Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Review: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

Publication Date: 3/7/2017
Series: The Others #5
Rating: 5 Stars


 Official Blurb: 

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

As avid lover of this series, I jumped for joy when the publisher approved me for a very early ARC.  Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity!

Etched in Bone has literally left me speechless, awe stuck, and a little depressed that Meg and Simon’s story has come to a close.  While I know that there is a continuation in this same world coming in 2018, it still saddens me.  Meg and Simon quickly became two of my favorite characters in all of the book series’ that I follow religiously.  Their relationship was simple.  Sure there wasn’t gobs of unbridled passion, but the chemistry and feelings were all still there.  Meg and Simon’s relationship felt as if you were getting to see how two young people bumbled through their feelings for each other.  It wasn’t erotic.  It wasn’t messy.  It was absolutely perfect.

Bishop’s masterful twists and turns left me on the edge of my seat for the entire book. The storyline was fast paced and worrisome.  I found myself on more than one occasion tempted to fast forward to the back of the book because I couldn’t take the suspense of knowing what could happen.  I didn’t, of course, but the temptation was there quite a few times.  Etched in Bone is exciting and enthralling, and will likely cement this series in fame for many years to come.  It isn’t often when an urban fantasy novel breaks the barriers on its genre and gives fans something different and unique. 

With this book, Anne Bishop has created a literary masterpiece.  The comedic timing with Vlad and even Simon’s perspective on life in the Courtyard is paired beautifully with the suspenseful drama.  The sweet sentiments of Meg and Simon’s relationship are beautiful against the dark thoughts of the new residents in town.  Etched in Bone will forever be etched in your hearts while becoming a long time favorite re-read.  While 2018 is a long time away, I can only hope to love the next series even more. 

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