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.
Published March 7th 2017 by Penguin Audio
Four and a half stars: A quiet and bittersweet ending to a favorite series. I want more!
Things are finally starting to settle at the Lakeside Courtyard after the Teeth and Claws eradicated the human uprising. The quiet doesn't last long as trouble soon finds its way to the courtyard. This time, the conflict comes from Sergeant Montgomery's brother, Jimmy. Jimmy arrives at the courtyard with his kids and wife in tow expecting a free ride, as he plans to start setting up his schemes. Simon and the the Others are ready to flush him out, but the Elders force them to allow him to stay so they can see how a bad human can cause problems. Will one bad apple ruin the fragile peace?
What I Liked:
- Etched in Bone was a quieter read in comparison to the rest of the series. This one felt like a bonus book as it focused once again on the Lakeside Courtyard instead of the worldwide problems started by the Humans First and Last movement. The plots wasn't as thick and the danger wasn't as deadly. Even though this wasn't as dangerous and as exciting, it still featured all I love about the series: tremendous characters, interesting story lines, and humor and romance. I love this series, and I am waiting for more.
- One of the highlights of this series has been the quiet and slow burning friendship/romance between Simon and Meg. Their relationship started on shaky ground, as Simon wanted to eat Meg in the beginning. Slowly, Meg changed the way he saw her as well as other humans, and a fragile friendship was formed. The bonds of that friendship have continued to strengthen with each and every book. For those of you who want a hot, torrid romance, this isn't going to satisfy you. For all of you who like the quiet relationships where more is said in a touch or a look, you will eat this up. I loved watching this romance evolve, and even though it ended in the right place, I still wanted more.
- Jimmy, the villain, stole the show. Yes, he is vile, cunning and completely evil, but he made me laugh. I loved getting inside his twisted head and seeing how he thought. He is one of those villains you love to hate. He was by far my favorite villain of the series.
- I liked getting small snippets of characters that I am certain will be featured in the spin off series. I am most curious about the female, mounted deputy who is sent to Bennett. I want to see more of Jana.
- The book ends in a good spot, no drama or turmoil, and all seems right. Even though I was pleased, I wanted way more.
- I have listened to all the books in this series narrated by Alexandra Harris. I love her work with these characters. I highly recommend the audiobooks.
And The Not So Much:
- I struggled a bit with the believability of the abduction. It just didn't seem possible to me with so many eyes on the courtyard.
- This in some ways felt like an extra book added on to the series because the main story line involving the Humans First and Last Movement was concluded and nothing major was going on. The story was still good, but it pales in comparison to the last couple of books, still it was nice to get a quieter book.
- I was disappointed that Jean's story was still left unfinished. At least this time, there is a mention of her. I am hoping for more follow up with Hope Wolfsong and Jean in the next series.
- I was troubled that the whole story line with Meg learning how to save the Cassandra Sangue and the trailblazer deck of cards was left unfinished. Perhaps it will be followed up on in the spin off?
Etched in Bone is an easier read that its predecessors. This one features a smaller conflict in the Lakeside Courtyard instead of a worldwide scale. Still I loved that it featured all my favorite characters, and I especially loved seeing movement in my favorite romance. It was a bittersweet read for me as I am reluctant to let these characters go. The only thing that eases the sting is I know a spin off series is coming. For all of you who still have not picked up this series, get it done!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.
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