Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

March 11, 2016 2016, B+, book rating, Goodreads, NetGalley, Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge, New Release Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

marked-in-flesh-anne-bishopMarked in Flesh by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #4
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Setting: Lakeside
Published by Penguin/Roc, 2016
Format: e-Arc (Release Date: March 8)
–I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
416 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn, see the new, closer companionship as beneficial—both personally and practically.

But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don’t realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land that belongs to the Others—and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs…

Initial impressions

  • Loved it! I read this book so fast! Now I have a long wait for the next one. . . .

The story

  • Despite losses by the Humans First and Last (HFL) group in earlier books they are still determined to defeat the Others so they can claim more land.
  • What the HFL doesn’t understand is that the Others who interact with humans are the tip of the iceberg. The Others humans don’t see are much more powerful and scary and don’t have or want any understanding with humans.
  • Simon Wolfgard (leader of the Lakeside Courtyard and wolf shifter) wonders at times during this book “how much human is too much human?”

Pluses

  • This series is the other reason March is one of my favorite months. Along with Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series this is one of my other favorite series.
  • I love the world building in this series. It’s a different type of urban fantasy than many others. Our world is somewhat recognizable, but the Others are the ones in charge instead of humans. Also the Others are different from many other urban fantasy “fantasy” characters.
  • This book pushes the story ahead. Many of the things the earlier books have set up come to fruition in this book.
  • Meg grows in this book as she looks for new ways to make prophecies without cutting herself.
  • This books goes beyond the Lakeside Courtyard to other parts of the world.
  • I especially like the relationship and friendship between Simon and Meg as well as the way some humans and the Others are finding common ground.

Minuses

  • Lots of POV in this book. I would like one of the future books to focus more on Meg. I want to see more growth in her.

And concluding thoughts . . .

  • This book came out this week and it’s a winner. I like where the story is going and look forward to the next book.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop is the winner of the RT Book Reviews 2013 Career Achievement Award in Sci-Fi/Fantasy. She is also the winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award for the Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel is Vision in Silver, the third book in Anne’s urban fantasy series set in a re-imagined Earth. When she’s not communing with the Others, Anne enjoys gardening, reading, and music.

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