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Marked In Flesh (A Novel of the Others) Hardcover – March 8, 2016
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Praise for Marked in Flesh
“Without doubt this is one of the best UF series on the market, and in this newest chapter, the peril and terror factors are completely off the charts! Bishop is one hell of a storyteller!”—RT Book Reviews
“I just can't rave enough about Anne Bishop's dark and disturbingly beautiful world. If you read just one dark fantasy series, make it The Others.”—Fresh Fiction
“Scary and charming.”—Locus
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!”—USAToday.com
“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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I didn't mind the new characters. Some book series suffer from feeling they can never stray from the main characters first introduced. I really love Hope and Jackson. But sadly very few others of these new characters got developed enough to care much about them. It felt like they were just filling up space to make the book long enough until we got back to Meg and co. Other characters that had been developed didn't get as much page time, and I missed them. The Crows, for example, barely got a mention and no dialogue.
Certain things were repeated to the point that I got very frustrated with it. Characters talked or thought about the same things over and over with no new information or perspective; such as the whole 'how much human is too human to be' for Simon, and the worries about the Elders attack.
Meg and Simon's relationship development felt put on hold for this entire book. It felt as it that was being saved for the last book. I like 'slow burn' relationships and it makes sense for these characters. But done to this extreme it felt forced.
The entire book really felt as if they decided they wanted this series to be 5 books long, when maybe it would have been better more tightly written as 3 or 4. Bishop's Black Jewels series also suffered, imo, when there was demand for her to continue after she'd thought she was done.
For me the pacing was very off in this book, leaving it a slow, meandering read. I found it sluggish and without a theme at its center. The climax was more of a thud than a high point in the book. Throughout the book I felt I'd been left by the author to drift and find my own story. I understand the through line but as a work unto itself this just didn't measure up for me.
That said, I love this vision and the world created in books 1-3. I'll very likely read the next volumes. This felt limp and leaden compared to the prior books. Had anyone else written this, I'd give it 2 stars. Bishop is so good I feel this warrants 3.
This one really is action-packed and exciting. The new characters (yay a cameo from the Ocean and the Sharkgard) fit in well and Bishop, as usual, makes it easy to instantly connect with them and feel an instant rapport. The only downside of the expanded cast and scope is that this means that there are much less of Meg and Simon... their relationship is progressing, but I feel left out of some of their interactions! Still, it's a great series and I am left unsure of what direction the series will take next... I am glad that I decided to re-read this series for my birthday!
The premise of this series is so new and different that everything that comprises the world building just provides a totally different perspective.
I love the comic moments, the break up the tension and give me a quick break to breathe. I know that there will be at least one more book but, I'm hopeful that there will be a new story arc, that will give us new characters with new problems on how to rebuild.