Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn, see the new, closer companionship as beneficial—both personally and practically.
But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don’t realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land that belongs to the Others—and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs…
What I liked: I am a huge fan of The Others Series and I recommend this series to all my friends and readers who contact me.
I love the uncertainty in Marked In Flesh. It creates tension throughout the whole of the story and is even present at the end. Seriously, I've read this ARC four times and find something new each time.
The Human's First League (HFL) is at it again and just cannot understand their own peril. They are so full of themselves and think by dealing with "the Others" they can see and harm is the only impediment to ridding themselves of the pesky Others. Their crimes will be coming home to roost though even when they are claiming victory.
Meanwhile, Simon and the Lakeside Courtyard are struggling with their own problems. A theme throughout Marked in Flesh is, "how much human is enough?" The Elders are watching how Simon deals with the "good" humans and Simon is trying to save those worth saving. Meg is trying her darnedest to find a way for the blood prophets to make their predictions without cutting. As "The Trailblazer" of her kind, Meg is struggling to find a common way for the blood prophets to work together from a distance. She wants to find a common core so all blood prophets don't struggle as she did to put prophecies in context.
The relationship between Meg and Simon is continuing to grow despite the many miscues between them. They are both so adorably clueless in the romance area and Simon especially doesn't want to lose The Meg. I don't think he has anything to worry about as Meg's human pack is trying to help all they can.
The Others know what is coming for the humans and must make some tough choices. The humans with any type of sense also know something is going to happen in revenge for the stupidity of the HFL; and in turn have some hard choices to make.
There are scenes of extreme violence in Marked in Flesh. Ms Bishop handled them as well as I've ever read. She made her point, horrified me, and then moved on.
What I didn't like: I don't have the next book and it won't be here for a year!!
I didn't provide very many details and there's a reason for that. Marked in Flesh is action filled and every little scene leads to something bigger. Ms Bishop has created an extremely unique world and I totally buy into it. I think that is the highest praise I can give an author.
I was provided an ARC by NetGalley for a fair and honest review.
Highest of Recommendations (Start with the first book, Written in Red).