Author: Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #5
Published by: Roc
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
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
So. Freaking. Good. I was sad about the series coming to an end, but I was excited to see what would happen. Especially after the events in the previous book. Bishop did a great job pulling it all together to give a satisfying ending to these characters, and made this an excellent series through and through.
Even though the human uprising was put to an end, things are still tense and very uncertain. The Elders have a big decision to make. They chose to observe The Courtyard in order to determine the fate of humans. No pressure! Of course, there has to be one asshole to screw things up.
I adore these characters so much! The more dangerous and terrifying the better. I really enjoyed watching the Others and the humans working together and bonding in their own ways. These two groups were once predator and prey, okay, they still are, but it’s different now. They’re evolving and have learned mutual respect and trust. Not that there isn’t still plenty to fear, but the growth is done exceptionally well. Bishop doesn’t go overboard and make them all hunky-dory overnight. There’s still struggle, but they’re on the right path.
We’ve been rooting for Meg and Simon from the very beginning, and it has been torture at times! For them too. Poor confused Simon. 😀 But, I’m pleased with the outcome. It’s been quite the ride with them, so it’s nice to see them get to the point that they do.
Overall, Etched in Bone is wonderful conclusion to one of my favorite series. Ah, but technically isn’t the end of the series, because there will be another book. The catch is it’s new characters in a different area. Woohoo! Hopefully we’ll still get glimpses of some of our favorites from The Courtyard.