5 “More Than a Sub” Stars for the story and 4 Stars for the narration!
Oh my, I’m officially in double trouble land–as I’m now hooked on both the Mercy Thompson Series and this spin-off series of Alpha and Omega! Hinting at a slightly different tone, and yet even more powered by the romance angle, Alpha and Omega fits right into the delightfully complex and well developed UF world that Patricia Briggs has begun to weave for the Mercy Thompson Series.
For those of you, like me, who are wondering were this series fits in with the Mercy Thompson Series, it can be read as a standalone. However, from a sequence of events perspective, this first book hints at an event that transpired in Moon Called, the first book of the Mercy Thompson Series. Therefore the Alpha and Omega Series can easily be listened to along side the Mercy Thompson Series anytime after Moon Called.
I have to admit that after absolutely adoring Lorelei King’s narrations of the Mercy Thompson Series books (at least the first three books which is how far I’ve gotten in that series), I was a little surprised that Alpha & Omega has a different narrator. And while I’m sure my impression of the narration is slightly colored by the incredibly high bar that Ms. King has set, I have to say that Holter Graham delivered a relatively solid performance. While he doesn’t provide as much differentiation in his characters as Ms. King, I still was able to follow who was speaking in this novella. Additionally, I felt that he imbued each character with subtle cues of the hallmarks of each’s characteristics. For example, Charles, the hero of this series (and brother of Samuel from the Mercy Thompson Series) is of Indian American descent, and Mr. Graham gives his character a mild accent alluding to the same. In turn, Anna, the heroine of this series, who initially was tricked into believing she was a submissive, starts with a more docile voice and slowly, as her personality begins to gain confidence, begins to increase the strength of her voice.
I can’t wait to continue with both the Mercy Thompson Series and the Alpha & Omega Series. In fact, I already downloaded and started Cry Wolf!
Source: Library Loan.