Review: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

Posted October 12, 2018 by Holly in Reviews | 6 Comments

Review: Etched in Bone by Anne BishopReviewer: Holly
Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop
Narrator: Alexandra Harris
Series: The Others #5
Also in this series: Written in Red, Murder of Crows, Vision in Silver, Marked in Flesh, Written in Red, Murder of Crows, Wild Country, Vision in Silver, Written in Red
Publisher: Roc
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Format: Audiobook, eBook
Source: Purchased
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 496
Length: 16 hours and 21 minutes
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Series Rating: four-stars

New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop returns to her world of the Others, as humans struggle to survive in the shadow of shape-shifters and vampires far more powerful than they are. . . .

After the Elders cleansed and reclaimed many human towns, 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. . . .

Etched in Bone is the final installment of the Lakeside Courtyard Others series (though more novels set in the same world are in the works – begging with Lake Silence, March 2018). I do not believe it can be read as a standalone. The series really should be read in order.

Now that the human uprising against the Others has been put down – with entire civilizations wiped out – Meg and Simon Wolfgard need to keep the peace with the humans of Lakeside more than ever. The Elders, the oldest and most dangerous of The Others, are watching them to decide how much human should be kept in Thaisia. When Lt. Montgomery’s shady brother, Cyrus, arrives in Lakeside looking for a handout, the Elders decide this is an opportunity to learn the difference between Good humans and Bad humans.

In the beginning Simon may have wanted to study the humans, but now the Human Pack inside the Courtyard and Meg have changed things. He’s invested in their survival and understands he has to protect them the same as his Wolf Pack. His relationship with Meg is complicated by the fact that she’s human and he very much isn’t. Can they even become mates in truth? Does Meg want that? Between dealing with Cyrus Montgomery, settling the expanded human pack in the Courtyard and trying to help Meg figure out the best way to help the other liberated cassandra sangue live outside the Compounds, Simon has his hands full. With the Elders in Lakeside, Simon knows the smallest thing can upset the balance and damn them all.

Seeing the world break, then be rebuilt has been heart-breaking, horrifying and yet still there’s beauty in the horror. This is a world filled with multi-layered characters who constantly grow and expand. The most compelling thing about this series has been the depth of the character growth. As the world breaks we see what truly lies in the heart of humanity. Bishop has shown us the best and worst of us all.

4.25 out of 5

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6 responses to “Review: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

  1. Kareni

    I agree with all you said, Holly. This really is a great series.

    I’m trying to recall if you’ve already read Lake Silence. While it’s in the same world, it definitely is NOT a Meg and Simon book. I found it somewhat silly on my first read, but it’s really grown on me with re-reads.

    • I have read Lake Silence. I enjoyed it, though not as much as the Lakeside books. I’m looking forward to the next one, which will follow the female police officer (forgive me for not remembering the name of the town) as she starts her new life.

      • Kareni

        The police officer’s name is Jana, I believe, but I don’t recall the name of the town either. I am definitely eager to read that book; it’s coming in March, I believe.

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