Monday, 19 February 2018

Etched in Bone - Book Review

Etched in Bone (The Others #5)
by Anne Bishop

What is it about:
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 did I think of it:
Things I've learned from reading this series:
Humans are evil and never learn
Women don't like bison meat
Meg is super special with special sauce on top

To be fair:
I very much enjoyed this series. Bishop is a master at world building and she creates really cool characters. It's just a shame that her heroines are lacking for me.

This book is a great read, but it felt as if Bishop had concluded her main storyline for this series in the previous book and then remembered she had forgotten to finish some minor storylines, so she came up with the plot in this book to tie everything up.

The story is almost entirely set in Lakeside and there's a lot of Meg. Luckily there were enough scenes with my favorite characters to make up for her specialness. I liked reading about Monty's mother, and I enjoyed the antics of the crows. The storyline isn't the best in this series, but it's entertaining.

All in all a nice wrap-up of the dangling storylines in Lakeside. I must say I'm looking forward to the paperback of the next book - Lake Silence - as it has new lead characters, one of them a Crowgard.

Why should you read it:
It's a very enjoyable Urban Fantasy read.

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