Book Review – Etched in Bone

Book: Etched in Bone (The Others 5) by Anne Bishop
Release Date: March 7th 2017
Tags: Urban Fantasy / Werewolves / Shapeshifting
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Other books in this series I reviewed
Written in Red / Murder of Crows / Vision in Silver + Marked in Flesh


Possible spoilers for the previous books in the series


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


I have made no secret of my newfound love for The Others series at the end of last year. I fell very hard for this world and these characters. There is so much here to think about and interactions to laugh about. This book focuses on the aftermath of the big Elder storm that came at the end of the fourth book.  There is no big exciting plot that truly comes forward in this book. But this book does wrap up some loose ends that were left at the end. How would they truly adjust to living together and build a life as a community? In the last book there was the small threat of Monty’s brother possibly coming. Does he? What does he bring to the table?


Compared to the previous two books this book focuses back more on the characters that we started this all with. There are no side steps to places outside of Lakeside. If I have one complaint to make about this book is that we did not get enough of Vlad, Tess and Henry or even Nathan. They were there but not front and centre like in the past. I think that was a shame.

I know some people found this book boring, but I could not stop turning the pages. Perhaps nothing big happens like in the other books. However there is still a lot going on between the characters that form this new community and I think that is important as well. It is perhaps a bit of a different kind of book to wrap up a series with then we are used to, no big explosions, but I don’t think there is anything wrong with that at all. Written in Red didn’t start out that way either and I think it wraps up these characters in a similar way.

One of the biggest things that people were looking forward to was the romance between Simon and Meg. Simon being an other and Meg being a blood prophet there are some hurdles in the way. Added to that Meg has been through a lot when in the compound and sex and romance scare her. Even so there is a clear pull towards these characters throughout the whole series. And their relationship has evolved a lot throughout the series. Throughout this book the question of them is more an underline to everything else. Would I have possibly preferred to get more between the two? Yes, probably. But even so I think that this way is a realistic way for these characters to wrap things up for the time period that was allowed to them.

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