Hunting Ground

By Patricia Briggs; narrated by Holter Graham

Place: Publisher & Year: [New York]: Penguin Audio, 2009

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal, romance, paranormal romance, vampire

Format: Digital download – audio

Series: Alpha and Omega series; 2

ISBN: 9781440644634

Audience: Adult

Length: 8 hours, 25 minutes, 43 seconds

Setting: Seattle, WA (opening scene takes place in Aspen Creek, MT)

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: When Bran, the Marrock, plans to attend a werewolf delegation in Seattle, Charles just knows that it would be a disaster for his father to be there.  Bran allows Charles and Anna to go in his place.  The delegation will allow the European werewolves to have a chance to voice their concerns prior to the Marrock’s announcement to the public about the existence of werewolves.  Charles and Anna will have their hands full during the delegation of Alpha wolves, especially after someone threatens Anna.

Appeal factors:

Pacing: The story begins with a moderate pace which increases in speed as the story progresses.  By the end of the story, the pace is racing.

Characterization: Told in third person from both Anna and Charles’s  perspectives.  Other important characters include members of the Seattle pack and Dana Shea, a fae.

Language: Graham’s voice and character accents highlight the story, rather than detracting from it.

Frame: The title provides the frame; there is a structured hunting ground for a werewolf contest which occurs later in the story and provides a pivotal moment. There are also creatures hunting in Seattle which are introduced much earlier in the story.

Story line: An exciting and intriguing werewolf story which includes other paranormal creatures and a love story.

Subject headings:

From Pima County Public Library:

Audiobooks.

Werewolves — Fiction.

Vampires — Fiction.

Magic — Fiction.

Man-woman relationships — Fiction.

Occult fiction.

Similar works:

Kelley Armstrong – Women of the Otherworld series

Ilona Andrews – Kate Daniels series

Jim Butcher – The Dresden Files series

Personal notes: Patricia Briggs is currently one of my favorite authors.  I love her characters as well as her ability to combine intense action with sweet love stories.  I listened to most of this story in two days, but then put off listening to the ending because I didn’t want the story to end.  I’m also a big fan of Holter Graham’s narration.

Other: Diversity – werewolves of various descent (including Native American & European), Omega werewolves, witch, vampires, fae

Patricia Brigg’s website

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