Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Now mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham face a threat like no other—one that lurks too close to home…
They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok’s pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf—but can’t stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills—his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker—to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn…
Story Locale: Alternate North America
Series Overview: Mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham go where they are needed in order to keep the peace in the North American packs, in this urban fantasy series set in the same world as the bestselling Mercy Thompson novels.
Burn Bright, by author Patricia Briggs, is the Fifth
installment in the author's Alpha & Omega series. Even though it has been 3 years since the last Charles and Anna book, the stories never get old, nor does the romance between the couple. I dare say that I enjoy Anna and Charles a whole lot more than Mercy and Adam because neither has to deal with an ex-spouse who continues to show up at the most inopportune times.
Burn Bright is a curious story about a group of werewolves called wildlings, and a danger that comes to Aspen Creek, Montana. They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek. Close enough to the Marrok’s pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.
With their Alpha (Bran) out of the country helping Mercy, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf–but can’t stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills–his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker–to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn.
They must deal with a brutal mystery and a shocking twist that will really blow readers minds. This is a story filled with some interesting background noise, but not in a bad way. There is some explanation as to why Bran's mate Leah hate's Charles so much, and gives Anna so much attitude. But, if you know anything about Anna, you know that she gives as good as she gets. There is always a questions about Anna's past and how she came to be with Charles thanks to things that happened in Chicago.
One could say that Anna is a much stronger character now than when we first met her. When things come up, she doesn't automatically look towards Charles for help in dealing with things. Although, Brother Wolf absolutely understands her emotions and really is amazing to have around. The story also contains a bit of background, via Charles, on Mercy's time spent with Bran's pack, which we knew by reading Mercy's series, and also the fact that Bran holds a special place in his life or Mercy which is the reason he isn't around until the end of the story.
I am glad that the two series are basically separate and there really isn't all that much need to have the characters continually crossing over. In fact, although we know the difficulties Mercy is dealing with, it doesn't affect what is happening in this book. I loved Asil, and Brother Wolf, and Wellesley who is one of the broken wolves that becomes part of the mystery as to what, or who is going after the wildlings. The ending IMHO saved the story for me. Then again, it leaves plenty of room for more stories. Pretty interesting secondary characters introduced in this book. We shall see if they are used again, or will fade away into the sunset. I also see a war on the horizon between Bran's pack and another villain that I will not spoil. You will have to read Wellesley's story to figure out what I am referring to.