Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

March 7th, 2017 kimbacaffeinate Review 57 Comments

7th Mar
Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop
Etched in Bone
by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #5
Published by: Penguin
Narrator: Alexandra Harris
Length: 16 hours and 21 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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Narration Rating: 5
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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

ADDICTIVE TOPREAD urban well written

“This would be more enjoyable if we could eat a few of them.” Vlad shook his head. Even potential employees had to be considered nonedible.

If you have been following Caffeinated then you know I am a huge fan of the Others series by Anne Bishop. I own the series in all formats available (expect paperback) and must first listen to the narration performed by Alexandra Harris before rereading the hardcover edition. Obsessed?  Maybe, but I love the world and characters Bishop has created. ETCHED IN BONE, the fifth novel and the last novel featuring the characters from Lakeside takes us back to the Courtyard as humans, and the others live side by side.

The uprising by the humans has ended, and some human towns and farms have been abandoned. Towns are being filled by Others with a mix of humans, and the Elders decide to observe Lakeside and their interactions with the humans and Not Food Meg. I loved being back in the Lakeside community despite the difficult times throughout Thaisia. ETCHED IN BONE focuses on the interaction between the humans and others as homes and jobs for the human pack are established. Cyrus James Montgomery, brother to Lieutenant Montgomery and his sister appears with his wife and two children. The tale that unfolds shares how the Others meter out justice as Bishop holds nothing back.

We see and hear a lot about the state of Thaisia after Namid’s claws, and teeth handled the uprising. Most of the land has been reclaimed leaving humans in smaller areas. There are food and gas shortages that even effect the Lakeside community. Ration cards have been distributed, and the Others are working hard to restore order. The Simple Life people are doing well as are most of the Intuits. We learn about progress being made, and even the Lakeside community aids the cause by interviewing humans for jobs on farms and cities being run similar to Lakeside. I loved all these little tidbits of information.

It was wonderful spending time within the Lakeside community. The interactions between the characters and the way Simon and the others handle situations as they arise kept me fully engaged. We learn more about the cassandra sangue and are rewarded with some answers. We learn what happens when one of their cuts is reopened. Meg is learning to use other methods, but does share some prophecy and finds herself in danger. One of my favorite parts of the story is a meal shared with the others and humans living within the Lakeside community. Montgomery’s Mom is a force to reckoned with and made me smile. For those eager to see what develops between Meg and Simon, we are rewarded and I felt Bishop handled it beautifully.

While I was saddened to see our time at Lakeside come to a close, I was excited to learn that stories in this world will continue. LAKE SILENCE, the sixth book in the Others series will take us to the Jumble located on the shore of Lake Silence. Vicki and the town’s residents are facing a series of vicious murders in their community. I cannot wait to travel there!

If you haven’t started this series, consider grabbing your earbuds. Alexandra Harris does a spectacular job of narrating. I love her pacing, tone and the unique voices she creates for each character.

ETCHED IN BONE was delightful from beginning to end and was the perfecting ending for the Lakeside community. I hope we still hear about these characters. Perhaps one of the Crows will be a penpal to a human in the Jumble community.

Etched in Bone delivered a fitting ending to the Lakeside story, now on to Lake Silence #audio Click To Tweet

About Anne Bishop

Anne Bishop lives in upstate New York where she enjoys gardening, music, and writing dark, romantic stories. She is the author of fourteen novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel,Twilight’s Dawn, made the New York Times bestsellers list. She is currently working on a new series, which is an urban dark fantasy with a bit of a twist.

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57 Responses to “Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop”

  1. Ksenia

    I’ve heard a lot of positive things about this series, Kim. Being me I’ve waited when all installments are released so I can binge read the whole series. I didn’t realize that the sixth book won’t be a continuation of this story. I’m an audiobook fan as you know, so I’ll definitely go for the audiobooks. Thanks for the recs!
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  2. Kathryn

    I love this series too, although I only have one copy of each. Mostly audiobook and I have just been over to Audible to purchase this one once I was reminded it was out. Will be sorry to say goodbye to these characters even though the series continues. I still have to finish a long audio but then I’m doing a happy dance and getting into this one.
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  3. Michele

    Haha – that quote is fabulous! I do know what a big fan you are of this series, which is why I’ve been collecting them; and now I cannot wait to binge them all this summer. Then I will know all about the Lakeside community! So happy this has such a great conclusion. Wonderful review, my friend 🙂
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  4. Tyler H. Jolley

    I’ve been following your reviews on this series for a while. I’m so glad it you loved the final book. I’m really bad about not finishing the last book for a long time. I just hate for it to end.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL..I feel you but this is a series where EVERY DANG THING gets set aside and you devour it. LOL I would be crying right now, except the fact we will continue to have stories in this world.

  5. Victoria

    Hmm… I don’t know why keep skipping this series, I know there is a lot of love out there for it. I need to get on board and finally read it. Maybe I’ll try it on audio – I heard the audiobooks are good. 🙂

  6. Michelle

    I am SO excited for this one! I just bought it yesterday and cannot WAIT to finish my current book so I can listen to it! 😀

    Great review! So glad to see that A) it’s still awesome; and B) we’ll be getting more stories from this world 🙂
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  7. kimbacaffeinate

    Enjoy, My hardcover edition arrived today…and looks so pretty next to the others. Now I will begin re-reading. The audiobooks are my fav way though.

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