Series: The World of the Others #2
Published by Ace on March 5, 2019
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Also by this author: The Black Jewel Trilogy, Etched in Bone, Marked in Flesh, Written In Red, Murder of Crows, Vision in Silver, The Pillars of the World
In this New York Times bestselling powerful and exciting fantasy set in the world of the Others series, humans and the shape-shifting Others will see whether they can live side by side...without destroying one another.
There are ghost towns in the world—places where the humans were annihilated in retaliation for the slaughter of the shape-shifting Others.
One of those places is Bennett, a town at the northern end of the Elder Hills—a town surrounded by the wild country. Now efforts are being made to resettle Bennett as a community where humans and Others live and work together. A young female police officer has been hired as the deputy to a Wolfgard sheriff. A deadly type of Other wants to run a human-style saloon. And a couple with four foster children—one of whom is a blood prophet—hope to find acceptance.
But as they reopen the stores and the professional offices and start to make lives for themselves, the town of Bennett attracts the attention of other humans looking for profit. And the arrival of the outlaw Blackstone Clan will either unite Others and humans...or bury them all.
When news of Wild Country‘s release was announced I was sort of bummed out. I had so enjoyed reading about the slice of life from the characters in Lake Silence that I wanted to continue reading about them in the same way we were able to with the Lakeside Courtyard. But after reading some encouraging reviews from some readers that I trusted I became more receptive to reading Wild Country by Anne Bishop
The disclaimer that the author placed before the story started really help set my mind on where exactly Wild Country fit in with the original portion of the series. Logically speaking, Wild Country should’ve come out before Lake Silence but I have a feeling that there’s a method to Anne Bishop’s madness. With the disclaimer notating that certain events will overlap with events that happened in Etched in Bone I felt more comfortable reading about these new characters, and some secondary characters from the OG Others series.
One thought that stuck with me as I was reading about the events of Wild Country unfold was the mention from one of my reading buddies stated as we were discussing this book, “I’m still amazed after what happened to humans after The Humans First and Last group did, they are still dumb enough to think they can outsmart and bully the terra indigene.” When she said this I knew I was in for some more humbling lessons taught by the terra indigene as well as the humans who lived around them who didn’t understand the full extent of what living in a terra indigene territory meant.
The story of Wild Country by Anne Bishop wasn’t as heavy or detrimental to the world of The Others as any previous story in this series I’ve read. Yes, there were life or death situations that were closely tied to the Elders and Elementals, not just the terra indigene of the settlement, but except for the ending circumstances there weren’t threats that reached the level that we saw in Lake Silence and the other previous Other installments. This is not to say that Wild Country couldn’t hold its own when adding substance to the series because it definitely did that, but there was sort of a reprieve from the fate of the humans in and around Bennett facing what the citizens of Thaisia faced when the stories focused on the Broomstick Girl.
Last I heard the newest story Anne Bishop was working on was for an older series of hers, so I don’t really know what could come next for The Others series. Lake Silence was the wild card of the series seeing as none of the characters mentioned were previously introduced or alluded to in the previous installments. I can’t remember if there are anymore settlements or character arcs that are still needing to be told but whatever she decides to write about I will definitely be there for it.