Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

dead-heatDead Heat
by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha & Omega #4
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Ace, 2015
E-book, purchased
336 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way…

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

She’d learned to argue from her father, a very good lawyer. “Let them argue themselves into your court if you can manage it,” he’d told her. “They’ll do a better job of convincing themselves than you ever could.”


“But that is the dual gift of love, isn’t it? The joy of greeting and the sorrow of goodbye.”


  • I enjoyed this latest installment about Charles and Anna. It deals with love, family, friendship, aging, death.
  • I like how the relationship is growing stronger and stronger between Charles and Anna.
  • The Fae continue to play a big part in the series–more so now that they have withdrawn from human society.
  • We see more and more just how scary and alien the Fae are.
  • I like the way Ms. Briggs uses Charles’ age in this series. He has lived a long time even though he still appears young. He’s seen many friends die and it’s very hard for him to see another friend who is old and sick. He wants to ignore that part of life. But when he’s faced with this he also is strong and knows he can’t interfere with death and a friend’s wishes.
  • I loved seeing the horses in the story. I grew up around Quarter horses not Arabians, but I’ve always been fascinated with Arabians. And what a wonderful birthday present for Anna that Charles wants to buy an Arabian for her!
  • The U.S. government is involved with werewolves now that they are public knowledge. The Fae lived on reservations for quite some time and it was easy to underestimate them, but now the government is learning that was an error. There is, of course, lots of politics involved in the interactions with the paranormal creatures and the government.


  • None!

And a few thoughts . . .

  • Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite authors. I love these two urban fantasy series and am always sad when I’m caught up with the series and have to wait for the next book. . . LOL.
  • I think I enjoy the Mercy Thompson series a little more, but really it’s more of a dead heat(!)

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Patricia Briggs lives in Washington State with her husband, children and horses. She began her writing career writing traditional fantasy (which is also very good) before switching to urban fantasy in 2006.
  • She is now writing two urban fantasy series which take place in the same world, but with slightly different though sometimes overlapping characters. The Mercy Thompson series takes place mostly in Washington State; the Alpha & Omega series mostly in Montana. Events in both series are causing more overlap in the two series which is great!

Reading Challenges

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

2 thoughts on “Review: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs”

  1. I love this series! I had a few nitpicks about this book but it was good. The government badly underestimated the Fae and the bill for that is coming due. I can’t wait to see what Briggs does with it and how it affects Charles, Anna, Mercy, et al. Like you, I enjoyed seeing how Charles deals with friends and human mortality.


  2. I loved this one too, although admittedly I’m not as big on horses as some people. I’ve always wanted to try horseback riding though, and those scenes with Kage and Chelsea’s kids riding in the show were pretty adorable! Seeing Charles reflect on his relationships with Joseph and Maggie was really interesting; getting sneak peeks into his life before Anna explains a lot about the way he is now. I’m curious to learn more about Anna’s life pre-werewolf though – hopefully Briggs will write about that more as the series progresses!


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