I’m writing this review assuming you have already read the first four books of the series. If you haven’t, beware because I might talk about things that will spoil what previously happened.
Writing a review for a book in this series is difficult. There aren’t major things that happen; each book is more a look at a couple of weeks span in the life of the Others, Intuits and Meg. The series started off with the Others being one as a group and Meg was brought in. By bringing in Meg, they opened themselves up to human interaction. All along the question has been, how much human did they really want around. Each book goes a little further into answering that major question.
Etched in Bone is supposed to be the last in this part of the series and Bishop is going to start a spin-off of the series. When I heard that I was curious because are we really at a point where this part of the story can end? And by ending it, will Bishop do what she did with the beloved Black Jewels series that wrecked my whole year? Guess I was going to find out.
As a romance reader, my burning question going into this book is, what will happen to Meg and Simon. Good news is, something happens. That something had me holding my breath for about 4 chapters but something does happen. I’m not going to spoil it for you but I was ok with the ending. I would like more but hopefully the new series will show us glimpses of Simon and Meg in the future.
The Elders have decided to come to Lakeside to watch the Others and their interaction with humans. What they see will determine how many humans they will allow to live. No pressure on the residents of the courtyard but their actions will basically determine the fate of thousands around the area. There are some difficult things to read about and they happen because the Elders insist they be allowed to see all facets of human behavior. These events allow Meg to be put in danger which in turn causes the Others who love her to go crazy. In the end, the Elders have their answer and they move forward from there.
Not much happens in this book but that is what is so great about Anne Bishop’s writing. I was entranced from start to finish. I could easily read another 400 pages about a day in the life of the Courtyard residents. The writing is so good and the story so well developed, once I pick it up, I simply cannot stop. I like that they Others are always the strongest and there is never a doubt they will win. I want them to win, I want their brutality to be the law and I want them to show everyone who is in charge. Etched in Bone has some humans who need reminders of these things and I cackled with glee when they are reminded.
If you haven’t started this series, I would encourage you do so. There is everything fantastic going on and it has such a great story. It is a joy to just sit down and lose myself in these books. I’m sad this part of the story has come to and end but look forward to what is next. Final grade- B+
Because of Meg, he had the uncomfortable feeling that a little bit of being human had become attached and inseparable from his Wolf form.