For centuries, the Others and humans have lived side by side in uneasy peace. But when humankind oversteps its bounds, the Others will have to decide how much humanity they’re willing to tolerate—both within themselves and within 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 delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn, see the new, closer companionship as beneficial—both personally and practically.
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 that belongs to the Others—and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs…
Audible Audio, 416 pages
Published March 6th 2016 by Penguin Audio
Four and a half stars: Another fabulous book in a series you need to be reading.
A storm is brewing, and the clever monkeys have no idea that they are on the verge of being wiped out, becoming extinct because of their idiotic movements against the terra indigene, the Others. The Humans First and Last Movement continues to grow, lashing out against the Others and the humans who support them. Then humans cross the line, making a fatal mistake that enrages the powers that are older and far more dangerous than the Others. The Elders are coming to end humanity, unless Meg, Simon and some of the other members of the Lakeside Courtyard, Prairie Gold and the Intuit Society can prove that The Others and humans can coexist together. Will humanity survive?
What I Liked:
- Four books in, and I still am absolutely enamored and in love with The Others Series. If you haven't read this series, why? It is one of the best Urban Fantasy series out there. I love the characters, the complexity of the story, the paranormal and the touch of romance. Just stop right now, and go get this series.
- For those of you continuing to read this review, I am going to take a minute and gush about the characters. I love the cast of characters. There is such an eclectic blend of paranormal creatures. You have vampires, a huge variety of Shapeshifters, the Elementals, the cassandra sangue as well as the humans, good and bad. I can't get enough of these characters.
- Meg and Simon continue to be the heart and soul of the series. Meg is a cassandra sangue, a blood prophet, who foresees the future when a cut is made on her skin. Simon is a wolf shapeshifter, more wolf than man, but he is trying to work with and understand the humans. I love watching Meg and Simon influence one another for the better. Thanks to Meg, Simon is trying to coexist with the humans. I am enjoying seeing Meg continue to evolve, and I am curious to see who she will continue to work with the tarot cards.
- I like Simon's pack of humans, and I love seeing the humans learning to interact with The Others.
- In this book, the Sanguinati play a larger role in this book, and I was pleased to get to know not only Vlad better, but also Nix and Tolia. These are not your typical run of the mill vampires.
- This book brings to a head the growing tension that has been building over the last four books regarding the Others and the Humans First and Last Movement. The humans continue to make stupid mistakes, enraging the Others. I kept waiting for The Others to open a can of whoop ass, and it finally happens. Once the dust settles, it is apparent there are big changes in store for everyone. I am eager to explore the new world.
- The romance in this story continues to still be one that holds you hostage. You wait eagerly for that moment when everything changes. I love the subtleness of the relationship and all the funny misunderstandings that occur when a wolf and a human try to understand one another's behavior. I am still waiting for that magical moment, but for now, I am loving what I am getting.
- Surprisingly, even though this is a book packed with danger and tension, there are lots of humorous moments, from Simon and Vlad discussing human kissy books and human mating habits, to the Others Etiquette Column. I especially love the misunderstandings that the Others and humans have regarding each other's behaviors. So fun.
- There are plenty of new characters introduced this time as the story extends out to Prairie Gold. I am enjoying meeting the new Others as well as the humans who work with them.
- The ending leaves the reader eager for more even though there is no cliffhanger. The dust has settled, leaving a new world that must be navigated. I can't wait for more, and I hope that this series will go on and on.
- I cannot recommend the audiobooks enough. Alexandra Harris does a phenomenal job with the narration. I especially love her accents for the Sanguinate. My only tiny niggle is that I still don't love Simon's voice.
And The Not So Much:
- The confrontation between the Humans and the Others has been building over the last four books. I was more than eager for that big moment when the Others lashed out, and I have to admit, I was a tiny bit disappointed because I wanted more whoop ass. Yes, the clever monkeys get what they deserve, but I wished that more of it played out on the pages.
- I was disappointed that we didn't get really anything regarding Jean, the other Cassandra Sangue. I am hoping she will be back in the next book.
- There was a strange little story line introduced that didn't go anywhere. It was regarding Monty's brother. I was wondering what the deal was with that?
Marked in Flesh is another phenomenal and pivotal book in one of my all time favorite Urban Fantasy Series. This series has it all: eclectic characters, paranormal, terrific world building, action, danger, and a touch of romance. I love this series, and I can't get enough. It is going to be a long wait for the next book. If you haven't picked up this series, why? Get it now!
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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