She did it again!!!!
What an amazing book!
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.
Hardcover, 397 pages
Published March 7th 2017
Honestly, I would recommend this series to ANYONE!! That’s how good it is.
This series has occupied me now for a couple months. I started the first book late last year, which turned out fortunate because the last book, book #5 was released last week. Because of that I was able to read the entire series (5 books in all) in a couple of months and didn’t have to spread it out over 5 years.
Although, now I’m a devoted Anne Bishop fan and will have to wait like everyone else for her next book – sigh!
Let’s get back to Etched in Bone.
Etched in Bone was the LAST installment in Meg and Simon’s arc. I loved them dearly and it breaks my heart that I won’t be able to read another book about those two.
I honestly fell in love with Meg. She was such an unique character. A clean slate for a human being. She had no prejudice towards anyone. For her everyone was the same, from human, to shifter, to elemental.
Etched in Bone started a few weeks after book 4 ended. Humans were on probation and the Elders were watching and trying to learn which of the humans could be trusted and if maybe killing them all would be wiser.
Meg got better using the prophesy cards instead of cutting herself, which I thought was wonderful news. I hoped that she would find a way to get around the cutting. And she got better in asking for help as well, even so she still got in a pickle for not doing it fast enough. But she was getting better.
For Simon nothing much had changed. Meg was still the centre of his universe. And he still had a human pack that grew by bounds and the human fluff balls still made him wary, but he got used to them as well.
The interactions between The Others and the human fluff balls was a continuous source of entertainment for me. I adored how wary those big shifters were around the human women – ADORABLE!!!
There was a new threat to the Lakeside community. The author did an amazing job in depicting it in such a way that my skin crawled at times. Unbelievable that such beings existed.
There were so many times I chuckled and laughed. I think I was smiling the entire time I listened to the audiobook. When Etched in Bone came out I had to make a decisions. Either I would read the hardcover or continue with the audiobook. The last 4 books were all audiobooks and I really loved the narrator and the way she voiced the different characters. She did a marvelous job!!!!!!!!!! Because of that I decided to continue with the audiobook, I truly would have missed her voice. But I bought the hardcover for bookshelf eye candy.:D
Etched in Bone was for me like coming back to family and friends. I got to know so many of the characters throughout the entire series, and started to care about them and consequently love them. It’s heartbreaking to know that there won’t be any Simon, Meg, Sam, Henry, Vlad, Skippy. I loved them ALL!!!
The way the Lakeside community took Meg in. Loved her unconditionally was heart-warming. They took her in, protected her, and made her one of their own – the howling not-Wolf. She finally belonged somewhere. Because of that she had a special position.
Unbeknown to her, she changed The Others’s way of thinking – not all humans were meat.
The idea that ONE human being could change an entire species fate – was enormous but also felt so RIGHT. Meg was a kind of a super hero, and not because of her powers of prophecy, but because of the way she changed the outcome and fate for an entire race without knowing it.
I could go on, and on about this series. All of the books were OUTSTANDING!!!
The author mentioned in an interview that she will continue writing in this world. The next book will be in a different place, with different characters. At this point, I don’t care what she writes, I will be reading and buying it.