Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha and Omega #5; Mercy Thompson Universe #15
Published March 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 Stars)
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…
Patricia Briggs remains one of my favorite Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance writers of all time. This installment had a bit of a darker and introspective tone than previous ones, and rightfully so given everything the author has gone through the past year.
Burn Bright sets up the ball for future drama in the series and expanded universe, while remaining a strong installment in its own right. The tension is constant, and the dash of mystery thrown in just sweetens the deal. While the action was great, what made this book a real hard-hitter was the focus on relationships between mates and pack members. Some significant deaths happen throughout the book, and the way that the others must deal with it and survive is focused on.
I truly hated the character Leah before diving into this installment, but she has truly grown on me. So much more is learned about her and her inner workings in this book, and she has become a much more sympathetic character in my eyes. I’m *almost* (who am I kidding, I totally am) looking forward to finding out more about her and her relationship in the future!
All of the turmoil really helps Anna figure out who she wants to be and what she wants to try to do in the future; I can’t wait to see how she develops further in future books! The change apparent in Charles already over the course of 5 books is so heartwarming as well. I have a really hard time trying to decide if Alpha and Omega or Mercy Thompson is my favorite series, and this book only makes it harder! Briggs’ last two novels are some of my favorite in either series!
I can’t wait to read more from this incredible universe, and am in denial that I will have to wait another whole year. I realized reading through this book that I have forgotten a lot of the other things that have happened in this 15 book mega series because there is just SO MUCH, so a reread may be in order!