Today's book review is Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs.
This is book 2.5 in the Alpha and Omega series (it starts with the novella "Alpha and Omega" in On the Prowl, and then goes into Cry Wolf). It's a complete episode, but it would be better to know the characters already.
Reading the first few chapters of this book, I was really in heaven. It seemed so good that I was reluctant to actually read much at a time because it would be over too soon. Then the plot really got rolling, and I couldn't put it down. It actually got just a tiny bit less good; the level of power we were throwing around started to be a tiny bit too much. But we did have an interesting tangle of villains, with some sort of expected, some somewhat surprising, and all really evil. The main characters are strong, wonderful, and heroic, and their relationship is pretty close to the Platonic ideal of love. (Which is not to say they have a Platonic relationship!) It is not that everything is perfect for them, but that they have challenges and are able to meet them.
I have a little trouble rating these books; given the depth of my adoration for werewolves, I'm going to give any werewolf book that doesn't just plain suck a good rating, and Briggs definitely Does Not Suck. I reserve 10 for books that I find no room for complaint at all, which means that this one gets another 9 out of 10 (because we get just a little too close to god-level to be perfect).
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