Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop Review

Title: Etched in Bone

Author: Anne Bishop

Publisher:  Roc

Format: Hardcover

Publication Date: March 7, 2017

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

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

Well, Anne Bishop delivered another knockout finale, and it is exactly in her style. Some may feel like the quiet ending isn’t enough considering how much tension and anticipation readers have had for Meg and Simon, but for me it was perfect. Also not surprising, considering what a big fan I am of the author’s work this is the kind of ending I expected given the slow romance here.

However, the true brilliance in this book is coming back to the Lakeside Courtyard, and getting to catch up with our favorite characters. This was a wrap-up book, there is trouble coming, but it’s a manageable kind (mostly.) I loved that the Elders came back to the Courtyard to learn about the humans there, and how to identify the wrong kind of human. They made some poor choices in trying to observe, but there is no doubt they learned what they needed too.
I’ve been waiting for most of the series, to have a character that is the quintessential bad guy, most Bishop series do, and Cyrus James Montgomery was certainly awful. A selfish psychopath, he manipulates those around him, and managed to worm his way into the Courtyard through Lieutenant Montgomery’s sister, Sierra. I actually felt incredibly bad for her, because he managed to play on every insecurity she had about being adopted, and twist her up. I think her leaving was the bravest thing she could do, because she had to get away from that situation. There were also some truly hilarious moments between the Elders and Meg over the best way to ask for cookies. Also a tender and heartwarming moment with Skippy.

I would have loved a little more detail after Meg is rescued, and the relationship with Simon, but I’m not terribly surprised that it’s not included. I suspect we will have a short story anthology soon ala The Blood Jewels Trilogy. Overall I would give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

4.5/5 – Fabulous Read, Recommended

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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“Maybe it was human nature to want to please the person who rejects you, who wants you to prove you deserve to be loved. Maybe.”
Anne Bishop, Etched in Bone