Series: Alpha & Omega
Published by Orbit, Penguin on March 6, 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Source: Received from Publisher
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Burn Bright is the 5th book in Patricia Briggs’ Alpha & Omega series, which is part of the Mercy Thompson world. This much anticipated installment follows Dead Heat, released in 2015. Briggs still enthralls me with her beautiful storytelling, but somewhere this book fell short of my expectations.
Burn Bright gives us some more in depth insight into various pack dynamics, including Leah, the Marrok’s (Alpha of all packs) mate. The depth certainly gave me a greater understanding of Leah and I enjoyed obtaining the understanding for her resentment of Mercy. Unfortunately it also added a new and uncomfortable creepy factor of the Mercy / Marrok dynamic, which caused some unease. I didn’t want it to get creepy. And it did. <Especially if you read the last Mercy Thompson book>
Charles and Anna are a beautifully unique pair. Their interactions translate well onto the page and their love for one another warms my heart. Burn Bright has a bit of an unusual conflict going on and Anna and Charles were certainly the best team to deal with it. Meeting some extremely unique new members of the world was probably one of the things that will stick with me the longest. These members also appear to be the bridge into an entire new series arc, but only time will tell if I am right or not. Learning about the members living on the outside of the pack dynamic provided a layer of understanding of how some don’t fit and how they were cared for and also, how they were put as risk. Burn Bright is a good read. Beautiful writing allowed me to fall into the story and added a lot to the world building, but feeling unsettled left me a bit deflated and I think Burn Bright felt a little disconnected from the last two books.