Review: MARKED IN FLESH by Anne Bishop


Anne Bishop

SeriesThe Others #4
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Roc
Pages: 399
Release date: March 8th 2016

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…

This is what humans do.

Marked in Flesh is another amazing installment in the wonderful and unique The Others series. The stakes are the highest they have ever been, and Bishop delivers a story that’s powerful, dark, and utterly brilliant. This is a story that sinks its claws into you and does not let go.

Anne Bishop proves time and time again how great of a writer she is. Marked in Flesh shows just that, with its steady pace, action-packed twists, and predictable but still complex plot. Anyone who has been reading the series knows what is coming when they pick up this book. Still, this is a story that sinks its claws into you and does not let go.

This is the culmination of everything that has been established so far. As said above, we all know what’s coming. The humans want the world for themselves, and the terra indigene care about saving what’s theirs by right. Even so, the writing is so well-executed that even though you know what is going to happen, you’re still on the edge of your seat, unable to look away. And what a journey it is, oh my god.

I love this series. The characters just get more and more developed as the story progresses. It’s so satisfying to read a book where every characters grows and changes and transforms. No one is static in this series, which only enriches the story and the plot. Even the new faces that are introduced in this installment are great and interesting, all with unique voices and traits.

One of the highlights, at least for me, is seeing the Courtyard humans and the terra indigene work together. This is a relationship that has been building since the first installment, and it is so gratifying to see it work. It shows how things have changed, and how much of a difference Meg made in this world and the people who live in it.

Also, because I can’t not say anything about it: Simon and Meg. This series continues to have zero steamy scenes! Its focus is on survival, human greed, and learning how to live with people’s differences, but there is still a little romance to go around. Meg and Simon’s relationship gets even more development in this book, and I have to say their final scene together is probably one of the sweetest things I’ve ever read.

So once again, Anne Bishop has given readers a fantastic and unique Urban Fantasy book. Fans of her writing will love this, and Fantasy fans who still haven’t read this: what are you doing?




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