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Etched in Bone Audiobook

Etched in Bone: A Novel of the Others

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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.

©2017 Anne Bishop (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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    Joki Helsinki 07-29-17
    Joki Helsinki 07-29-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Still Love This Series A Lot!"

    Despite my somewhat lower rating, I absolutely love this series and I wouldn't have Bishop change a thing. With each book, we have a major arc (Simon and Meg/Meg's history) as well as minor arcs (always involving bad humans). Where the last book was somewhat apocalyptic, this book is quieter and very focused on the Courtyard and its inhabitants.

    Story: Officer Monty has a problem in the form of a family member (Silas - his brother) who is in all regards a bad seed. It seems Silas has found out about how good the Courtyard friends have it - and he wants in on the action. Using Monty's vulnerable sister as an entree, Silas can do considerable harm to both humans and Others. Especially when he discovers Meg's powers - and just how lucrative she can be if forced to do his bidding. When Monty tries to get Silas ousted permanently, the Elders step in - they want to study this 'bad seed'. But their intervention will set off a sequence of events that will lead to death and disharmony for Meg and her friends.

    As with previous books, the bad guys are always manipulative and greedy humans. One tenet of the books is that the real monsters are always the humans and the Others are reactive rather than active. It means that the humans do a lot of harm before finally being put in check by the superior force of the Others. Sometimes this can be interesting but most of the time it can be frustrating for readers to see the writing on the wall and to just have to wait for the Others to get around to taking care of the problem.

    I tend to prefer the emphasis on the Others rather than the humans. When visiting the Sanguinati or the Elementals, the social aspects of the Shifters, etc., is when the story is the most interesting. But there isn't much drama to be found in the Others so it is always manufactured from outside. And we have a doozy of a villain this time as well.

    I listened to the Audible version and other than the annoying accent, I feel the narrator is fine. She tends more toward cutesy rather than serious but it seems to fit the story just fine.

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    Justy BC, Canada 07-24-17
    Justy BC, Canada 07-24-17 Member Since 2006
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    "Great story"

    The story is great, even the awkward narration can't take away from the d dark themes and character growth of the story. Definitely worth a credit. 🙂

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    amanda redfern 07-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Suspenseful and Heart-warming!"

    Loved it! Hopeful that the story continues. Love the narrator, the plot and the suspense!

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    Sara 06-22-17
    Sara 06-22-17
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    "yet another great book"

    I was anticipating this next installment and it was worth the wait! The reader is perfect for this story, she has a good handle on speed and feel.

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    Anonymous 06-15-17
    06-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Characters, Great Book, Great Series."

    Even more intense then the last one. The story just keeps on getting better and more mature.

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    Book Junkie 06-04-17
    Book Junkie 06-04-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Book 5"

    Etched in Bone is the fifth book in the series. Meg, Simon, the Others, & humans of Lakeside face a smaller but just as damaging type of threat when a family of four arrive in Lakeside but are not driven out because the Elders want to learn. Chaos and conflict occur eventually leading to Special Meat. I enjoyed the book but it's missing the enthralling attention grabbing situations that that drew in the reader in books 1-4. Some scenes seemed under developed and even a bit forced...the scene with Vlad, Simon, Leetha, & grandfather Erebus. This story also encompassed more observations from the courtyards residents than before, which was nice but I think distracted from the story. The narrator

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    Mark F. Volk 05-30-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Not the end? ??"

    I sure hope that this isn't the last of the series. Can't wait for another book.

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    Dark Blood 05-10-17
    Dark Blood 05-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Terrible and sweet"

    The audiobook is impeccable. Alexandra Harris voice is excellent not only at giving life to the different characters, but also at conveying the emotions they go through. I would like to hear her narrate some other YA books.
    Now, this instalment was unpredictable. At times showing how terrible humans can be, at others illustrating how some of our best values can shine through even in the midsts of our oversights. This book is no longer about humans versus terra indigine, this book is about humans hurting humans... Out of greed, or pure malice, it does not matter because the time has come for Simin and the courtyard to show to the elders how much human they can live with. Meg was awesome! Not human and not other, she proves she can stand for herself in this book, and also that bad humans cannot be treated as good humans.

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    Cathy 05-06-17
    Cathy 05-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    "The Others Series"

    Love this series can't wait for more!! Excellent voice talent as well. Very well done.

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    Adrian KNOXVILLE, TN, United States 05-04-17
    Adrian KNOXVILLE, TN, United States 05-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A shift from big action to relationships"

    I feel like the previous three books work well as a fairly tight trilogy that escalates to blockbuster movie-sized world-wide conflict. This book gives up the external threat to explore more subtle threats - the threats that can come from your own family, friends and intimate relationships. I like the contrast that explores how subtle manipulation, gaslighting and selfish scheming can be an even bigger threat to the main character than a global conflict.

    A bit predictable and gratuitous with the high points and low ones, but carries some good messages and is ultimately satisfying. The work the author has put into world building and thinking through the details is evident on every page- er... in every minute of the book. Harris's voice has always been a better fit for the squeaky, often timid main character, and her 'exploding puff ball' pack, but she gives it all when the book calls for her to howl or voice a huge, angry bear or wolf. This is one of those series where the voice actor and material are now inseparable. Harris is Meg every bit as much as Marsters is Harry Dresden.

    One of the few series I find myself re-listening to again and again.

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    "I love the characters in this world"

    In this story we continue shortly after the end of book 4 with the world recovering from the Others' crushing of the Humans First and Last movement.

    The action is back at the Lakeside Courtyard and the book has a similar feel to the first book in this series, and I liked it for that.

    Its not as dramatic as some of the books just following the plans of our villain and the impact on the Courtyards residents. In this case the baddie is Lt Montgomery's brother "Jimmy". I found his character almost too evil to be believable,and to show how bad he is he always speaks with plenty of swear words, in particular the "F" word in his sentences, but I still found it a hard book to put down.

    I understand this is the last in the series that Anne Bishop plans to write. If so its a real shame. I've loved all the major characters in these books Meg and Simon, Tess, Henry, Jester,Vlad - the "pack" of girls and the police "pack", and although this story comes to a tidy ending I don't see any reason why there cant be more.

    One final mention to Alexandra Harris. In the first book I wasn't too sure about her to begin with but now I cant imagine the series being narrated by anyone else and she doesnt disappoint again.

    The whole series is one of the rare ones where I have listened to all the books twice (except this one so far) and I can imagine coming back again for 3rds in a year or so.

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