Sep 18, 2009

Review--Hunting Ground

Cry Wolf unlocked the doors to a unique urban landscape in "a werewolf series." Now Patricia Briggs invites readers to follow her even deeper into that seductive realm of the unknown...

Anna Lantham didn't know how complicated life could be until she became a werewolf. And until she was mated to Charles Cornick, the son--and enforcer--of Bran, the leader of the North American werewolves, she didn't know how dangerous it could be either...

Anna and Charles have just been enlisted to attend a summit to present Bran's controversial proposition: that the wolves should finally reveal themselves to humans. But the most feared Alpha in Europe is dead set against the plan--and it seem like someone else might be, too. When Anna is attacked by vampires using pack magic, the kind of power only werewolves should be able to draw on, Charles and Anna must combine their talents to hunt down whoever is behind it all--or risk losing everything...

Patricia Briggs latest new series is definitely a fave! It is just as entertaining as the Mercy Thompson series, but this one is just different somehow. We have a new set of characters and Anna is completely different than Mercy.

Anna is an Omega and is able to keep calmness throughout the pack. But mostly she just lives with Charles and tames his inner wolf if things look a little shaky. This predates the Mercy series, if I remember correctly, for the wolves have not announced themselves to the public yet, as the back of the cover describes. If I remember right, Bran had brought the wolves to the public by the time the Mercy series started.

The way Briggs writes when these different packs get together is amazing. Her writing is spectacular, vivid descriptions. You can actually sense the different cultures that are represented among the wolves. You can hear their accents when they talk.

The story line itself was good too. Simple enough as the cover describes. From Cry Wolf, we saw that Anna was still unsure of herself and her wolf, and some of that uneasiness is still present in Hunting Ground, but not as much. She is getting used to herself and her wolf. Her relationship with Charles is growing as well.

There are many enemies to uncover in this book. A lot of death occurs, and it's up to Charles and Anna to figure out what's going on before it's too late. But then the "top suspect" is murdered and it throws the 'mystery' aspect of the story through a loop towards the beginning. Anna and Charles will have to rethink who they can trust at this summit, for any one of these angered wolves could be the killer.

The story line was pretty simple. There wasn't too many subplots, which wasn't a bad thing either it was a great story. But I feel like I can't divulge too much into it since it's harder to describe the book without going into the spoilers. Overall a great read! I look forward to reading more about Anna and Charles, they have a sweet kind of relationship. A first love kind almost. They are mated, bonded and all so their love feels real and Briggs shows this to us through her writing by their actions! Complicated little sentence I know! If you've read Cry Wolf or any of the Mercy books, this is definitely one you will want to read as well!


  1. Nice review! I loved this book as well. Charles and Anna are really growing on me..I love how intimate we see their relationship.

    Now if we could just get more Bran...

  2. Yeah, I'm curious about Bran too. Especially why he really chose his current wife.

  3. I wonder if they will stay together..maybe we get more of him in the next Mercy book!

  4. I'm like 10 pages into this but put it aside to read other books! It's a safe read for me so I'll be happy to get back to it when I really need it. :)


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