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This review is from: Hunting Ground (Alpha and Omega Novels) (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.
With hints of Arthurian legend and touches of psychology, Briggs reveals yet more about the glorious werewolf society she's created, and drops even more hints about the most mysterious one of all, Bran - though his appearances are sadly few. Yet at the heart of everything Anna and Charles work as an efficient, engaging duo that I can't help but love.
At times dark and mysterious, but with hints of humour and romance sprinkled amongst the politics and the action, the Alpha and Omega series grows stronger with every offering.