A Novel on Werewolves: Patricia Briggs’s “ Fair Game"
Werewolves are fantasy creatures that have never been proved to be real. Yet tales of these supernatural creatures abound, particularly in the western world. One novelist has picked up this unique subject and written a novel and surprisingly the book has caught the eye of the reading public. Perhaps people are on the lookout for a shocking story and in this Patricia Briggs obliges.
Who is Patricia Briggs? She is a famous American author. She is a writer of fantasy novels and has been writing since 1993. She has created a fantasy series of novels known as the Mercy Thompson fantasy series. These novels are set in an urban back ground in the United States. Briggs is 51 years old having been born in 1965. She published her first novel ‘Masques’ in 1993 and has followed up with many more.
Most of Briggs characters are sheer fantasy, sometimes bordering on the absurd. A reader is hard put to visualize the tales written by her as having any realism. Briggs makes an attempt to get reader attention by presenting a bizarre and unrealistic scenario. Her novel “ Fair Game” similarly has its entire theme based on werewolves.
Her novel ‘Fair Game’ can be classified as a fantasy and presents werewolves in human garb. These werewolves have now revealed themselves and are a part and parcel of everyday life in the United States. One can appreciate a fantasy, but to write about a subject where werewolves are accepted by human beings and organizations like the FBI will tax the imagination of the reader. As per the writer the werewolves have now as a clan revealed themselves to humans.
In ‘Fair Game’, The FBI approaches two werewolves to help solve some mysterious killings in Boston. The two werewolves who are approached are Anna Latham and Charles Cornick. These two werewolves are in love. Charles is the dominant werewolf, while Anna has a quality of being able to calm other werewolves.
The FBI is unable to solve the mysterious killings and these two werewolves help out. As they investigate they find that the persons killed are werewolves and it dawns on the duo that somebody is targeting persons who are werewolves. This lends urgency to their efforts to track the killer. The killer now targets the two werewolves Charles and Anna, who themselves are in great danger. The writer thus relates a tale, which can be read only if one believes in the bizarre. However to the credit of Patricia, she does weave an interesting tale. There are very few writers who can sell an implausible story to readers
This is supposed to be a thrilling tale, but many readers will find the entire theme of the novel implausible and reading it would mean entering into a fantasy world which just cannot exist. One reads fantasies, but to read a fantasy as a real time action novel is bound to tax the imagination of any reader.
Patricia Briggs does try and present a thriller. The plot is racy and the book is eminently readable. If a reader can forget about the absurdity of the plot, he or she may well be able to enjoy the book. All one has to think is that it is a fantasy. Briggs has latched on to the American fascination for werewolves and created an entire series of books on the subject. Generally such fantasies have a momentary moment of glory and then fade away.
Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana, USA. She has during her life time lived in many cities in the North West of the USA. Presently she resides in Washington State. Her first novel ’Masques’ was not a success, but it has been re-issued again. Some of her books notably Blood Bound and Iron Kissed have been on the New York Times best seller lists.
Patricia is an educated girl. She graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German. The author lives in Montana with her husband and children, not forgetting six horses as pets. Very few writers keep horses as pets, probably they add to her imagination. She is a full time writer and many more best sellers can be expected from her in the years to come.