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Review: Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

Marked in FleshTitle: Marked in Flesh

Author: Anne Bishop

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: The Others (Book #4)

Publication Date: March 8, 2016

Format: Hardcover, 399 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451474473 (Roc/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451474476 (Roc/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

For centuries, the Others and humans have lived side by side in uneasy peace. But when humankind oversteps its bounds, the Others will have to decide how much humanity they’re willing to tolerate—both within themselves and within their community…

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…

Quick & Dirty: Dark and heartbreaking installment where war finally comes for the humans and Others. I did not want to put this book down!

Opening Sentence: The sweet blood has changed things.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Marked in Flesh, the fourth installment of the Others series by Anne Bishop kept me just as enthralled as the first book in the series, Written in Red. This is the novel where shit hits the fan and the Elders come out to play and they don’t play nicely. The story has been leading to this moment over the course of the last couple books so I highly, highly recommend reading the previous books first. The beginning started off a bit slow setting up the war but when terrible things started happening I did not want to put this book down.

The Humans First and Last movement are finally making their move to take over all the land from the Others. At the beginning of the novel the HFL attack a pack of animals to see how the Others will react to the attack. In the meantime, Meg is trying to figure out other ways for the other cassandra sangue to not cut themselves. She is also continuing to work with her human friends to come up with a book of guidelines for these delicate women’s care. Simon is trying to answer the question posed to him by the Elders at the end of the last book.

Others that have met Meg are beginning to go out of their way and help some of the Intuit Human population and humans that they know harbor no ill will towards the Others. They know something bad is coming and are offering their help to gather supplies and safe locations to help hide them from the HFL and Elders. The Lakeside cops who are friends to the Lakeside Courtyard are doing everything they can in order to teach people that this war is not a good thing, that something bigger and badder is on its way and it is nothing like they’ve never seen before. These beings are hiding for a reason.

Marked in Flesh still had me emotionally everywhere. I was happy, furious and tearing up. I was really enthralled with this book because I really wanted to know how the visions would play out and how this war was going to tear this world apart. I also really want to know how Meg and Simons relationship will continue to grow and this one takes a really strange turn but it is funny.

I really enjoy the writing style. There is still some unnecessary descriptive writing but I think that Is part of the reason that I enjoy these books so much. I haven’t read any of Bishop’s true fantasy novels but I know I will have to pick them up at a later date because of how much I like these books. These books do still feel more fantasy-ish than the typical urban fantasy.

Overall, this is a must-read story for those who want something different and original. This world is so different from all the other paranormals. I can’t wait to see how this world continues to grow, how these creatures learn to get along and how the relationship will evolve with Simon and Meg but I’m really looking forward to the fallout and how the world itself will evolve.

Notable Scene:

No. No, no no! She’d had a happy day yesterday sketching the Wolf pups and juveniles. She’d drawn her friends as they napped and played and chased one another. Why, today, had she drawn them looking like this?

She tore the page in half, then in half again, before shoving the pieces under her bed. This wasn’t a vision drawing. It wasn’t! Her friends were whole and healthy! They weren’t missing limbs. They weren’t trying to crawl away from danger with their heads bashed to pulp. They weren’t lying in a field burned beyond recognition.

“It’s a bad drawing.” Hope sprang to her feet, intending to leave the cabin, to get away from the pencils and pastels and paper that told lies. “Won’t be real. Can’t be real.”

The Others Series:

1. Written in Red

2. Murder of Crows

3. Vision in Silver

4. Marked in Flesh

5. Etched in Bone

6. Lake Silence (2018)

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FTC Advisory: Roc/Penguin provided me with a copy of Marked in Flesh. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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