Title: Hunting Ground
Author: Patricia Briggs
Published: 25th August 2009
This book is a very enjoyable read; it is just the right mix of suspense, mystery and romance.
Anna and Charles attend a conference in Seattle, on behalf of the Marrok, to address the concerns the Alpha’s have about the plan to come out to the humans. The trip takes a turn for the worst and Anna and Charles have to find out who is behind the vampire attacks, without getting themselves killed in the process.
Anna really shines in this book; she has become such a mature and confident character who is able to show the other wolves what being an Omega really means.
The way that Charles and Anna are with each other is captivating, they are constantly trying to protect each other and obviously love each other but they still seem to be walking on eggshells which I found made them both feel more real.
I had two absolute favourite scenes in this book:
- When Anna draws on Charles’ power through the mating bond and stops everyone in dead their tracks; and
- When Anna asks for permission to take part in the hunt and Charles tells her it was never his decision to make.
“If it would benefit you, I would kill every wolf here. But there are things that you need to do — and interfering with that is not protecting, not in my book. The best way for me to protect you is to encourage you to be able to protect yourself.”
There are so many characters in this book, between the Gray Lords, the Troll, the Vampires, the Witches and the multitude of Wolves. I found that all the characters were portrayed extremely well and didn’t feature a lot of unnecessary embellishment.
The story moved forward in a fast-paced yet consistent way and I loved that in almost every chapter a little more of the characters was revealed.
“Women are the bloodthirsty sex,” said Ric sadly. “We get the reputation, but it is only because the women stand behind us, and say, ‘Kill it. Squish it.”
My only gripe is that while parts of this book kept me in absolute suspense, there were parts where I found myself bored or confused because the point of view suddenly changed or a scene was happening for a second time but from another character’s point of view.
Overall I loved this book, the depth and realism of the characters, the intense plot and the politics were fabulous. The book doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, but I am pleased to know that there is more to come in Fair Game.