5bat! Review: Etched in Bone (The Others #5) by Anne Bishop

March 23, 2017 Review 0

5bat! Review: Etched in Bone (The Others #5) by Anne BishopEtched In Bone by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others
Published by Roc on March 7th 2017
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 397
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Sexual Content: References to sex and rape
Reviewed by: James
5 Stars

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

The Others is one of my favorite urban fantasy series. I love The Others so much because it is almost a purely character driven story. There is still a great over arching plot to the whole series, but what keeps me turning the pages are the characters. ETCHED IN BONE continues that tradition and develops the characters even more than before.

My favorite thing about ETCHED IN BONE and the entire The Others series are the emotions the book pulls from me. The Others series is one of the few series that can actually make me laugh out loud. Some of the wolves, especially the pups, just do crazy things that make me laugh. Other moments make me tear up whether because of something sad happening or just something amazing. There was one scene in particular involving Sam that brought up a lot of emotions. It was an amazing character development scene that really hit home for me. There aren't many series out there like that.

If you aren't a fan of character driven books then ETCHED IN BONE isn't for you. There is a solid plot in ETCHED IN BONE, but it isn't the focus in my opinion. However, if The Others series hits you like it does me, then ETCHED IN BONE is just more of the same, but better because the characters keep growing and changing. ETCHED IN BONE is a satisfactory conclusion to the Meg Corbyn arc, though I hope we still get to see here in Bishop's future projects in Thaisia, because it will be sad to see her go.

Series Titles:
  1. Written in Red
  2. Murder of Crows
  3. Vision in Silver
  4. Marked in Flesh
  5. Etched in Bone
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