yet won't feel lost. (But of course it will be more fun if you've read this first.)
Note: This book takes place just after River Marked in the Mercy Thompson series. The official timeline is on the author's forum site.
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