Series: The Others #4
Published by Roc on March 8, 2016
Genres: Dark Fantasy
Also by this author: The Black Jewel Trilogy, Etched in Bone
In the fourth novel in Anne Bishop’s New York Times bestselling series, the Others will need to decide how much humanity they’re willing to tolerate—both within themselves and their community...
Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the dynamic between humans and Others has changed. Some, such as Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn see the closer companionship as beneficial.
But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don’t realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land—and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to safeguard what is theirs...
If you see a person in a corner somewhere rocking back and forth and mumbling to themselves, don’t be alarmed, that’s just me still trying to cope with life after I finished Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop. There’s nothing I can say that will ever do this book justice. Absolutely nothing. I don’t think words have been invented, but I’ll try my best.
Six days after I’ve finished Marked in Flesh and I’m still having a hard time coming up with words to explain everything I loved and adored about this book. The only thing I can come up with to adequately explain my experience is to urge all fantasy lovers out there with all haste to read this books and the ones that came before it. Just because I read this on my kindle and did not listen to it on audio doesn’t mean that one format is better than the other, so with that being said whichever format floats your boat pick up this series and prepare to have your mind blown.
Leading up to Marked in Flesh we’re shown the warning and wake up calls that the Others have given the humans of Thasia, Britianna, and Cel-Romano to prevent them from witnessing the true monsters that hide in the dark and have no problems wiping them out. If you’ve followed my reviews of this series you’ll see how progressively dumb the humans have gotten with each book, but nothing – and I mean nothing – could’ve prepared me for their dumbness that unfolded in Marked in Flesh.
Marked in Flesh was all about the “Others” – The Elders – we’ve been warned about finally emerging and showing the stupid, stupid humans just how low on the food chain they actually reside and will always remain. Other than the Others showing how badass they are, and that their silence is not a weakness, the rest of Marked in Flesh is about the other terra indigene preparing for the Elder’s arrival as well as picking up what’s left in the aftermath of their presence.
Marked in Flesh was, in my opinion, the climax of this series. I felt like all the birthing pangs that led up to Marked in Flesh – Written in Red, Murder of Crows, and Vision in Silver – all led up to the birth of the new Thasia, but what the new Thasia actually looks like and who it will grow up to be is still a mystery.
Everything that happened in Marked in Flesh, happened so naturally and in the right timing that I’m still in awe of it’s flawlessness.