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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
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Despite having received an early copy of Etched in Bone, I waited until the very last minute to read the book. Not because I was being lazy or I forgot about it, but because of how how dear this series is to me. I knew that once I was done reading Etched in Bone, that was it for me and Anne Bishop’s incredible cast. Going into a finale is always a bit of a nerve-wracking experience if you ask me. I worry that things won’t wrap up the way I want it to, but I had absolutely nothing to worry about with this author. Etched in Bone was a spectacular ending, that beautifully blended together just about everything I love about this series.
I was actually quite curious to see how Anne Bishop would write this last book because the main story line wrapped up in the previous book. While the plots in this series are very strong, it’s honestly the characters that are the cherry on the cake. You’ve got an amazing huge cast, who I’ve grown attached more and more to as the series has progressed. It’s actually quite surprising just how much I love this big cast, because I’m usually not one for those. Meg and Simon are the shining stars here, and watching how much they have influenced each other was honestly impressive. They’ve both grown so much and I felt so so proud of their strengths and independence in Etched in Bone, especially my girl, Meg! Simon and Meg’s dynamic is still a little shy and awkward in Etched in Bone, but there’s also an underlying fondness and respect for each other that had me squeeing in happiness and wanting them to kiss already whenever they were together. I’ll be honest, I would have liked to see more Meg and Simon scenes in this last book, because I’m such a romance-junkie, but then the ending came and it made up for the lack of scenes wholeheartedly.
Besides Simon and Meg’s bond, I once again loved how Anne Bishop explored the relationships between the Others and humans. There’s just something very real about the way it’s portrayed. It was fascinating to watch the Others and the humans in the Lakeside Community come together after the events of the previous book. I especially enjoyed the Thanksgiving-style dinner that they shared. They’ve grown to respect each other and it’s heartwarming watching them interact and stand by each other. But as always, there has to be a bad egg, and this rotten egg came in the form of Jimmy Montgomery who was bad news from the very start. The plot was centered around this truly despicable character, who ruins the perfect balance that the humans and Others have achieved. He made me so angry and I just wanted for someone to eat him. We also get the chance to learn more about the Elders, who still don’t fail to crack me up with some of their antics.
As you can tell, I have nothing but good things to say about this series. If you’re looking for a new series to become rapidly obsessed with and you haven’t read The Others, then this is the series for you. You’re in for one epic ride with one epic ship.