Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

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Posted May 8, 2019 by Leona Woolfolk in Book Reviews, Books / 1 Comment

Etched in Bone by Anne BishopEtched in Bone by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #5
Published by Roc on March 7, 2017
Genres: Dark Fantasy
Pages: 407
Format: eBook, Hardcover
Source: Library, Purchased
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Also by this author: The Black Jewel Trilogy, Marked in Flesh, Written In Red, Murder of Crows, Vision in Silver, The Pillars of the World
Also in this series: Marked in Flesh, Written In Red, Murder of Crows, Vision in Silver


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...

I feel like I want to cry right now, Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop was what I hoped it would be and so much more! Now, the storyline and conflict wasn’t as exciting as the previous stories in this series but I was literally kept on the edge of my seat with each page turn.

I’m not even going to sugar coat things, the main goal that I hoped Etched in Bone would accomplish was the start of an intimate romance between Meg and Simon. That’s it, the rest of the story could have been about monkeys lounging around doing nothing as long as in the end Meg and Simon’s relationship went to the next level. Heh, with all that said I’m neither going to confirm or deny if my hopes were dashed or if they were given new life by the time I clicked to the last page of Etched in Bone.

Regardless of the fact that Etched in Bone wasn’t as exciting as the previous books it still tied up some loose ends. Ever since the Montgomery family was allowed into the Courtyard that shadow of the last sibling possibly surfacing was always hanging over their head. Well, in this installment of the Others series the characters no longer had to wonder if and/or when and where Cyrus was going to pop up. Just off the description Monty and Twyla gave of Cyrus’ character I knew that he was going to end up being trouble if he ever stepped foot in Lakeside because I’ve see the devastation that people like him can wrought onto families and other people’s lives. But even with that knowledge I really, really, hoped that he had died in Toland when the Elders went to go clean house, because the damage this man wrought upon the Others and the human pack almost cause fatal and dire repercussions for the human still trying to live.

Even though there are terra ingeniene, Intuit, and human communities working together to both please the Elders and Others who are in charge, the Elders are still on the fence about how much human they should keep. When they brought that question to Simon in one of the previous books I don’t think he fully understood the extent the Elders would go in order to get their answer until now. By following the Elders decree not only was the human pack and other terra ingeniene put in danger but he had to swallow the fact that Meg, Sam, and himself could be in danger as well.

My gosh I could talk about Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop until my hands fall off from typing so much but this story was everything and more. Never could I have envisioned the fifth book of the Others series turning out the way it did, but I’m so freaking pissed now because I have until next year before book 6 [my face is leaking now].

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About Anne Bishop

Anne Bishop lives in upstate New York where she enjoys gardening, music, and writing dark, romantic stories. She is the author of fourteen novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel, Twilight’s Dawn, made the New York Times bestseller list. She is currently working on a new series, which is an urban dark fantasy with a bit of a twist.

Crawford Award (2000)

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