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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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    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-11-17
    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 03-11-17 Member Since 2005
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    "Scary and Beautiful Story!"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    cookie0021 03-12-17
    cookie0021 03-12-17
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    "About Damn Time"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lorraine 03-11-17
    Lorraine 03-11-17 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favorite series"

    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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bookaholic Ohio, USA 04-01-17
    Bookaholic Ohio, USA 04-01-17 Member Since 2007
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    "A favorite series -- less dark than book 4"

    I've listened to this series several times and love the way Anne Bishop builds her worlds and characters. I was surprised by reviewers who praised Book 4, which I found horribly depressing, and who thought this book was unsuitable for young adults because of Jimmy's foul language. He is the bad guy, after all!

    There are two scenes I absolutely adore in this book: Meg's interaction with the Elders on the issue of "cukkies" and Twyla's handling of Skippy. Clearly, Twyla is becoming the alpha female of the Courtyard! I also appreciate the sensible way Simon ultimately handles the issues with Sierra, Sandee, and their children.

    I'm hoping that Ms. Bishop does continue the Others Series. There are some interesting characters outside the Lakeside Courtyard, and I hope to find out more about them, too. I also want to say that I appreciate Ms. Harris' narration. I've both read and listened to the books in the series, and it's the audiobooks I want to return to again and again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lady 03-18-17
    Lady 03-18-17

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    "Not Convinced With This One"

    There are times that, as a reader, you feel as though an author is exploring a topic for which they do not have a definitive point of view. When that happens, the characters often feel either over-the-top, or not quite resolved. That was the case for me with Jimmy. He was too much. He didn't really fit into Officer Montgomery's family. It was as though Bishop had to go and watch a lot of police procedural dramas to figure out what dysfunction looked like in a black family, but she watched shows written by people who had done the exact same thing. This type of second- and third-level removed characterization takes you so far away from genuine evil, that you lose the very real pain and shame such a character could and should produce in the family members. Twila had too much stoicism. Monty was too naive. The whole thing was very bad police drama. Ah well, such happens all the time with ethnic characters. If you're comfortable with such characters, you accept them. If you're not, if you want a more well-rounded character, you stop reading and start wondering about the author's intentions, and/or cultural perceptions.

    That's what Jimmy was for me. I got tired of his plot line - his bad kids, his drug addict wife, who was also a hooker . . . the lack of redeeming qualities, despite his sainted mother's effort at raising him right. Bishop piled on every stereotype, and provided no real motivation for his selfishness, other than hinting at jealousy. Yet, in another of her series, her incubus character is really a good guy, though he preys on others' weaknesses? Okay.

    Beyond the Jimmy story line, there are some moments of the story that shine, though it's not as good as I expected. I don't know if my opinion is the result of Bishop's turn toward schlock-style characterization, or if it's really just kind of lackluster because there's not enough focus on Meg and Simon's relationship. They are, after all, the heart, the charm, and the beauty of this story. Their love, despite their disparate backgrounds, is why the series is so successful, in my opinion. Readers certainly don't need a counter attitude that shows Bishop only believes in love overcoming differences if those differences don't show on the surface. In the end, Jimmy was just Asia Crane in male form,shaped with racist overtones.

    Whatever the case, there's no doubt that any librarian who recommends this book to a person of color will get an appraising look when it's returned.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David 03-17-17
    David 03-17-17 Member Since 2014
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    "So disappointed"

    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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "So Worth The Wait!"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!) Tallahassee FL 03-08-17
    ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!) Tallahassee FL 03-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Finally some Simon and Meg time"
    What did you love best about Etched in Bone?

    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. <br/><br/>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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Etched in Bone?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MizzSkully 03-08-17
    MizzSkully 03-08-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it and wanted even more!"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Perth, Australia 03-08-17
    Donna Perth, Australia 03-08-17
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    "Every book in this series is a five star trip"

    I fell in love with this series from the first book and have only enjoyed it more with every book.
    It is a mixture of the wonderful world building that you can fall straight into, which not every fantasy writer is capable of leading us to. There is sweetness and innocence and humour contrasting with the dirty, nasty, blackness in this world. The bad guys in a couple of books have almost been caricatures of evil doers, which is is close as I will get to a complaint.
    It is fantasy at its best. The werewolves and vampires are not hot steamy and sex driven, preoccupied with womens breasts. Here there be monsters ...but monsters that are capable of loyalty and caring, Monsters being both the humans and the others. Their care and protection of a damaged blood prophet and each other and their willingness to evolve and expand their world view makes for a wonderful journey.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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