Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads
New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop returns to her world of the Others, as humans struggle to survive in the shadow of shapeshifters and vampires far more powerful than themselves…
After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders—a primitive and lethal form of the Others—the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no-man’s-land beyond their borders—and the darkness…
As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all their efforts are threatened when Lieutenant Montgomery’s shady brother arrives, looking for a free ride and easy pickings.
With the humans on guard against one of their own, tensions rise, drawing the attention of the Elders, who are curious about the effect such an insignificant predator can have on a pack. But Meg knows the dangers, for she has seen in the cards how it will all end—with her standing beside a grave.
I received an e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
One of the best urban fantasy/supernatural series ended with "Etched in Bone". The story of Meg and the Others concludes with this book, which is big and covers almost everyone who live in the Lakeside Courtyard.
The Elders roam Thasia after the events of the previous book and Simon's Courtyard becomes the center of the events which can determine the fate of all humans. I adored every moment he and Meg shared, which are much more than the previous books. As also the little family they have made with Sam and Skippy.
The human pack also has its own story to say. From Monty and the police force to the children and the elderly Twylla Montgomery who also lives in the Courtyard. There were also many funny episodes between chapters which gave a lighter tone to the story. Seeing the Others trying to find out more about human behavior is always very funny.
The ending of this series was very satisfying. Though I wouldn't mind more of Meg's and Simon's story to be told, I recently discovered that Anne Bishop will write another series based on the Others universe. But still, I want to learn about Jana the police officer and the male Wolfgard who is her boss! That would make an amazing couple!
And don't miss the rest books of this series!
About the author:
nne Bishop lives in upstate New York where she enjoys gardening, music, and writing dark, romantic stories. She is the author of fourteen novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel, Twilight’s Dawn, made the New York Times bestseller list.
She is currently working on a new series, which is an urban dark fantasy with a bit of a twist.
Crawford Award (2000)