Review: ETCHED IN BONE by Anne Bishop


Anne Bishop

SeriesThe Others #5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Roc
Pages: 397
Release date: March 7th 2017

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.

There is no safety in the dark.

With Etched in Bone I say goodbye to my favorite Urban Fantasy series, The Others. This is a worthy conclusion to Meg and Simon’s story, taking us on a final journey through the Lakeside Courtyard and delivering a story that is sweet, dark, and slow paced.

Anne Bishop has won my heart and admiration. Her writing continues to be wonderful, and the eerie world she has created is incredibly and one of my favorite things about the series as a whole. There is a lot of conflict in this novel, this time human-centered, and most of the loose threads are addressed.

There is one overall feeling that made this a 4.5 star book for me instead of a 5. I couldn’t help but think this book was kind of… unnecessary? As a fan, I loved and enjoyed getting more of The Others, and reading this was super fun, but I do think the plot was a little underwhelming after the events of Marked in Flesh. I feel like maybe this should have been book 4 instead of 5. Although, as it stands, it feels like a very long epilogue to the last installment, so I won’t complain. 😛

Etched in Bone is a great read. It has all the things we love about the series: witty humor, dark and twisted turns, danger, deaths, and Meg learning more about herself. The character development continues to be a treat, even after everything that’s happened, right through the end of it all.

In fact, the characters continue to be what makes this series. From Meg to Simon to Twyla to Burke to the Elders, everyone is an absolute delight to read about. I particularly loved every single moment we had with Twyla, and her take-no-shit attitude made for a lot of laughs.

And the romance, gah! Once again, this is not a series that focuses on that aspect and gives us a steam scene every couple of chapters. The romance between Simon and Meg is the slowest of burns, and so so so sweet. I loved the depth of the connection between them. And the moment they finally get to where we want them to be? I teared up a little bit.

In the end, it is with deep deep deep sadness that I say goodbye to this gem of an Urban Fantasy series. Anne Bishop created a world that I fell in love with, and I will miss it dearly. To every Fantasy fan who hasn’t read this yet, do it. Treat yourself to greatness.




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