The latest Alpha and Omega installment takes place immediately after the events in the last Mercy Thompson book, Silence Fallen. While Bran is off in Europe as part of the Mercy rescue team, Charles is left in charge of the pack. When a distress call comes in from one of Bran’s wildlings, Charles and Anna head out to their territory to investigate. What follows is a very well done mystery full of betrayal, death, and witchcraft, and a much deeper look into pack politics and relationships.
While I have mad, mad love for Mercy and Adam, Charles and Anna hold a special place in my reader’s heart. I love their relationship. Charles’s dominance, and the wisdom that comes with his long, eventful life, play off beautifully against Anna’s Omega ability to calm even the most aggressive wolf. I love how they love each other. Anna understands that Charles’s role as pack executioner and bogeyman sometimes leave a stain on his soul, so she’s always trying to protect her mate. Charles truly sees and acknowledges Anna’s strengths and is always steadfastly by her side. They have an honesty in their dealings with each other that I love.
Burn Bright takes place entirely in Montana and while the pacing felt a little slower than previous installments, I quite enjoyed getting to know a few of the pack members a little better and seeing how they interact with each other while Bran is away. Leah, Bran’s mate, gets a considerable amount of page time, and in fact plays a huge part in this story. If you are like me, and have always wondered about her and Bran’s seemingly cold relationship, and what exactly her place is within the pack, I think you will be pleased to finally have some clarity. She’s not as bad as I’ve always imagined, in fact I developed a respect for her and her strength. Asil, Sage, and Bran’s broken wolves are also featured and learning more about their backstories was one of my favorite parts of this book.
While there is a lot of character development, and fleshing out of pack dynamics, there is also a very well done mystery. I applaud Ms. Briggs, because even while I felt like the pace was much slower, and repeatedly wondered where everything was going and when it would get there, Burn Bright held my attention and kept me glued to the page until the moment when all those plot threads started to slowly come together. Then I couldn’t read fast enough to get to the answers I was craving. Those answers, and the events that lead up to them, had me on a roller coaster of emotions. Anxious for Charles and Anna, angry at whoever the traitor might be, angry at Bran for leaving them in this situation essentially blind and playing catch up, saddened when characters who’ve survived so much in life are killed, and finally satisfaction to see how everything wrapped up.
In the end I very much enjoyed my journey back into the Mercyverse and getting to spend some time with Charles and Anna. I never realize how much I miss them until I dive back into the newest Alpha and Omega. My only regret is not holding off longer to read, (I’m writing this review right before New Year’s) because now I’ll have to wait another year to get back to this world. Final Grade-B+
Mine. All mine. All of his beauty of body and spirit was hers.