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Etched in Bone (A Novel of the Others) Mass Market Paperback – February 6, 2018
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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 the author of the Novels of the Others series and The World of the Others series.
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The focal point of this novel was Cyrus James Montgomery. He’s a con artist, and sees Lakeside as easy pickings because he has an in with his brother, mother and sister already in residence. Jimmy’s presumptuous, arrogant, and just plain daft if he believes that he can hide behind human laws in the Courtyard. The terra indigene mete out their own brand of justice; it’s ugly and barbaric, and in my opinion the punishments fit the crimes. CJ’s schemes escalate until he does the unthinkable. A shot to the heart would have probably hurt less!
The citizens are busy picking up the pieces of whatever is left in the wake of Namid’s claws and teeth. Cel-Romano has practically fallen off the map, most of the land has been reclaimed by the wild country, and food rations abound in the surviving cities. The Simple Life folk and the Intuits are thriving, and the cassandra sangue are still a work-in-progress, but for the average human, life is hard. Meg’s female pack make inroads with the Others by breaking bread together for the first time, and two Elders observe it all like some twisted science experiment.
The author doesn’t yank the rug out from under us as far as epiphanies go although, she does touch upon a few items that readers have been musing over such as what happens when a prophet’s old scars are reopened. There were also several delightful moments which I’d found to be lacking in the previous volume. Skippy will surprise you, and Corbyn makes a HUGE faux pas—I’m pretty sure that she only lives to tell the tale due to the fact that she’s the howling not-Wolf. And, yes, something DOES happen between Simon & Meg on the romantic front however, don’t set your hopes too high because… baby steps!
Anne Bishop could have probably written ten more books in this series, and I still wouldn’t be entirely content, but overall ETCHED IN BONE was a happy finale.
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.
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!
The story centered around a new bad guy -- Jimmy. Everyone knew from the minute he arrived that he was a problem, but the "Elders" showed up and made everyone put up with him so that there could be a plot. Lots of chapters are from his point of view, which I don't like. He's not so complex that I need to see into his slimy head to understand him.
I think with all the new humans and the various settlements, there were too many side characters. They hung around and didn't do much.
I feel like the entire book, the characters were doing the bare bones of what they did in other books over and over again without any real sense of development or progression: Meg gets kidnapped, Simon worries, everyone loves her, they will destroy all humans if she is harmed, etc. Her visions involve a lot of "?" cards. How can you say that you can see the future if all you see is a "?"? That's what everybody sees!
Yes, Simon and Meg kissed, but they didn't actually deal with her issues around sex and sexual abuse. At all. I guess we'll see that in the next book, which is why this one feels like filler.