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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
There are a few series that, when the new one comes out, I feel compelled to go back to the beginning and read them all. I like to be completely immersed in the world before I jump into the latest.
That’s absolutely true of Anne Bishop’s “The Others” series – and you absolutely have to read these in order, so if you haven’t, start with Written in Red (Roc, $7.99). Now the rumor mill told me that the latest, Etched in Bone is the last of this story arc, so I was dragging my heels. It’s no secret that I don’t want this series to end.
Basic plot, humans aren’t the primary species on Earth. Well, Namid is its name here, but you’ll recognize several locations. It’s an alternate reality. And yes, there are vampires and werewolves, but really, they’re the lesser of the Others who inhabit Namid, the buffer between the Others and humans, the clever meat. And that’s all people are, with a few exceptions.
But Meg Corbyn is an anomaly. She’s human but not-prey. She is cassandra sangue, a blood prophet. When her skin is cut, she speaks prophecy. But each cut brings her closer to her inevitable death. She stumbles into the Lakeside Courtyard and that triggers a chain of events that culminates in Etched in Bone.
Amber said that she thought the series ended in a satisfying way, and I have to agree, up to a point. I know, I know, I want more, but not all the questions posed in the earlier books were answered to my satisfaction. I’m hoping the new stories Anne Bishop tells of the Others will fill in the gaps, although honestly, I’m willing to fill in the answers using my imagination! But I think Anne Bishop will do a much better job.
This is a subtly addicting series, and I know I’ll be rereading it for years to come. It’s deftly written, cleverly plotted and, as always, the characters are brilliantly created. Just an amazing series!— Fran
New York Times bestselling author 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.