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Etched in Bone (A Novel of the Others) Hardcover – March 7, 2017
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Praise for Etched in Bone
“A fantastic punch of gritty and dark politics and interspecies war. This series is utterly engrossing.”—Fresh Fiction
“One of the most original and phenomenal UF series out there...an epically amazing and thrilling story.”—RT Book Reviews
“As compelling as ever.”—Library Journal
“[A] beautifully crafted world.”—Smexy Books
More Praise for Anne Bishop and the Novels of the Others
“Anne Bishop is so good at writing character development....I love this series and I NEED MORE!”—USA Today
“A stunningly original yarn, deeply imagined, beautifully articulated, and set forth in clean, limpid, sensual prose.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The Queen of Fantasy...Teeming with intrigue, suspense, heartbreak, and hints of romance, Bishop’s literary skills continue to astound and enchant.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop is a winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award, presented by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, for The Black Jewels Trilogy. She is also the author of the Ephemera series, the Tir Alainn trilogy, and the Novels of the Others—including Etched in Bone, Marked in Flesh, Vision in Silver, Murder of Crows, and Written in Red. She lives in upstate New York.
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The first book in this series was magic, and the reason was the small village of the Others, the characters in and around the compound and Meg. Book 5 revisits that magical formula. Because the focus of the story narrows back to Meg and her friends, the book becomes an awesome treat and an excellent way to close out this groundbreaking series. For some reason it is harder to write a good review about a book than a bad one. With a bad review you can point to particular instances you didn't like, but with a good review you just know you liked it! And did I ever! Closing the book made me sad it had ended, but I was completely satisfied with my reading experience which kept me up half the night and involved me reading every single word and savoring it as I would an excellent steak or a glass of high-end champagne.
BTW, the publisher sets the price of the book, and for a copy and paste job, it is very high priced. However, I consider Bishop's brilliance to be worth every penny, and I hope the publisher who gouged us is in turn taken to the cleaners when it comes time to renegotiate Bishop's contract.
It was slower than some of the other in the series, but just as entertaining. You could see the conflict building but the story took its time being told, which was perfect. We got to know some of the side characters more fully, and saw the relationship between Simon and Meg deepen.
I cannot recommend this series highly enough. It is well worth the time to read. If fact, I am going to go do a re-read of everything so far.
Would I read it again? Absolutely!
After the events of the previous book, everyone is on edge. The Elders are trying to figure out how much of the humans to keep and whether or not they are worth the bother. They send two of their Elders to observe the interactions between humans and Others in the Lakeside Courtyard. They haven't picked a really good time.
Lieutenant Crispin James Montgomery is one of the humans that the Others trust. He is living in their compound with his young daughter Lizzie. His sister and her two daughters and his mother have recently come from the destruction in Toland. His mother is making a place for herself in the Courtyard but his sister is too much under the influence of his brother Jimmy to fit in. When Jimmy arrives with his wife and two children all sorts of things start to go wrong. He is a bad person. The wolves want to expel him from the Courtyard but the Elders want them to keep him around to observe. He wreaks all sorts of havoc.
This was a smaller story than the previous book but just as emotionally intense. Simon Wolfgard and Meg Corbyn are falling in love which is a new experience for both of them. Meg is a Blood Prophet who is trying to find a way to control her need to cut herself to trigger her visions. She is the role model for the other younger blood prophets. Simon is trying to understand Meg and take care of her but he wonders if they can ever have a relationship. A wolf and a human seem an unlikely pair.
Despite the emotional intensity, there were all sorts of elements of humor too. The actions of the human pack which the Others tend to refer to as exploding puffballs is constantly baffling and sometimes scary to the Others who deal with them. Talk about cultural misunderstandings!
I loved the way that Meg makes friends with all the various others from wolves and crows to vampires and elementals. I also love her relationship with Simon's nephew Sam and his friend Skippy. I thought the potluck and the humans acceptance of Skippy was one of the most touching things I've read in a long, long time.
I love this series and gladly point to my keeper copies when people want to know what great paranormal books look like.