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Hunting Ground (Alpha and Omega Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 25 Aug 2009


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; First Printing edition (25 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044101738X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441017386
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.1 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,347,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia Briggs graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German. She worked for a while as a substitute teacher but now writes full time. Patricia Briggs lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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A new compulsive page-turning adventure in the tense Alpha and Omega sequence by New York Times bestselling queen of urban fantasy Patricia Briggs. --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.

About the Author

Patricia Briggs graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German. She worked for a while as a substitute teacher but now writes full time. Patricia Briggs lives in the Pacific Northwest. --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Oct 2009
Format: Paperback
After the hard time I had with the original tale in this series I decided to give the second novel a go as most of the ground work had been accomplished in the original and I was hoping to see how the characters would grow within their relationship. Whilst Mercy is more action driven, this series is more the emotional romantic aspect of the supernatural genre allowing mellowness that some might think is missing from Mercy's outings.

This time, now that they're married, the two characters are still "feeling" each other out emotionally as each seeks a way to make sure that they're respecting the others boundaries and trying to demonstrate their own individualities to the other so that their partnership can grow stronger. Its well written, the characters do grow but I have still not shaken that feeling that I had from the previous offering about the inner strength of likeability to do with these two. As secondary characters, they would be acceptable, intriguing even, but I am still not sure that they are truly alpha material to be honest. It is stronger than the original; the script flows better but at the end of the day Mercy will remain my favourite series by Patty.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Aug 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Imagine if the werewolves were considering coming out of the fur coat closet, and held a conference to debate it.

It's a rather boring-sounding idea. But since Patricia Briggs is a truly brilliant urban-fantasy author, she is somehow able to spin straw into gold in the second full-length novel about the Omega werewolf Anna and her Alpha mate Charles. "Hunting Ground" is a solid little bundle of subplots and warring supernaturals.

Sent to the Seattle conference, Charles and Anna encounter lycanthropes from across Europe -- Russians, Italians, the British lord Arthur, and he savage Beast of Gévaudan, Jean Chastel. Warring opinions and old grudges (plus Chastel's general savagery) cause plenty of tension between the various groups, and Charles finds that while Anna's Omeganess eases some of the conflict, she's freaked out by all the dominant males.

But Anna is attacked while shopping with her new friend Moira -- by a gang of vampires using werewolf magic and tactics. And then Arthur's wife is brutally killed by the same gang, and someone murders Chastel. Now the fragile peace between alphas starts to unravel and fae magic starts to manipulate them -- and to save his beloved Anna, Charles must uncover who is mad enough to do all this.

The previous "Alpha and Omega" stories have been about the world of werewolves almost exclusively, and "Hunting Ground" expands its focus -- we've got the cruel fae Dana, and a cruel gang of vampires. But the focus is still mainly on werewolves -- their subculture, their leaders, and the place of the Omegas when surrounded by a bunch of grumpy Alphas.

The biggest flaw is that the book is a loosely woven affair without much central plot until the last few chapters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Book Gannet VINE VOICE on 13 Oct 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bran Cornick, the Marrok and leader of all the werewolves in North America, has decided that it's time to reveal themselves to humans. As such, he's invited the European wolves over to discuss matters. But rather than have Bran lead the talks, his son Charles has convinced him to let him go instead. Charles' instincts tell him it would be very bad to let Bran go, and Charles is a wolf who listens to his instincts.

So he heads off to Seattle with his newly-mated wife, Anna, and they soon realise that something is amiss amongst the European wolves. Now all they have to do is find out who... and why?

After the intense ending of Cry Wolf, Hunting Ground picks up a mere month later, meaning that all the cracks and difficulties of Charles and Anna's relationship are still there. Not that they have much time to work through them, but Briggs is very skilled at handling damaged characters, without making them weak, or their troubles superficial.

Anna's progress in this book is wonderful, as she slowly faces down troubles - with help from some brilliant supporting characters like Moira, the blind witch, and Ric, the Austrian omega - and gradually grows stronger. Even with Charles shadowing her every step, Anna finds her own strengths and proves to be a force in her own right.

Not that Charles doesn't have issues of his own, but Anna's are more noticeable. I love how their relationships deepens throughout this book, with many of their own developments echoing the main points of the plot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Claire Mill on 26 Oct 2009
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Hunting Ground is the second in the Alpha and Omega series, which is the spin off series to one of my favourites, Mercy Thompson. A&O follows Charles Cornick, son of the leader of all American wolves Bran, and his new mate Anna.

Anna and Charles have only been mated, and married, for a month, and they haven't known each other much longer than that. They're still trying to get to know each other, adjust to shaving their lives, and Anna is trying to get over the pain and fear that her first alpha inflicted on her for three years. But around the foreign wolves, Anna and Charles need to show unity, not weakness, so they're playing it by ear. Anna is a rare thing among wolves, she's an Omega. And that makes her something of a trophy in the eyes of some of the foreign wolves. When Anna is attacked though, Charles realises that they may not be the only threat to her.

The most frustrating thing about this book is that the attack and murder mentioned on the blurb, doesn't happen until 3/4 through the book. So you know it's going to happen and the rest is really build up for it. Bad summery on part of the publishers would be my guess on that one. The other thing I found frustrating, was that I figured out who the killer was, pretty early on. So for me, the tension just wasn't there while Anna and Charles figured it out.

The development of Anna and Charles relationship was good though. The way they were learning about each other and didn't try to run from the other too much. although they both felt the need at times. It's good and sweet, but I didn't hang on it. For me to really get in to a relationship in a book, I really need to be able to fancy the guy, and with Charles, I just don't. So there isn't a whole lot of tension to their relationship like there could be.
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