5 big ‘ole stars
I just love anything Patricia Briggs writes. It’s just awesome. This is the third installment in this series (which is a spin off series from the author’s Mercy Thompson series, so start there if you need to start at the beginning). From what I could gather, it picks up about one year after “Hunting Ground” ended. The werewolves are out to the public and need to be on their best behavior. Because of this, Bran is more strict than usual, which means that Charles is sent out often to kill those wolves bringing bad publicity to them. This is taking its toll on Charles and he is pulling away from Anna to protect her from these consequences.
Bran sends Anna and Charles to help the FBI with a serial killer case in the hopes of 1. providing some good publicity for the werewolves by helping to catch a bad guy with their superhero powers and 2. giving Charles a break from all the killing. They quickly discover that besides the three recent werewolf killings by this serial killer, that the killer has been murdering and torturing the fae for decades. When a prominent fae, Beauclaire, finds that his daughter has been taken by this killer, he joins the hunt as well.
Anna and Charles are having a hard time during this book and at times that is hard to read. I think one of my favorite scenes was on the island that was so full of black magic that it was affecting Anna and she was telling Charles that she wasn’t good enough and she would just leave and Charles had to get in her face and the resulting nookie. I didn’t like Leslie as much as I was supposed to. I didn’t dislike her, but she didn’t do much for the story line (except her card). I really enjoyed meeting Isaac (the Boston Alpha), he was smart and knew how to handle Charles almost as well as Anna. Beauclaire did a sneak attack on me. It wasn’t until the last 10% that I realized that I loved him.
The next Mercy Thompson book comes out in 2 weeks and I am pretty sure that you should read this book before Frost Burned is released because the ending is a game changer for the series. Of course, I am sure that the author will explain it to you in Frost Burned, but you should live it for yourself in Fair Game because it was A-W-E-S-O-M-E!
Favorite Quote: (there were a couple but I finally ended on this one, it sums up the book well)
“Never accept the blame for what evil people do. We are all responsible for our own actions.”