I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Marked in Flesh (The Others, #4) by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #4
Published by Penguin on March 8th 2016
Number of Pages: 416
Genres: Paranormal, Urban
Purchase: At Amazon
For centuries, the Others and humans have lived side by side in uneasy peace. But when humankind oversteps its bounds, the Others will have to decide how much humanity they’re willing to tolerate—both within themselves and within their community...
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…
This series just keeps getting better with every book. It also gets a little darker as well.
I love the Elementals. Winter has been my favorite since book 1, but in this book we also get to meet more powerful Elementals like Ocean. We learn that there are in fact, other Elementals with the same name in different parts of the world. We get to meet Air and Fire, who are not the same Air and Fire from the Lakeside Courtyard. The ponies also make reappearances and get to come out to play.
Meg is getting steadier in some ways. She isn’t having a melt-down every few chapters. She is still sometimes feeling overwhelmed, but she’s learning how to cope and not cut every time the buzzing in her skin gets loud. I really liked the way the cards were used, and the hints about how the Trailblazer Deck will work.
There have been references to “Namid’s teeth and claws” before, but we actually get to experience that in this book. Even Simon is a bit rattled, Vlad too at one point. It helps set the tone about just how bad things have gotten.
This book isn’t slow at all. But at the same time, it isn’t the action-packed roller coaster ride of some parts of the previous books. We’re shown what’s going on in more areas than just Lakeside. Hope and Jean make prophecies of their own. The various humans that work with the terra indigene start stockpiling food and other items that may soon be hard to acquire. And of course, the HFL starts making their moves.
This is totally one of those series I will be re-reading, often. And I don’t often have time to re-read anymore, so that should tell you right there just how good it is. If you haven’t started reading this series yet, you need to start!