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
What I didn’t like: I wanted to get the elephant in the room out of the way first. I hated that this storyline of The Others series had to end at five books. I kind of understand the rationale but not really. Yes, I know, Ms Bishop is writing a spin off series but it’s not the characters, the situations and the setting that I love. So, yeah, the only bad thing I can say is, it’s O – V – E – R. Done, finished, or is it? Will we get the opportunity to see some of these characters in the spin off? I certainly hope so.
Again, the e-book price is higher than I like but believe me, it's well worth the money. I would recommend just buying the hardcover. I did both.
What I liked: Ms Bishop could have made Etched In Bone darker than some of the other books but her choice was to end it with questions and hope. I especially liked that part. I don’t need a step by step guide on Meg and Simon’s progression into a sexual relationship. Ms Bishop handled that superbly in my opinion.
While the world in rebounding from the Wild One’s “teeth and claws”, Lieutenant Crispin James Montgomery’s brother finally makes an appearance. As much as we love Monte and his efforts throughout the series, I think I knew what a cad Cyrus was going to be. I just didn’t think he would be so stupid in his decision making. Well, he doesn’t fool very many people for very long. What I found interesting was the Elders wanted to see how Cyrus’ decisions and interactions with the Lakeside Community would progress. In other words, they wanted to learn and in the learning, they realize their mistake.
Ms Bishop also gave us hope with the progression of Meg’s ability in using forms of Taro cards for visions instead of just cutting. I’m glad she just didn’t leave us hanging (well, just a bit) on the possible future for the Blood Prophets.
The rest of the world is thrown even further back into the stone age than when this series started but some humans prove their mettle and goodness in dealing with The Others. Again, a message of hope. The Others’ patience with the humans is on edge and if the humans set a foot wrong, there is no redemption at this point.
I’ve read Etched in Bone twice since I was lucky enough to get an ARC from NetGalley. I’m still picking up new things and wondering about others.
I read a lot, I mean A LOT and The Others series is one I will never forget. It’s unique in a world of so many urban fantasy novels. After each book in this series, it stayed on my mind. Several times, I was so wound up, I couldn’t sleep. That’s what I call a first-class series. I will miss The Meg and all the other characters but I have HOPE, Ms Bishop will include updates in her future works.