Anthology Review: Shifting Shadows – Alpha and Omega (Alpha and Omega #0.5) by Patricia Briggs

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Anthology Review: Shifting Shadows – Alpha and Omega (Alpha and Omega #0.5) by Patricia Briggs four-half-stars
Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha and Omega #0.5
on September 2, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 450
Format: eBook
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Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger…

A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends...

Includes the new stories...
“Roses in Winter”

...and reader favorites
“Fairy Gifts”
“Alpha and Omega”
“Seeing Eye”
“The Star of David”
“In Red, with Pearls”

OK. Not gonna lie, I can’t remember when I grabbed Shifting Shadows at all. It was sometime during my Mercy Thompson spree. I bought a shitton of Mercy Thompson books…and then I stopped reading at book three. I didn’t dislike Mercy (like her a lot, actually) but I got distracted and never came back. Shoot, I even have the Mercy Thompson graphic novel (not that I’ve even opened it).

So when I was reading a review of Alpha and Omega #0.5, I decided to give the series a try. Book one (Cry Wolf) is on sale for $2.99 so it made the perfect time to start! I grabbed book one and then searched by library catalog to see if I owned any of [the Alpha and Omega] series. The answer was yes and no: I didn’t see any of the full length novels BUT I had Shifting Shadows (Alpha and Omega #0.5 & #1.5).


I really, really liked Alpha and Omega! A LOT. I started reading it before work…and then kept accidentally falling into my ereader during the work day. O_O

Alpha and Omega was glorious. Especially for me – I’m battling a reading slump of epic proportions. I loved Anna and I like Charles well enough. What I did love about Charles was that it’s clear he’s…a person who holds things close to their chest. I expect getting to know Charles will take several books – and I’m very ok with that.

I liked the fact that the bad guy in this story View Spoiler » but I hated, hated, hated what Anna went through. What kept me from actively hating the rape trope (and thus the book) used here was that Anna is characterized as strong in spite of what was done to her – not because of. She was caught in the spider’s web for so long by the threat of violence to her family and her lack of knowledge.

Alpha and Omega is sorta like a not-Meet-Cute: the circumstances that connect Charles and Anna are horrible but he saves her…and then she saves him right back.

Alpha and Omega is the best kind of short: the kind that makes you reach for the next book [by that author/in that series] asap. Love it.

2 Responses to “Anthology Review: Shifting Shadows – Alpha and Omega (Alpha and Omega #0.5) by Patricia Briggs”

  1. Olga Godim

    I agree with your assessment. Alpha and Omega is my favorite of everything Patricia Briggs has written, and I love Anna and Charles series, much more than Mercy series.

    • MrsJoseph

      It does feel very different from Mercy even though it’s the same world! But I love that, too.

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