Title: Etched in Bone
Author: Anne Bishop
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: The Others (Book #5)
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Format: Hardcover, 397 Pages
ISBN-10: 045147449X (Roc/Penguin)
ISBN-13: 978-0451474490 (Roc/Penguin)
Reviewed by: Kristie
New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop returns to her world of the Others, as humans struggle to survive in the shadow of shapeshifters and vampires far more powerful than themselves…
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.
Quick & Dirty: How dangerous can one human truly be toward the terra indigene? The answer: More dangerous than the Elders could have imagined.
Opening Sentence: As they gathered in the wild country between Tala and Etu, two of the Great Lakes, their footsteps filled the land with a terrible silence.
The fifth book in the Others series by Anne Bishop is Etched in Bone. It is a story that hits a little close to home right now so as amazing as the storytelling was I had a hard time dealing with Lieutenant Montgomery’s brother. This series has always held some kind of message but this is the one message that really got to me. Some humans are awful no matter what and they have no problem bringing others down for their own selfish gain. This novel can be read as a standalone but I don’t recommend it. The author does a good job of recapping past events and they don’t really predicate to this story but it would definitely help with background of characters and why things are the way they are.
A couple months have passed since the destruction of human towns and cities by the terra indigene. Towns are rebuilding and some communities are growing by combining Others, humans and Intuits. The humans who don’t want to work with the Others are moving to the all human settlements so food and other goods are being rationed. Lieutenant Montgomery’s family moved to Lakeside to avoid the storm but they left a toxic member of the family behind, at least they thought they did. When Lieutenant Montgomery’s brother, Cyrus, learns about the awesome deal his family is getting in Lakeside he has no problem inserting himself into the community hoping for a free ride. What Cyrus doesn’t know is that there is no such thing as a free ride with the Others, Simon expects him to do his fair share of work and then he will be compensated for it.
Simon, Vlad and the Others from the Lakeside Courtyard know that Cyrus is a bad dude but Simon is told by two Elders that he cannot kick him out because they want to observe this Cyrus and see why one lone human could spell trouble for the terra indigene. They don’t think he will do anything to them but maybe to other humans which they don’t care for. Cyrus causes so much trouble that he threatens to break the truce that the humans and Others have worked so hard towards.
Cyrus likes to take advantage of people and will do whatever he can to screw over whomever helps him out. He forces his sister to starve so he can make money selling her food. He is willing to rob the Others by hiring other people to do the dirty work. He is abusive, manipulative and hostile. He is smart enough to do these bad things but keep himself out of it so he won’t get in trouble for it because he always has an excuse.
This installment is dark and deals with some really terrible issues. Not only is Cyrus a terrible person but so is his son who has been acting out like his father. The son also does some really nasty things which made me feel really sad toward some of the other characters in this series.
Meg and Simon really begin to realize their attraction. They don’t so much as discuss it with each other but you as the reader understand how their feelings are complicating their relationship. This is not a romance novel but I was really hoping for some development on the romantic side then there was because I was convinced (from the first book) that the orgasmic high Meg gets from cutting she will also get with sex with Simon, which would also help her to not cut as much… but oh well.
Overall, this is a series that I will stick with and I can’t wait to see where it goes next. I am a little bummed to see book six follows a completely new set of characters. I really hope there is something with Meg and Simon. And Tess. And Vlad. I’m really going to miss these characters. I feel like they still have more stories to tell.
They were Wolves, and they were fast. But not fast enough.
The human boy hit Sam and broke skin. Sam grabbed the boy’s wrist and sank his teeth into the boy’s hand—a punishing bite, even if delivered with human teeth.
Mostly human teeth, Simon amended, seeing Wolf fangs when Sam leaped away and snarled.
The boy screamed, flailed—and hit Meg in the face.
“Meg!” Sam howled as fur suddenly covered his face and limbs and his head began to change to accommodate a Wolf’s jaws and teeth. He leaped on the boy, and Simon, feeling the same fury as he caught the scene of Meg’s blood, knew what would happen if Sam managed to get his teeth into the boy’s throat.
The Others Series:
6. Lake Silence (2018)
FTC Advisory: Roc/Penguin provided me with a copy of Etched in Bone. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.