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- Listening Length: 16 hours and 21 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: March 7, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N7DM3DR
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Etched in Bone: A Novel of the Others Audible – Unabridged
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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.
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.
When I learned that this is scheduled as the last book in the Lakeside Courtyard portion of the series, I have some rather mixed emotions. A sixth book is planned for the series, but it sounds like while it shares this same universe, the main characters will be all new... but hopefully we will be granted some cameos at the very least!
Still, this last book is an exciting one, and while it may not be as unpredictable as some of the other entrants to the series, it is a satisfying conclusion that the past four books have been building towards. I am glad that I gave myself this series as a birthday reading fun break!
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!
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Author: Anne Bishop
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal
Format: Hardcover-Library loan
Heat: 3...Read more