Title: Fair Game
Author: Patricia Briggs
First published March 6, 2012
293 pages, Hardcover
ISBN: 9780441020034 (ISBN10: 0441020038)
Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Alpha and Omega series, brings you a world where werewolves have revealed themselves to humans. Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, two werewolves with opposite personalities, have mated.
Charles, being the son and enforcer of the leader of the North American werewolves, is a dominant alpha, while Anna, an omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind. With werewolves now in society, any mistakes could lead to bad publicity for them.
They must punish infractions that could have been overlooked in the past. Charles is feeling the strain of doing his father’s dirty work and that’s why they are sent to Boston.
The FBI requests the pack’s help on a local serial killer case. They soon discover that all the victims were werewolves.
Someone is targeting their kind, and Anna and Charles have put themselves in the killer’s sights.
About the Author
Meet Patricia Briggs, a talented writer with a lifelong passion for books. Born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian, Patricia grew up surrounded by literature and developed a love for fairy tales and stories about horses.
As she got older, her interests expanded to include folklore and history. With a degree in history and German from Montana State University, she briefly worked as a substitute teacher before deciding to pursue her writing full-time.
Patricia now lives in Montana with her family and six horses, dedicating her time to crafting engaging fantasy novels that captivate her fans.
Fair Game by Patricia Briggs is a captivating addition to the urban fantasy genre, showcasing the author’s expert storytelling and character development skills. Published in 2012, this book continues the adventures of the beloved werewolf couple, Anna and Charles, who were introduced in the Alpha and Omega series.
The author, Patricia Briggs, is a renowned writer in the fantasy and paranormal romance genres, with numerous books and series under her belt. Fair Game marks the third entry in the Alpha and Omega series, which is set in the same world as her popular Mercy Thompson series.
The novels in this series follow the story of Anna, a rare Omega wolf, and Charles, the son of the Marrok, the leader of all werewolves in North America. The story is set in the present-day Montana, where the Marrok comes under attack from an unknown enemy.
Charles and Anna are dispatched to investigate, but the mystery only deepens as they uncover a sinister plot involving fae and human politics. As they work to prevent a war between the different supernatural factions, they also face personal challenges, including deep-rooted traumas and insecurities.
One of the strengths of Fair Game is the well-crafted characters, who feel like real people with complex emotions and motivations. Anna and Charles are both flawed but likable protagonists, whose relationship and internal struggles form the heart of the story.
The supporting characters, such as the Marrok and the fae queen, are also fleshed out and add depth to the world-building. Another highlight of the book is the seamless blend of action, romance, and political intrigue.
The plot is gripping, with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. The author tackles sensitive issues such as discrimination, PTSD, and abuse, with sensitivity and nuance.
The addition of fae mythology and politics adds a new layer of complexity to the world-building, making it a standout in the genre. However, there are some minor flaws in the novel.
The pacing could be slow at times, which may dampen the tension and suspense for some readers. Some plot points could also be predictable, especially for veteran readers of urban fantasy.
Overall, Fair Game is a must-read for fans of the Alpha and Omega series, as well as urban fantasy enthusiasts. It is a well-written and thought-provoking novel that explores important themes while providing an exciting and engaging story.
The book receives a solid four out of five stars for its excellence in writing, character development, and world-building.