Alpha By Rachel Vincent
A very satisfying conclusion to this series, Alpha is an engaging, action-packed read from start to finish. Vincent proves she’s a talented writer as she brings the final battle to epic heights and proves some sacrifices are worth making. Spoilers ahead.
Publisher’s Description: The unscrupulous new Council chair has charged Jace, Marc, and me with trespassing, kidnapping, murder, and treason. Yeah, we’ve been busy. But now it’s time to take justice into our own hands. We must avenge my brother’s death and carve out the rot at the heart of the Council.
It’s not going to be easy, and loss seems unavoidable, but I have promised to protect my Pride, no matter what. With a target on my back and Marc at my side, I’m heading for a final showdown that can–that will–change everything forever. A showdown I’m not sure I’m ready for.
But life never waits until you’re ready.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Though I’m not marking it down for predictability, it’s pretty obvious what the prior five books have been shaping Faythe into becoming. So when her father dies during a fight and leaves her to become the new Pride Alpha, you kind of expect it (the title of the book itself also kind of gives it away). Her family and allies stand with her, though they too are grief-stricken and vengeful. But being Alpha means you have to prove you’re worth it and Faythe, though she tries her best, loses to a competitor and loses the ranch and her family’s territory over it.
But six books have also taught us that Faythe isn’t going to back down – and she’ll need all the allies she can get as the final battle between the Malone group and his allies versus everyone she loves. Blood is shed as the claws come out and there’s terrible deaths on each side, but ultimately, this has a very happy ending. Marc and Faythe get an especially good one as well. Though the ending is rather open-ended, leaving us with Faythe’s world victorious but in serious need of rebuilding, it’s nevertheless a good ending.
What I love most about this series is the engaging shapeshifting scenes and the continual buildup of side plots – from family dramas to romantic ties, every chapter is filled with action, emotion, and great writing and world building. If you’re a fan of shapeshifters, romance, and darn good storytelling, this is a series for you. A shiny five for a really awesome book.
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