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Title: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Midangel on July 29, 2008, 08:23:12 am
I loved this book, as I knew I would :D

What I loved most about this book, was what Fairyfreak said above. The insights to Bran were indeed fascinating. Not only did we learn more about him,and past events that happened to him, but more about his relationship, or should I say his wolf's relationship with Leah. I still can't stand Leah, but I we now know why he mated to her. While I do feel sorry for her in a way, she is still a horrible and yes, mean women. I hope that Bran, somehow finds someone new, but if he lets himself love again, what would happen to the tightly controlled beast, that for now, is under control with his  mating bond with Leah.

I simply just adore Charles and Anna. Anna, is such a loveable character that you can't help but champion her on. Through out the book, slowly Anna learns more about herself, and Charles. The way he changed into human, despite being badly wounded, just so he could convey to her that he wants her to stay, really touched on how much pain he would go through for her.

It was also interesting, how after they did have sex, the mating bond didn't come into play straight away. Only in the mountains, after the fight with Mariposa did the mating bold happen. When she took and held his hand, my heart just simply melted.

Now I definitely want to seem more of Asil! He was a very dark, and complex character. I wasn't sure of him, until we found out that the witch, Mariposa actually stole his mating bond from him and Sarai. Is it me, or did anybody think that something could develop between him and Sage. I cant wait to see more of Sage, and the way she stood up for Anna when icky Leah  tried to browbeat Anna down. Despite Leah being the female Alpha, Sage spoke her mind.

I just have to say, Patti you have done an outstanding job on Cry Wolf, and I cant wait for the next book.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Has on July 29, 2008, 11:00:55 am
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It was also interesting, how after they did have sex, the mating bond didn't come into play straight away. Only in the mountains, after the fight with Mariposa did the mating bold happen. When she took and held his hand, my heart just simply melted.

That was one of my favorite parts  ;D- but I think it was in that moment that they both fully worked as a team and Anna's self doubts and the protectiveness that Charles had for her were the factors that was holding them back.
I cant wait to read the sequel to see what the gift will be and I wonder if we will see the mating ceromeony in Bone Crossed or in a later book because I was disappointed that we didnt get to 'see' that.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: horsehearted on July 30, 2008, 05:01:56 pm
i got it yesterday and read into the wee hours of the morning to finish it, that being said, i'll obviously need to reread it.
BUT
i find that i can connect more with Anna than i could with Mercy. Mercy can kick butt, she makes trouble with vampires and the fae and doesn't really give a damn as to the consequences. As much as that makes for great story telling, its exhausting to try to imagine someone really doing all that. Anna's humanity and her flaws make her so much more appealing to me. She is someone that would react to situations as i would. She definitely does not feel in control of her life, but she's trying to make it work. And that cat! in the very beginning she shows just how compassionate she really is by feeding a cat! i loved that! there she is dead tired from waitressing, which really is exhausting, and she sits for an hour so a cat won't go hungry.

She has an endurance that isn't often found in main characters, its easier to just make them the center of everything, but Anna sat on the sidelines for years, and took abuse, and she'll be ok. This is a character i can respect, and definitely enjoy in the books (lots hopefully) to come!
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Zealith on July 31, 2008, 06:39:28 pm
This is kind of a connection between CW and the excert from Bone Crossed - Adam wants Mercy to get counciling, but it is pretty much a given that she won't go to a normal councilier, but what if she talked with Anna? After all, Anna was raped too, and seems to be learning to deal with it.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Patti L. on August 03, 2008, 03:45:20 pm
Well, we've only seen Mercy interacting with a very few Marrock pack members, and some were different from the few we saw in this volume, so it's hard to tell, in some ways, how different that interaction is.  But you're most likely right; Mercy is - instinctively? - confrontational or at least contrary, rejecting authority, while Anna would (if it hadn't been for Leo & Co.) probably have thought she was as rule-abiding as anyone.  The lessons Leo & Co. beat into her tell her to slide under the radar, mostly obey, otherwise just hide & slide.  Her omega nature, however, leaves her able to be essentially as contrary as Mercy, but without the aspect of making people want to whomp her, and without her wanting to be contrary for the sake of it.  She understands and accepts the need for the rules & power structures better, perhaps because of her omega nature.  She just has the inner strength to see & act when it's better the rules don't apply to her for whatever reason.

Did that make any sense?
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Perkinator on August 03, 2008, 04:12:42 pm
Well, we've only seen Mercy interacting with a very few Marrock pack members, and some were different from the few we saw in this volume, so it's hard to tell, in some ways, how different that interaction is.  But you're most likely right; Mercy is - instinctively? - confrontational or at least contrary, rejecting authority, while Anna would (if it hadn't been for Leo & Co.) probably have thought she was as rule-abiding as anyone.  The lessons Leo & Co. beat into her tell her to slide under the radar, mostly obey, otherwise just hide & slide.  Her omega nature, however, leaves her able to be essentially as contrary as Mercy, but without the aspect of making people want to whomp her, and without her wanting to be contrary for the sake of it.  She understands and accepts the need for the rules & power structures better, perhaps because of her omega nature.  She just has the inner strength to see & act when it's better the rules don't apply to her for whatever reason.

Did that make any sense?


Yes. It does. I loved how Patricia used the pack structure that normally makes the Were's strong, to weaken them through the magic of the black witch. I love how the Anna naturally circumvents the pack magic and kills the witch.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: charmed on August 03, 2008, 05:30:03 pm
I loved the way Anna translated that into Latin, that made me laugh.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Gerd D. on August 04, 2008, 01:27:57 am
I loved the way Anna translated that into Latin, that made me laugh.
I kinda liked the Latin for showing a Anna that was holding on to her emotional stabillity on her bare fingernails. The way she used it and the explanation she gives for its use sounded a lot like beginning regression. So I'd hope that she looses that trait with time because it made her sound ... uhm, a bit silly.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: e_booklover on August 04, 2008, 07:57:34 am
I liked the Latin.  It seemed to me like she was reminding herself of happier times and also at the same time showing that she wasn't entirely beaten down.  I also agree that as she grows more comfortable and confident that her usage should decrease so it would only come out when she was feeling really stressed, and that would be a clue to anyone who knows her that things aren't good.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Elle on August 05, 2008, 04:27:18 pm
Both as individuals or as a couple.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: munkee on August 10, 2008, 06:31:11 am
I loved cry wolf, but something about charles grated me a bit...lol he just doesn't seem male enough. he gets too surprised about anna and in awe and wonder and so forth and it just doesn't seem real. lol guys don't normally come to those conclusions I guess. BUT hey, that's why this is fiction.  :D


I loved this book because it explained a bit more of mercy's world ( yeah, I guess I include charles and anna into mercy's world, even though anna and mercy haven't met)...I have a feeling that some people won't get into it should they not read mercy's books first.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Gerd D. on August 10, 2008, 08:06:12 am
Funny enough I remember reading somewhere else that they didn't like Charles acting so typical male towards Anna, i.e. not talking things out but rather keeping his thoughts and feelings to himself and brooding over it.
Which was one of the main things I liked about the book, to have a male character that acts more natural and isn't the all empathic 'I know what you're feeling right now' type without coming off so selfabsorbed that you have to wonder 'why does she put up with him?'.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Patti L. on August 10, 2008, 08:16:42 am
I think that the material where Anna was trying to cook the stew and Charles took it over pretty much showed why Charles was not talking to her, and that she knew it, even if it didn't help make her feel secure.  He's been doing for himself for 200 years; he's not used to having someone to share chores with and talk to, talk with.  They're going to have that to sort out, along with her probably having to push him a little to talk to her. 

But she didn't talk to him very much either, please note.

Something I noticed in re-reading the other day, and that struck me;  Charles can smell when someone 'calls his/her wolf' to help them with a problem, besides the eye color change.  But Anna had just called up her wolf enough to change her eye color and then let her subside, in the steamy bathroom, and apparently he didn't smell that.

Or am I mixing the previous evening with the morning?
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: jenglows on August 10, 2008, 03:13:36 pm
I'll need to re-read also to refresh, but  I thought that part of why Charles couldn't sense her Wolf was partially the Omega effect.   Anna's wolf is not as intense, perhaps?  Or maybe her wolf was putting out the emotions that he expected and with his injury and the omega effect he just wasn't up-to-par on detection?
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: white_unicorn on August 10, 2008, 10:36:03 pm
I loved the book, I am waiting for the printed version so that I will re read it when I am alone...

As for Charles, It was quite typical behavior for someone who lives alone for a long time and is close to only 2 people as his role as his father's hit man doesn't really allow him to socialize too much.

Anna's wolf came out only to an extent, giving Anna a bit of her power, Charles I guess with the injuries and the need to protect her, [or his wolf- I just thought of that so bare with me- His wolf is mated with Anna's at the time but the bond isn't completed as the human parts haven't built the trust and acceptance required. So, what if Charles's wolf sensed Anna using her Wolf's power and decided to ignore it for both their sakes? so that Anna and Charles could come closer as their wolves would? ] I am not sure if that makes sense, but It could be Anna's wolf masking her interference so that they would try to bond, and that Anna can try to overcome her fears and doubts...

it could be only my wishful thinking... and I sure can't wait to read their next adventures as well as their relationship's issues.... I hope we will get to see some of Anna in Bones Crossed.... that would be fun....
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: rox_squirrel on August 11, 2008, 04:44:16 am
i think that the way Anna was using her wolf to give her extra confidence was so small a change that Charles didn't really notice it until he really started looking for it.  yeah he doesn't notice it at first, but later after he starts thinking that the wolf might be helping her, he does notice it and i think he remarks on it being a really small thing that he only notices because he's specifically smelling for it

also remember, he's only expecting the wolf to be in ascendance if her eyes have changed.  since they haven't, he doesn't know that the wolf is helping.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: white_unicorn on September 08, 2008, 12:50:16 am
not only her eyes but her scent as well!!! and it was too subtle a change to really notice it until he was searching for it.

Ah, really with so many great men around (in the books I mean) how are we supposed to 'accept' what we have in normal everyday guys?  ;D Oh, well... I guess my standards will have to come back to the height they were before meeting Charles, Sam, Adam and the rest.... (meaning guys from other favorite series....)

also, I just remembered, in the book all happen in what? 2 days? but it really looks like 4 or 5 and I was thinking that Anna couldn't change back to wolf... "How can it be she only changed once..." and then of course it hit me that she changed once to go to sleep with the others, then changed back to talk to Asil and Charles... and stayed humans... from that point till the end when she says she cannot change to wolf it had been... less than 24 hours.... and I guess that should go to the Ask Patty thread but I.'m really not in the mood to re-arrange my thoughts there and put my 'thtupid' questions on top of everything else that our Hostess has to deal with...

So it's only a guess that the new wolves only change once a day or it depends on how tired they are but older wolves can have more changes... though not too many... and I just remembered the scary thought that both Anna and Charles had at a time, "getting stuck in the middle" brrrr... that was scary....

oh... my mind just can't stop... okay last ramble... I was really wondering about Charles seeing the Angel and how it helped him through his darkest night.... I know we don't get to have this answer soon... but... I hope we get an answer in one of the next books.... that's it for now...

*trots to the pond while thinking about Anna and Charles* ;D
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: wolverine on September 08, 2008, 02:11:28 pm
Ah, really with so many great men around (in the books I mean) how are we supposed to 'accept' what we have in normal everyday guys?

I have this same way of thinking!!!!! I am doomed.   I hdont know how to do the quotes.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Patti L. on September 08, 2008, 03:35:07 pm
There's a box in the upper right corner of the post that you can click on, instead of the "reply" or "Quick Reply" at the bottom, wolverine.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: wolverine on September 08, 2008, 03:59:17 pm
There's a box in the upper right corner of the post that you can click on, instead of the "reply" or "Quick Reply" at the bottom, wolverine.

Thank you so much
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Patti L. on September 08, 2008, 04:06:43 pm
Glad to have helped.  You can cut or backspace out anything that's not relevant to the point you want to address, too.

I wonder how much internet usage Anna & Charles have/do?  to get back on subject.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: wolverine on September 08, 2008, 04:32:09 pm
I love these two characters.  I cant wait to read On The Prowl.  I hope the second book, still to come, fills in some of the gaps from them defeating the witch and the time Anna was brought into the entire pack.   I am new to these kinds of books and Im so glad I took a chance and picked up Cry Wolf.  I am totally digging Charles!!!! and I have to say I kinda relate in some ways to Anna. Not any of the horrific abuse she encountered but the fact that I can barely change a light bulb compared to Mercy, who is a mechanic.  Anna just seems more realistic to me.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: wolverine on September 09, 2008, 04:16:04 am
One more quick question.  This is related to Samuel so I know it doesn't go here but since I"m only reading Cry Wolf and not following the Mercy books and he is IN the Cry Wolf book I figured I might be able to swing it here? LOL

What's the deal with Samuel? he wants to be a lone wolf? He's going back to Mercy, who is with Adam?
I really don't want to read both series.  I like to stick with one but! if I need to read the Mercy books in order to understand Samuel, I will.

Anyone? Anyone?
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Ellyll on September 09, 2008, 04:33:23 am
If you want to understand Samuel (or get a start on it, anyway), you'll need to read the Mercy books.  Sorry.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: white_unicorn on September 09, 2008, 05:51:58 am
that's right... you start trying to understand him...

3 books in and we are starting to understand him.... one thing can be said though... the mystery men keep us glued.. trying to understand them all the more.... ;D
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: wolverine on September 09, 2008, 06:29:50 am
I"m doomed.  This was all a ploy of our magnificent author to draw me in to reading more books! shame shame! LOL

Okay, so off to the bookstore this weekend for Mercy books. 

Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: white_unicorn on September 09, 2008, 06:45:46 am
well, with most of us here having read Mercy's series more than 2-3 times each book.... at least you know you won't be spending your money and time to something you will only read once....

oh well, when is February again? and...  :P tell me again... when is the next Alpha and Omega adventure coming?
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: wolverine on September 09, 2008, 07:29:41 am
I've been reading some of the comments here and they sound like really good books.  It's just that, when I picked up Cry Wolf, I was had.  When I picked up the Mercy books they really didn't grab me the same way Anna and Charles did.  However, I want to know as much as I can about what I"m reading.  It appears in order to understand more about packs, territory and SAMUEL I need to read them. I'm sure I can suffer through it (sarcasm here) and muddle through reading about sexy men/women and all things wolf. 
I'm with you though, I NEED more Charles and Anna..and SOON. EEK.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: wolverine on September 09, 2008, 08:43:26 am
Oh! I have a package awaiting my arrival at home!!! I KNOW WHAT IT IS!!!! :)
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Pain and Rayne on January 15, 2009, 04:34:42 pm
..... when is the next Alpha and Omega adventure coming?

It should be out July 28th. Have you seen the cover? It's beautiful.!
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: white_unicorn on February 06, 2009, 02:53:17 pm
Oh yes..... I loved it, though I would like to see one with Charles in human form ;D
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Linnea on February 23, 2009, 04:40:11 pm
Ok, I've been rereading Cry Wolf, and with Anna's soothing ability and Charles' assassin job, I realized that working as a team would be a thing that could definitely put a strain on their relationship.  Just imagine, if the two of them were sent out to take care of a crazy, out-of-control wolf, and Anna was unable to sooth the wolf.  Charles would be forced to step in and deal with it the old fashioned way.  It's even mentioned in Cry Wolf that sometimes they fight, but sometimes they cry and beg, but he has to kill them anyway.  So imagine how Anna, with her Omega protectiveness, would take it if she was unable to sooth or heal the wolf.  Her failure would be it’s death sentence.  Then, when Charles came to kill the wolf she tried and failed to help, would she try to protect the wolf from Charles?  It’d make an interesting scenario, that’s for sure.

~Linnea
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Ellyll on February 23, 2009, 05:02:21 pm
I don't know.  One thing that Anna has had to develop is a clear understanding of evil.  I don't think she'd try to protect a wolf that was so far gone she couldn't soothe it, and definitely not something that was evil. 
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Gerd D. on February 24, 2009, 05:21:08 am
Going wayyyy of off-topic for a moment here:
It's even mentioned in Cry Wolf that sometimes they fight, but sometimes they cry and beg, but he has to kill them anyway.
That so reminded me of a joke from a comic (Mortadelo y Filemón) with the sad faced killer saying:
"They always beg and cry, but what can I do? I'm only doing my job!" :D


Anyways, I don't think that the sense of protectiveness would extend to a point where it could hurt the pack. But yes, exploring where exactly that border lies between protecting the pack and protecting the individual I'd imagine to become interesting.
And the fact that her mate is working her 'job' from the direct opposite angle is certainly bound to turn into a proving ground for the both of them.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: ArtAngel on February 24, 2009, 05:37:48 am
And maybe I'm making this up but wasn't Charles happy that Anna being an Omega may give him another choice besides killing? That he always has to kill now because he hasn't the right kind of power to calm tehm down long enough to think things through and realise there is a better way? This was in realtion to moonstruck wolves I believe.

If I do remember correctly, this would make their bond stronger.  Also because of what Anna herself went through at Leo's hands I can't see her getting upset when Charles executes someone who needs it, wether or not they beg and plead, she has experienced first hand what a bad were can do. The only time I foresee a problem is if Charles has to kill an innocent bystander/witness who is not smart enough  to keep silent. And in this situation I can see her desperately trying to find an alternative so Charles doesn't have to kill an innocent.

So no I don't see Anna trying to physically stop Charles, but I do see her feel;ing immense guilt for "failing" the victim and Charles, both.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: alan on February 24, 2009, 12:57:36 pm
I think the killing and the partnership will be only one of the hardships they have to go through now that they're mates and all.  I do think it'll add to their problems but i dont think it'll be the main cause of anything.  But im probably wrong. *shrug*
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: PurpleMoon on February 24, 2009, 04:32:58 pm
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The only time I foresee a problem is if Charles has to kill an innocent bystander/witness who is not smart enough  to keep silent. And in this situation I can see her desperately trying to find an alternative so Charles doesn't have to kill an innocent.

I don't think hales will be killing any innocent bystander....we gotta remember that in the next book Bran will reveal the existence of weres to the world, reason why Anna and Charles are going to Europe right? I don't think BRAN would like a were killing people when he's trying to make belive were are nice people too, even if it's Charles...as Mercy said once, now the weres are out Bran has to be a little bit more circumspect (wherever that means) :)


But I think that Charles and Anna partnership will do just great, I mean, Charles makes it clear that even though he has to be his Da's hitman he doesn't like it, he doesn't like to be feared by all...I got the impression he feel kinda cut off from the others in the pack...now, since Anna things are going to change, because now he doesn't need to kill right away anymore, he doesn't need to be the merciless killer he needed to be...She will help Charles as much as she will help the other wolves, and in the end Bran gets what he wanted...an omega under his orders right?
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: alan on February 25, 2009, 12:01:18 pm
Maybe but won't anna be able to say no to Bran.  I mean she doesn't need to be under anyone's control right?  ..
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: PurpleMoon on February 25, 2009, 03:28:55 pm
umm sometimes is hard to explain what I want in english....

I didn't mean that Bran would boos her around...but there are two reasons why you would do what someone wants, one is because that someone forces you and the next, I learned from my mom, is called respect. Just because a person doesn't have to obey and do as he/she is told it doesn't mean that this person cannot do what someone in a superior hierarchy position says.

I don't see Bran being an evil person..therefore I don't see him ordering anyone to do something evil and no reason why Anna wouldn't do as she is told, out of respect, choice and not force, of course. And there's always the point that Charles does as his is told, Bran is he's alpha, and even though Anna does not like one of Bran's decision she'd never leave Charles alone and she would do all she could to help, even if it means doing exactly what Bran wants, so in the end Bran will have an omega in his pack, under his orders (by that meaning following his leadership in 98% of the cases lol)
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Avarel on February 25, 2009, 08:59:49 pm

I didn't mean that Bran would boos her around...

boos should be boss ;D
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: caerali on February 26, 2009, 03:29:14 am
I just worry that Anna's Omega nature might hold Charles back when he wouldn't normally.  It may put him (and inadvertently her) at a much greater risk.  I think it was an unspoken reason of why he didn't originally want to take her after Walter in Cry Wolf.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Tanis143 on February 26, 2009, 07:53:11 am
One thing I think you all are missing is the wolf nature that is within both Anna and Charles. The wolf knows that when a fellow wolf is crazed, its better to relieve them of their misery than to allow them to suffer and possibly hurt someone else. Even though Anna is still a new wolf (I consider any wolf under 10 years after they were turned as still new considering how long they live) even she is starting to follow her wolf instincts. If they go to a moon crazed were and she can not calm them down, she will know and understand that killing that were is the best alternative. She wont like it, but she would still understand. I really dont see this as a problem between her and Charles. They are not polar opposites, more or less they can do the same job just from different angles. Case in point: When Bran went moon crazed at the end of 'Cry Wolf', Anna was able to bring him out of it, when last time it took both Charles and Sam holding him down to bring him out of it. If she can calm down someone of Bran's power then I doubt there will be few cases where she cant calm down a newer wolf.

And I think the reason that Bran is glad to have Anna is he felt himself starting to slip a bit more in his old age. With Anna there he knows he can continue to keep his sanity and lead the Alpha's into this next age. How bad would it be if they went public and Bran had to be put down from age craziness and someone else without Bran's softer touch took his place? It would be really bad.

Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Ellyll on February 26, 2009, 08:18:18 am
I agree with you on most of your points, Tanis.  After all, Anna had no trouble killing the witch, and she was perfectly aware of what she was doing and why. 

I do have to nit-pick a couple of things, though.  Charles and Sam didn't hold down Bran to bring him out of it last time.  Charles had never seen his father in berserker mode in his life.  Sam brought Bran out of the woods, lo, those thousand or more years ago, and it seems to have taken him years to bring his father out of it.  By all accounts in Cry Wolf, that was the last time Bran went berserk. 

I don't think it's age that caused Bran to slip.  It was the enslavement by the witch that did it.  Although, I agree with you; whatever the cause, I feel Bran must be glad to have Anna around as a safety net.  And not just for him.  But, being the Alpha of all Alphas, he'll never allow himself to become dependent on Anna's help, but consider it his responsibility. 
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: alan on February 26, 2009, 01:00:23 pm
You all have such good points.. i did forget that their wolves would step in when they were in serious trouble.  Hmm, adds to the mystery.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: alan on March 05, 2009, 04:01:25 pm
That'd be cool, to see him as a human.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: IvyBRT on March 05, 2009, 05:22:31 pm
I can't wait for the next book!

I wonder if Anna not being able to have children will play a role in the new book or any future books now that they are married...??
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Patti L. on March 05, 2009, 06:52:27 pm
Geeze, give 'em a LITTLE time for themselves before they start obsessing on that!  They're still trying to figure each other out from the basics.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: IvyBRT on March 07, 2009, 04:34:51 am
Geeze, give 'em a LITTLE time for themselves before they start obsessing on that!  They're still trying to figure each other out from the basics.

lol! I think ahead of time with books a lot ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: ArtAngel on March 07, 2009, 08:50:59 am
Geeze, give 'em a LITTLE time for themselves before they start obsessing on that!  They're still trying to figure each other out from the basics.

lol! I think ahead of time with books a lot ;D ;D ;D ;D

I thought about it too :D. I think she will have issues about it though. Never having children is a huge decision and when the dicision is made for you without you even knowing about it is huge. whether she decides it's ok or not, it will be an issue.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Patti L. on March 07, 2009, 09:16:57 am
Well, she was changed without getting to make the decision, became a 'monster' without, became immortal (essentially) without, had to alienate herself from her family without, had to give up her education without, had to pay 40% of her pay without, so it's all tied up together.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: alan on March 07, 2009, 10:29:48 am
Couldn't they just adopt a kid?  Like one who's been turned into a wolf too?  Sort of take them under their wings help them out? 
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Patti L. on March 07, 2009, 10:34:41 am
Given how rare it was for 10 year old Kyra to survive, where do you think they'd find one?
And it still doesn't pass on blood or genes for either of - ANY OF - them, which is the real issue.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: alan on March 07, 2009, 10:36:51 am
Yeah true but, i guess i'd expect them to not have that problem with kids.  If you give them your name their yours.  But i suppose that's more me than it is them so yeah.. never mind.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Patti L. on March 07, 2009, 10:40:31 am
if it was just raising kids, they'd marry women who were already pregnant, or widowers with small children.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: alan on March 07, 2009, 10:41:35 am
Lol, that's a funny mental image.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Patti L. on March 07, 2009, 10:42:25 am
Yup.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: wolverine on March 11, 2009, 12:00:07 pm
Yeah true but, i guess i'd expect them to not have that problem with kids.  If you give them your name their yours.  But i suppose that's more me than it is them so yeah.. never mind.

That comment made me giggle.  I have no idea why. LOL

As a 35 year old that hasn't had children and honestly doesn't think about having them, I know it could all change in my mind/heart if I met a "Charles".  Anna should have an issue with it, especially as someone already pointed out, that decision was made for her and against her will. I don't know how much of storyline space it should consume though. 
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: wolverine on March 11, 2009, 12:21:54 pm
Anna was used by Leo to keep his crazed mate under control/stable soooo in my humble opinion Bran wants her around for the same reason.  More wolves survive the transitions and they grow strong in numbers and remain healthy.  Bran may benefit in the end from her presence as well, I'm sure he know this. Bran knows everything.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: alan on March 11, 2009, 12:25:56 pm
Which is kind of creepy once you think about it.  You can be talking to him and he'll already know, so what really can you tell him that he doesn't already know?  And since he's not overly talkitive anyway what could you say to him to not get him mad at you for wasting his time?

Yeah i know how confusing that is.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: wolverine on March 11, 2009, 12:30:15 pm
Which is kind of creepy once you think about it.  You can be talking to him and he'll already know, so what really can you tell him that he doesn't already know?  And since he's not overly talkitive anyway what could you say to him to not get him mad at you for wasting his time?

Yeah i know how confusing that is.

Not that confusing.  I think Bran observes.  I think is some way he may have some special magikal gift, but i doubt it.  Other than the keen sense being a werewolves gives you.  In real life, if you notice, quiet people observe, they listen, they pay attention.  Charles, like his father is that quiet observer. Most of the dominant males are that mold.  I think what we see in Bran is a mixture of experience and that quiet, relentless personality that sits back and waits...stalks...and allows things to unravel for him, then he makes the kill :)
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: alan on March 11, 2009, 12:33:33 pm
Dude!  Im am such a dominant then!  WOOT!!  Not the killing part but the rest, i normally don't talk at all unless i have to or im with people i know really well...weird.  I like Bran's nature, and the way you describe it is a lot better then mine.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: wolverine on March 11, 2009, 12:37:48 pm
Dude!  LOL  I"m not saying all quiet people are dominants...rather I was explaining how Bran knew all that he did! LOL
you are too funny.  Of course, I"m not saying your not dominant.....but better be careful what you wish for.  The only other thing that bugs me about wolf packs, the girls take rank from the males....yeah, I know, but it still irks me.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: alan on March 11, 2009, 12:42:42 pm
No i completely agree, i think that women can be dominant too.  In fact i know women who can make alpha men cry for them mama's, i think that Bran should have like a secret pack for women to be the dominant one and have him be like testing to see if he should risk letting other women be alphas and what not.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: white_unicorn on March 13, 2009, 10:50:01 am
I just worry that Anna's Omega nature might hold Charles back when he wouldn't normally.  It may put him (and inadvertently her) at a much greater risk.  I think it was an unspoken reason of why he didn't originally want to take her after Walter in Cry Wolf

"he didn't originally want to take her after Walter in Cry Wolf"  that I think (in mumble opinion) was not the case, he didn't want to take Anna to the hunting expedition in the mountains because he didn't want her to experience any more violence when she already had too much of it. (Plus I would guess subconsciously  I guess he wanted her safe under his father's protection. after all the 'frozen' wilderness expedition could become too much of a risk for his mate as he saw it...)

Also, as stated before... Anna's wolf wouldn't be too opposite from her mate... and I guess there wouldn't be too many wolves she wouldn't have been able to help... ;D
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Omega 303 on March 16, 2009, 05:15:49 am
I really love this book :D. But I think most readers don't give Anna enough credit, sure she's been though alot but as proven she is a great mate for Charles because she also is very protective of those she love and is quite capable of handling her own. When in Chicago she saved Charles as well as he had saved her. Also she had proven herself again in the caverns with Mariposa. She does seems to be quite fragile but I think there's alot more to Anna then everyone thinks and as for the mating bond I believe that will come with amazing gifts as we know she will have some of Charles magic. I really can't wait to see what all it will bring.  ;)
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Gerd D. on March 16, 2009, 09:13:55 am
I wonder if Anna not being able to have children will play a role in the new book or any future books now that they are married...??
Given that the series seems to be a lot more focused on relationships this question will certainly pop-up but this would be awfully soon, they barely know each other. :D

Although it does depent on how old Anna actually his?
I guess mid-twenties?
Give her a few more years before she starts worrying about the fact that she can't have children of her own, unless Charles was itching for some pups, that is, but I guess he had enough time to adapt to be smarter than torpedo his marriage with such issues this early on.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: alan on March 16, 2009, 10:40:41 am
I really love this book :D. But I think most readers don't give Anna enough credit, sure she's been though alot but as proven she is a great mate for Charles because she also is very protective of those she love and is quite capable of handling her own. When in Chicago she saved Charles as well as he had saved her. Also she had proven herself again in the caverns with Mariposa. She does seems to be quite fragile but I think there's alot more to Anna then everyone thinks and as for the mating bond I believe that will come with amazing gifts as we know she will have some of Charles magic. I really can't wait to see what all it will bring.  ;)

Woot another Anna fan! ;D
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: ladylynx on April 12, 2009, 07:51:16 am
There's something  else about Anna as well. She can resist the influence of all Were as well. She may be tied to the Marrok by pack magic, but she can still resist his orders. She prove that with Charles in Cry Wolf when he tried to send her away.

That's the second greatest gift a Omega Wolf has. They are the peace keeper's of any pack. They can't be ordered, controlled or any thing like that.

Leo had to inflict torture onto Anna in order to get her to be under his control. He knew that wasthe only way to control and make sure she stayed under his control only.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Guenivere on April 12, 2009, 08:45:40 pm
There's something  else about Anna as well. She can resist the influence of all Were as well. She may be tied to the Marrok by pack magic, but she can still resist his orders. She prove that with Charles in Cry Wolf when he tried to send her away.

That's the second greatest gift a Omega Wolf has. They are the peace keeper's of any pack. They can't be ordered, controlled or any thing like that.

Leo had to inflict torture onto Anna in order to get her to be under his control. He knew that wasthe only way to control and make sure she stayed under his control only.

Actually, I'm pretty sure Leo's torture was primarily meant to keep his mate from seeing Anna as a threat and wanting her killed like all the other females that had been in his pack.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Patti L. on April 12, 2009, 09:13:21 pm
There's something  else about Anna as well. She can resist the influence of all Were as well. She may be tied to the Marrok by pack magic, but she can still resist his orders. She prove that with Charles in Cry Wolf when he tried to send her away.

That's the second greatest gift a Omega Wolf has. They are the peace keeper's of any pack. They can't be ordered, controlled or any thing like that.

Leo had to inflict torture onto Anna in order to get her to be under his control. He knew that wasthe only way to control and make sure she stayed under his control only.

Actually, I'm pretty sure Leo's torture was primarily meant to keep his mate from seeing Anna as a threat and wanting her killed like all the other females that had been in his pack.
Well, he had her deliberately brought in to keep his mate calmer, saner, and the only way he could do that was by making Isabella into Anna's protector, and by making both of them think she was a simple submissive.  If Isabella had realized that Anna was an omega, she'd have killed Anna just like the other females in the pack.  If Anna had realized what she was - and I think Leo must have forbidden those few wolves who figured out what she was to tell her - she could have left, even with the pack bond, and there would have been Isabella rampaging around again, and the Marrok breathing down their necks.  As indeed was the case by a few pages into "Alpha and Omega".
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: alan on April 13, 2009, 10:52:46 am
The whole situation makes you wonder if it was done to Anna, how many others are there?  Does anyone else think that Anna's situation could affect Bran connection to his son because Charles knows Bran didn't see what was happening for three years?...does that make sense?
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: ladylynx on April 13, 2009, 11:51:14 am
I don't think so. If nothing else it will be allot easier for Charles with Anna by his side.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: BigMama on April 14, 2009, 02:34:54 pm
I'm of the opinion that the union of Ana and Charles will make both stronger and better. I don't see that there will be that much conflict between them. We have already witnessed in Cry Wolf the effect that Ana has on Asil and Bran when at their worst. I believe that Charles realizes that his "gift" will enable him to be able to save more of his friends from death. I envision their working together as a unit for the good of the pack. IMO, the only real conflict may come as Ana tries to find her place in the pack and continues to overcome the past and move forward in her new life.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: ladylynx on April 14, 2009, 03:19:28 pm
Also Anna has proven to be a perfect fit for Charles. She is making him appear less dominate and frighten to the other wolves. As long as she is there with him.  He is relax and easy going. Also I think Sage is going to have fun teasing him along with Charles brother.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Omega 303 on April 15, 2009, 12:13:08 am
Also Anna has proven to be a perfect fit for Charles. She is making him appear less dominate and frighten to the other wolves. As long as she is there with him.  He is relax and easy going. Also I think Sage is going to have fun teasing him along with Charles brother.


No that's not exactly true. She only helps his wolf be tranquile when the need occurs, having her around all the time doesn't take from his dominance. I'm pretty sure she can choose who needs her help. Like in the church when she confronted Asil she help him and Charles was there but it had no affect on Charles we know because when Asil touches her face Charles growls. And after they defeat the witch she only needed to soothe Bran and Asil once again Charles is not affected so no she will not cause her mate to become less dominant by any means. If anything he will have to step up a notch and make sure everyone in the pack is safe and treated right, which he will have to be more dominant than ever. She is there to help him keep the wolves safe and in line and to prevent unnecessary dominance fights and help new members make it through the transition.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Patti L. on April 15, 2009, 06:30:13 am
You've just contradicted yourself, Omega 303;
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Charles is not affected so no she will not cause her mate to become less dominant by any means.

is IMMEDIATELY followed by
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he will have to be more dominant than ever.

is immediately followed by
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to prevent unnecessary dominance fights and help new members make it through the transition.

So, MY take on this, and go ahead and blow me out of the water too! ;D  I's ignorant.
is that yes, Anna can, to some extent, control her Omega effect.  And Charles and his brother wolf can ignore/brush it off at perceived threat.  Charles' dominance, and how much he has to enforce it?  The amount he IS dominant won't change, but the amount he has to enforce it is apt to go down as the Omega effect cuts down the number of were-people who go crazy or push their dominance fights to the killing point.  That's the whole idea of Omegas.  In packs.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Omega 303 on April 15, 2009, 06:42:20 am
Sorry buy I was trying to find a way to word what I was trying to say. LOL  :D
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Patti L. on April 15, 2009, 07:37:55 pm
Sorry buy I was trying to find a way to word what I was trying to say. LOL  :D

We all are; keep trying, and eventually you'll get it into words that even I, with my odd literal mindedness will understand.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Patti L. on May 12, 2009, 03:35:43 pm
Spock?  Artie Johnson?
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: ladylynx on May 13, 2009, 04:40:19 am
I think Charles appeals to most of the other wolves in a better light now that he has Anna by his side. He is still scary to them and feared, but Anna is the gentle presence that tears down some of the tough image of him.

It's like having a friend that is a tough motorcycle honcho with all the trimmings and then meeting his wife who is this small petite woman who looks all domestic and such. Anna's presence takes away the feared and scary part of Charles when people met him now. She sorts of blind sides them.

Also Anna with Charles by her side makes her feel wanted and love and helps her self image now. She went from being scared and not really enjoying who she was, to be loved and wanted by someone that would do any thing for her.

Plus, Bran knows Anna will help him with some of the other wolves that will need her support and care. He is always looking for a way to help his children. (meaning the other wolves),   
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: wantabadamlover on May 18, 2009, 06:09:36 pm
Ok I LOVE this series as much as the mercy series..LOVE love,love it!!

here's my question: when she reaches back to grab Charles hand their mating took place..What made it happen?
Sorry if its obvious for everyone but i just dont see it clearly.HElp Help me...
thank you..
also a charles lover too now.. :-*
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: CarolKat on May 18, 2009, 07:41:54 pm
What happened was Anna accepted her love for Charles and trusted her own feelings for him. It became not just the wolf but her human side as well.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: wantabadamlover on May 19, 2009, 07:53:01 am
thank you.................  ;)
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Omega 303 on May 29, 2009, 05:56:06 am
I think Charles appeals to most of the other wolves in a better light now that he has Anna by his side. He is still scary to them and feared, but Anna is the gentle presence that tears down some of the tough image of him.

It's like having a friend that is a tough motorcycle honcho with all the trimmings and then meeting his wife who is this small petite woman who looks all domestic and such. Anna's presence takes away the feared and scary part of Charles when people met him now. She sorts of blind sides them.

 As an enforcer Charles has to keep up his reputation as being the more dominate wolf. But Anna's presence is reqiured to help him deal with rogue wolves, therefore  a lot of more wolves who will be saved from exercusion and there will be less fighting. Just because Anna is Omega doesn't mean she always uses her abilities. She doesn't always have to soothe Charles, if she did it would change his very nature. I think she would only use her abilities if Charles manage to lose control but now that he's found her that is probally unlikely. But like Charles said something even an Omega cannot help. I do think though that the other wolves see a difference in Charles, but they see him as a better enforcer, And as a less stressful and agitated person. The more dramatic changes or only seen by the people who are closes to him, But even then something he only show to his mate, like to more playful part of him.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: ladylynx on May 30, 2009, 06:10:07 pm
What I was trying to describe, is the fact you have this very dominate wolf, with a wife that isn't very dominate. When you see or met Anna. She's like something you wouldn't expect a dominate wolf to have as a mate. It sort of throws people off when they met the two together.   
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Patti L. on June 01, 2009, 05:27:11 am
Throwing in my own two cents:  In a few months or a year, in their timeline, this may be true, but in the timeframe we've seen, there hasn't been time for any of the mellowing or re-envision you're talking about to happen. 
Plus, as Tamora Pierce mentioned in "The Emperor Mage", many people will take their first impression of you and fossilize it, never changing it when you change.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Midnight Wolf on June 06, 2009, 02:21:47 pm
Its pefect they balance each other out so well
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: charmed on June 06, 2009, 02:26:05 pm
Its pefect they balance each other out so well

really? In what way?
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: cavaliergirl on June 06, 2009, 08:40:57 pm
Its pefect they balance each other out so well

really? In what way?

Charles was a lonely, older wolf who had given up on finding someone.  He's very wrapped up in his job, which forces him to be somewhat removed from the pack, from relationships.  With Anna, he finds someone to help him relax, ease the torment his job causes him, give him peace, play with, and take care of. 

Anna seems happy to be needed.  She also craves the safety that being with Charles provides, both the feeling that he won't hurt her and that he will protect her from harm.  He gives her a home, a place to settle down and make friends and a pack family to belong to. 

I agree with Midnight Wolf, they balance each other out pretty well. 
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: berryblu on June 06, 2009, 10:35:58 pm
Anna also likes being useful, being needed for herself.  Now that she's discovered what she truly is, I can see her settling down and helping anyone and everyone around.  :)  It will make Charles' job so much easier.  And probably Bran's as well, especially with the problem werewolves.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: charmed on June 07, 2009, 12:54:14 pm
heh, actually I pretty much agree. I was just trying to get Midnight Wolf to join in the discussion and not just do a drive-by post. :D

Most people want to be needed. Now that Anna knows she is an Omega and has an alpha who values that, she has a place in the pack other than doormat and will end up being a much valued member. That should help her self-confidence immensely. Add in her growing trust in Charles and their personal relationship and the fact that Charles has said how much help she will be, and I think she will find her footing.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Talyn on June 07, 2009, 05:11:33 pm
After reading the blurb that Mike was nice enough to post for us, I wonder how much time has passed between the two books because Anna already seems a lot better in that little snippet.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Avarel on June 07, 2009, 05:39:45 pm
I think it says they've been married two weeks.

Nope. It says it's the third week in December... I can't remember the date CW ends.

It also says it's a few weeks.
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Only with her, only ever with her, did Brother Wolf settle down wholly. And a few weeks were not enough time to get used to the miracle of it — or to keep him from being too stupid to ask for her help.

It's still pretty early on.



edit: I went back and reread.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: cavaliergirl on June 07, 2009, 07:01:56 pm
Charles and Anna have known each other a little less than a month.  In the mini novel that starts the series, Alpha and Omega, Anna has just gotten off work on Thanksgiving Day. 

Cry Wolf takes place over a week or so. 

Hunting Ground starts the 3rd week of December. 

(I hope Hunting Ground covers their first Christmas together.) 
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Avarel on June 07, 2009, 07:06:50 pm
Thanks cav
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: cavaliergirl on June 09, 2009, 11:22:49 pm
You're welcome.  I'm so excited about Hunting Ground.  I just read the books about a 2 months ago.  I live in North Dakota on a dead end dirt road.  About half a mile down the road from me, the road flooded and washed out, so the only way out was helicopter, boat, or to hike through 200 feet of thigh deep, fast moving FREEZING water for 6 weeks.  (I hiked out 3 times...)

After the first week or 10 days, I ran out of stuff to read and started buying audiobooks and ebooks.  They saved my sanity. 

I downloaded Bone Crossed on audible first, quickly realized it was the middle of a series that sounded interesting, so I went back and downloaded all of Mercy and Alpha & Omega ebooks to read. 

I like the Alpha and Omega series just a little bit more than the Mercy series.  I love them both, but Charles and Anna just seem to resonate more emotionally with me.  They're more focused on each other, more aware of each other, more attracted to each other.  Not necessarily physically, but just drawn to spend time together.  I can't see Anna stalling Charles for several years like Mercy has, or after they started dating, avoiding him for 2 months.  She needs to be with him.  They seem to need each other more and fit together better than than Adam and Mercy.  Anna knows her own mind a little better, never has to stop and consider whether she wants Asil or Bran or Hank or Boyd or anyone else, she knows from the first day that she wants Charles. 

Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: wantabadamlover on July 29, 2009, 06:40:33 pm
You're welcome.  I'm so excited about Hunting Ground.  I just read the books about a 2 months ago.  I live in North Dakota on a dead end dirt road.  About half a mile down the road from me, the road flooded and washed out, so the only way out was helicopter, boat, or to hike through 200 feet of thigh deep, fast moving FREEZING water for 6 weeks.  (I hiked out 3 times...)

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that's amazing.... im glad your home and you stayed safe..

I LOVE both couples , right now im a mercy adam lover cause it took so dang long for them to finally come together... But we will see after book 2
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: opramum on August 02, 2009, 08:14:38 pm
And the partnership only gets stronger in Hunting Ground!     
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: BigMama on September 04, 2009, 03:51:45 pm
Hunting Ground really brings to light what a true partnership it is becoming between Anna and Charles. They are really two sides of the coin and are beginning to work together in an extremely special way. I love the development of the relationship between them and the special bond that is brought by the extra dimension of their wolves.
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: white_unicorn on September 04, 2009, 09:30:11 pm
sorry i was off for so long... life got in the way...

On Hunting ground now.... I LOOOOOOOVVVVVVEEEED it... i couldn't put it down...  bOuNcY

I must admit to thinking about the wolf behind the story but i could never think of the real deal....

and i will stop my rambling before it gets off topic...

PS I think i'll search a bit on the Arthurian legends... a bit more than the films at least.... maybe I'll read that book i got last year on those romances... O)
*gallops away as silently as she can.... "So off topic..." she whispers shaking her head* 
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: BigMama on November 08, 2009, 01:44:38 pm
Doing the jillionth reread of Hunting Ground. I really like the part where Charles tells Anna that they are a match: he to her and his Brother Wolf to her wolf.  I get the idea that he feels that they compliment one another in a special way--each makes the other stronger.  Also, I like that the reward Anna achieves through her fullfilling of the Grey Lords quest is true love. Since she was able to achieve it in spite of them, I suppose her reward is fulfilled.  :-LOVE
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Linnea on November 13, 2009, 11:39:53 am
I just finished rereading Hunting Ground and I was struck by how unhelpful Anna's gift was in the situation at the barbeque rib place.  In my earlier speculations, I imagined that Anna could walk into a room and just make everyone calm down and start braiding flowers in each other's fur, singing Kumbaya.  I actually liked that she tried it and it didn't work out like that.  It would make for some boring books if a character could just walk into a room and make all conflicts disappear.

~Linnea
Title: Re: Charles & Anna Discussion
Post by: Patti L. on November 13, 2009, 11:42:13 am
Not to mention how it made things worse in the actual meetings! being the same; good observation, Linnea.  And true; how little action would there be if that was what happened!