New York Times best-selling author Anne Bishop returns to her world of the Others, as humans struggle to survive in the shadow of shape-shifters 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.
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This was my favorite urban fantasy series in recent years--until this book. I had grown to love Meg and Simon and the rest of the cast, and I relistened to the entire series in anticipation of the final book.
What a disappointment. It read like a filler book, rather than the last book in a beloved series. Many of the prior interesting side stories were totally abandoned (what happened to the other Cassandra sangue? The new communities they were building?). The Cyrus plot was uninteresting, unnecessarily crude, and vaguely racist. There was very little of the Meg and Simon relationship. I had to struggle to even finish the book. Sad.
I love the writing in this entire series but the voice in this last of the Lakeside Courtyard stories takes on a very dark and realistic tone as its nemesis pursues the worst in human nature. Officer Montgomery's wayward and uninvited brother arrives in the Courtyard, is told to leave by Simon and others in the courtyard council before he even lays down his bags but the Elders interfere, wanting to know why the shifters think this human is such a threat to them and their courtyard. Tying Simon's hands this way, opens up the courtyard to Lt. Montgomery's brother's (Jimmy) trouble making, and it's not minor mischief.
Jimmy, unlike his brother, Monty, is incredibly base, violent, a bully and a manipulator whose "voice" in this book is realistic, crude and scary as you listen to the audiobook. Makes the reader want to reach out and throttle him! This story is all about how "Jimmy" is handled and what it teaches to the Elders who insisted he be allowed to stay for observation. Meanwhile, Meg and Simon continue to try and work out the puzzle of their growing relationship, Skippy makes a giant leap in his development and Sam is learning about pack politics with the pup pack.
Alexandra Harris does an amazing job in reading these characters, and adds much of the individuality expressed in them.
For me book 4 was the end of the series. This book felt like a side story. To little development, and the story is about everyone else and some new people.
Looking back i would avoid this book. Book 1 and 2 left me wanting more, and i re-read them 3 times. Book 3 was the turning point, where the charm of the story started to take a negative turn. Book 4 was ok, and gave me an acceptable finish to the story. Book 5 turned me away from this serires, and i dont think i will come back to it again.
It lost its charm, and turned away from a charming tale. Ended up as a forced negative family feud with a sense of "moral speech"
A perfect world for me: A huge room with wall to wall bookshelves lined with one inspiring book after another & over sized comfy chairs.
I've really enjoyed this series up til this last book. It took a dark turn & too many f words, and using the p word several times was a game killer for me! I've recommended this series several times to my nieces, but I cringe at the thought of them reading Etched In Bone. I'm disappointed the author had to end the series on a darker tone, & Used such profane language. If she had started out this series as more of an adult series, & not aimed for the YA group, then that would be different.
All I can say is ABOUT DAMN TIME. There was a lot going on in this book. And it closed up a lot of storylines that have been hinted at for a while now, but oh my God, my heart is broken at the thought that this was Simon and Meg's last book. That Tess and Vlad won't be explored more. That that happened to poor Monty and Mrs. Twila. There were times I cringed in sympathy for what was happened to a character and I wanted to cry when characters were sad or when...well that's a spoiler. The elders were hilarious. And I love this series. I recommend it to everyone who comes in the library (I work there, not just randomly hang out there recommending things to strangers. Haha). And I recommend it to you, audible reader. It was a great book. Sad that it's ending but at least I got some closure.
I just can't get enough of this series every time I read one of these books in the series I am so sad when it's over I cannot wait until the next one
This series is a on my favorites list and this book is no exception. I love this series so much. I wait all year for the new book to come out, so I can climb back into this amazing world that has me so addicted. I can't get enough of this series and reread these books again and again.
"Thought narration detracted from the story, sorry I bought the audible version rather than the book"
I found this series to be quite satisfying in print. The rendition by this reader was really disturbing. Partly, OMG Valley girl and partly totally clueless. I ended up listening to the story on less than normal speed simply because I found the narrator so annoying. She emphasized the wrong words which made you wonder what the sentence actually meant.
The author is one of my favorites and I've been waiting quite a while for this chapter in the story.
Wish I had just bought the book.
I love this book. I do personally think that the book could use something more but I do not know what that may be. Simon, Meg, Skippy and Sam are the perfect little family. I knew that they would be inseparable since we met Sam back in book 1.
I do hope that this is not the last that we see of Meg and Simon since Anne Bishop stated that she is going to be leaving this the Lakeside Courtyard and moving on to another for book 6, Lake Silence. I want to know more about what Simon, Meg, Skippy, Sam and the other members of the Courtyard are up to.
I want to the last chapter is the best part for me. I love a slow burn but damn. It was a long time coming. I also enjoyed the crows. They are always there for a bit of a comic relief.
This has by far been one of my fave series EVER! I can't even guesstimate how many times I literally lol while listening! Miss Bishop you are a master at what you do and Miss Harris you had me completely captivated with your performance! You've both gained a fan for life! The characters are hilarious, lovable and oh so entertaining! I think my favorite part was when Meg unknowingly yelled at the Elders abt the proper way to ask for cookies-HILARIOUS!!! I nearly woke the whole house laughing at that part! GREAT STORY! Totally worth the money OR credit!
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