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Etched in Bone (Hardcover)
Humans and Others in the Lakeside Courtyard are working hard to regain their equilibrium in the aftermath of the Elders brutal justice. A new normal is finally starting to assert itself – when the Elders once again threaten. Only this time it is the peace of the Courtyard and the continued existence of humans which balances on the knife point. The Elders have come to Lakeside to study the humans and the smaller Others – to see how they work together and how to spot the humans who wish further harm to the terra indigene. Fate seems to have consired to help them – in the form of Lieutenant Montgomery’s manipulative brother. Giving the Elders a new kind of predator to observe – tying Simon’s paws – as they won’t allow him to drive Jimmy from the Courtyard.
I really enjoyed reading this book - once again immersing myself in the lives of some of my favorite characters. Perhaps this book wasn’t quite as focused as the first three – the building of tension and focus on the machinations of this new kind of predator wasn’t quite as honed. That being said, Bishop’s atmospheric writing style was in full force in this book and was wonderful to read. She furthered many of the Courtyard residents’ personal stories and an unresolved mystery. All of which makes me curious where Bishop will take the series next. As she’s stated that while Simon & Meg’s story may be concluded this isn’t the last installment in the Others series!
All in all I would highly recommend reading this book if you’ve loved the rest of the series. When I finished the book I felt satisfied with the ending – well disappointed that I will have to wait a whole ‘nother year (at least) for a new installment , especially since I finished this book in about a day and a half (none of my chores got done on my day off) – I don’t think you will be left wanting when this book is concluded. BTW if you like urban fantasy and haven’t read Written In Red yet – you must! You will be hooked on this series – but they should be read in order.— Amber
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Anne Bishop returns to her world of the Others, as humans struggle to survive in the shadow of shapeshifters and vampires far more powerful than themselves...
After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders--a primitive and lethal form of the Others--the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no-man's-land beyond their borders--and the darkness...
As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all their efforts are threatened when Lieutenant Montgomery's shady brother arrives, looking for a free ride and easy pickings.
With the humans on guard against one of their own, tensions rise, drawing the attention of the Elders, who are curious about the effect such an insignificant predator can have on a pack. But Meg knows the dangers, for she has seen in the cards how it will all end--with her standing beside a grave...
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop is a winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award, presented by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, for The Black Jewels Trilogy. She is the author of the Novels of the Others, including Marked in Flesh, Vision in Silver, Murder of Crows, and Written in Red.