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    Romance Novel TV Book Review: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
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  • Published: Sep 17th, 2008

briggs_wolfreview.jpgReviewed by Kate Garrabrant
4.5 stars

I have been hearing about the wonderful writing talents of Patricia Briggs for so long that when I heard she had a new book coming out that will begin a new series, I decided this would be my chance to finally read what everyone was raving about. Cry Wolf is about Anna Latham, an abused woman who was brutally attack and changed into a werewolf. Anna’s story was first introduced in the 2007 On the Prowl Anthology in Briggs’ story, Alpha and Omega. Ana has been a werewolf for three years, and those years were hell on Earth. She has been part of the Chicago werewolf pack and the alpha, Leo, allowed his pack to abuse Anna both sexually and physically with daily beatings. Poor Anna is barely surviving because she has become so submissive to the point she will not look anyone in the eye and barely has enough money to buy food.

Cry Wolf begins where Alpha and Omega has left off. Anna was saved by Charles Conick, is the son of the Marrock, a.k.a. alpha of the werewolves in Montana. Charles is his father’s enforcer and came to Chicago to implement some justice. He quickly realizes two things about Anna. She is his mate and an Omega. An Omega is neither dominate or submissive but brings harmony to the wolves that reside inside in each one of the pack members. After Charles took care of things in Chicago, he and his father Bran welcome Anna into their pack and for her to move to Montana where she can get to know her mate better. Anna leaves her unfortunate life in Chicago and goes with Charles, who is now recovering from some wombs he received while protecting Anna.

Anna is very scared and not sure what to think of Bran and Charles. She knows they would never hurt her like the men that abused her in Chicago. Both the Conick men realize how special Anna is and how important she is to the werewolf community in general. Charles’s wolf would like nothing better to claim and mate with Anna, but because she needs to come with terms about herself and heal from the damage placed upon her, he will court her slowly, and by Anna living with him, it makes things much smoother.

As soon as they arrive in Montana, things within the pack are uneasy. There is a rogue wolf in the mountains killing humans and there may also be some black magic involved. Not only does Bran have problems with unrest within his pack, but there is a witch, thousands of years old, who wants to make Bran her pet, along with Charles and gain more power. Charles will go deep into the mountains to find this evil fiend and Anna will come along with him to help. Charles and Anna may make a great team, but this dark witch has powers the likes neither has seen. It will come down to a fierce battle of wits and magic to enable Anna and her mate to come out on top and bring peace again to pack and those who have succumbed to the evil in the Montana Wilderness.

After finishing Cry Wolf I have come to the conclusion that Patricia Briggs should be considered one of the few master authors of Urban Fantasy, and may have begun a whole new world of werewolf fantasy that has not been written before. The world Briggs has created had me hooked from the first page where I couldn’t stop reading for anything in the world. The action is fierce and the characters are unique in their descriptions and their thoughts.

Speaking of characters, Briggs has such a good thing with Charles and Anna. I wouldn’t be surprised if they become the next big couple to look forward to in literature. Even though we have a small glimpse of what is to come between these two, Briggs has set up a great relationship that will be built on trust, respect, and most importantly love. Charles is not that typical alpha hero we usually read, but an understanding man who has found the woman for him. He wants her to heal so their life together can be one of happiness and joy. And for that, Charles is truly a hero in every sense of the word. Don’t be surprised if he becomes your favorite hero of 2008. Anna, will tug at your heart because of the horrendous abuse she has been through. She may seem damaged, but inside, there is a strong willed woman inside who is a survivor. Her healing process will take some time and it will be an interesting thing to read, and I have no doubt that Briggs will be able to pull it off nicely.

If you have never read Patricia Briggs and want to start now, definitely read Cry Wolf. Fans of Urban Fantasy who are craving a book with well written characters and a story that has some “bite”, I urge you to go out and read Cry Wolf as fast as you can.

16 Responses to “Romance Novel TV Book Review: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs”

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  1. Andrea
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 8:08 am

    Wow, Kate, this book sounds awesome! I was curious as to why so many people raved about it, so thanks for this great review! I’ll be picking this one up. 😉

  2. Stacy ~
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 8:16 am

    I’ve never been a big fan of weres, but I’m trying. Your review is excellent, and I seriously now want to read this story. Should I read the anthology Alpha & Omega first?

  3. Gannon
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 8:24 am

    Great review, Kate! I’ve heard so much about this book, and now I see why! I will definitely go out and get this one.

  4. katiebabs
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 8:55 am

    Definitely read Cry Wolf, it blew my mind. Stacy, I was never big on were stories, but this one was so good and you should read the short story Alpha and Omege because it sets everything up for Cry Wolf.

  5. Maria Lokken
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 9:06 am

    Okay – you all know where I stand on physical and sexual abuse in a book… but you’ve peaked my interest. I’ve really gotten into Urban Fantasy of late. The world building is some of the most interesting I’ve seen.

  6. MaryKate
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 9:07 am

    Oh! Oh! Oh! I *LOVED* this book! I fell hard for Charles in Alpha and Omega. He’s just, so strong, and sweet, and caring. And he’s so tender with Anna.

    And I’m intrigued with Bran, Charles’s father. He’s the alpha to beat all alphas or the Marok, and he’s so unhappily mated. Briggs has built such a fascinating world, and it dovetails so beautifully with the Mercy Thompson series.

    My only problem with Briggs is she writes SLOW. I’d like her to do like Nora and give us five or six books a year. Even that probably still wouldn’t make me happy. 😉

  7. Ana
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 9:17 am

    Great review, Katie. I read Alpha and Omega and Cry Wolf on a binge – my first Patricia Briggs’ books and got completely hooked. I love Charles and Anna and I agree with you that they have potential to be the Next Great Couple.

  8. Stacy ~
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 9:34 am

    Okay so I’ll be reading “Alpha & Omega” first. I’m really excited about this one. Thanx Kate – awesome rec.

  9. Buffie
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 10:20 am

    Great review Kate! It does sound like a very interesting book. Does it go into too much detail on the abuse? I’m not sure about that part.

  10. katiebabs
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 11:51 am

    The abuse is talked about, no flashbacks and no descriptions but enough that you want to cry for Anna and beat her abusers into a bloody pulp. But Anna has Charles now… *SWOON DROOL TAKE ME NOW!*

  11. MaryKate
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 11:55 am

    Buffie, if I can chime in here too…

    Anna is pretty matter of fact about the abuse. It’s clear that she’s badly scarred by it. And it’s VERY clear that Charles is furious about it. And the Marok (Bran, Charles’s father) definitely makes heads roll about it. But you don’t get any flashbacks, there’s no explicit scenes about it. It’s more, just a fact about Anna’s personality and it does, at least for a while, drive how she and Charles relate to each other.

    It’s actually very, very sweet how tender Charles is with her. I mean, he’s a predator, and you never doubt that he could kill anyone, but I think that’s what makes how well he takes care of her all the more lovely.

  12. Maria Lokken
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 12:56 pm

    Thanks for clearing that up. I was concerned about reading long passages about abuse

  13. Buffie
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 12:56 pm

    Okay, now it sounds like a book I *really* need to check out. Thanks MK and Kate!

  14. Marisa
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 4:42 pm

    Ok, Kati (MaryKate) has been telling me about this book for a while. And now Kate is recommending it – and these two aficionados always have my back and never steer me wrong. At first I was a bit resistant to the urban fantasy sub-genre, but I’m growing to like it more and more. I particularly like the ‘edge’ to it. Guess this is one more I’m going to have to pick up.

  15. orannia
    on Sep 17th, 2008
    @ 10:26 pm

    I LOVED this book! Patricia Briggs is an amazing author and I’m already hanging out for the second book. Like MK, I could happily read 5-6 books by Patty Briggs per year…. And while I like the Mercy Thompson series as well, I think I may prefer Anna & Charles…probably because we get to see more of Bran 🙂

    The abuse is eluded to, not described, but you do feel the aftershocks – it affects how Anna relates not just to Charles but also to Bran and other pack members (male and female).


  16. Stacy ~
    on Sep 18th, 2008
    @ 8:00 am

    I picked up both On the Prowl and Cry Wolf last night.

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