Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs
Narrator: Holter Graham
Series: Alpha and Omega #6, Mercy Thompson #16
Published by Ace on March 16, 2021
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Amazon, Audible, Audiobook, Barnes & Noble, Apple
In the wilds of the Northern California mountains, all the inhabitants of a small town have gone missing. Fearing something supernatural might be going on, the FBI taps a source they've consulted in the past: the werewolves Charles and Anna Cornick. But Charles and Anna soon find a deserted town is the least of the mysteries they face.
Death sings in the forest, and when it calls, Charles and Anna must answer. Something has awakened in the heart of the California mountains, something old and dangerous — and it has met werewolves before.
I love this world with the Alpha & Omega series and connected Mercy series which we read for the Read-along in 2020. Shockingly, it has been three years since Burn Bright and I was excited for a new book. I reread the series on audio starting Christmas Day so I was all up to date when I began reading Wild Sign.
The world building in these books is stellar. The rich depth on so many things is detailed without being boring or dragging down the story. It’s natural storytelling and fascinating to read. Our main characters, Charles and Anna, continue to grow personally and in their relationship. There is also a lot we learn about Tag, Bran and Leah, Bigfoot, and Sherwood Post, too.
The plot was equally incredible with many layers of character developments plus the current supernatural threat with the government hovering on the sidelines. A key line was Leah’s history, and her history with Bran. Anna shows us a bit of her musical side. There’s an update on Samuel and Arianna who have been away for quite awhile.
The complexity of the situation and character growth is better supported by reading the series in order. Every book in the series is excellent so it shouldn’t be a problem. I enjoyed this so much; Wild Sign will easily be in my top reads for 2021. I hope there is more soon since so much is in play but maybe we will get some answers on the Mercy side.
I confess I would love to have Patricia Briggs narrate her books, except it is more important to have her write them. I am collecting (buying) this series on audio, so obviously I like Holter Graham. He makes listening easy and comfortable, to stay in the story. I feel he does a good job with the different voices for characters and even some accents where appropriate. For some reason Bran felt a little off from the previous audios but his speaking/presence is limited in Wild Sign. There are so many rich details and action in the story, I slowed a bit to 1.25x speed.
Listen to a clip:
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: