Series: The Others #2
Published by Penguin on March 4th 2014
Number of Pages: 368
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban
Purchase: At Amazon
As a human residing among the Others of the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.
The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Lakeside's shape-shifting leader, Simon Wolfguard, wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat.
Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet -- and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.
The central plot line of the first book in this series was all about Meg and how she came to the Courtyard and made friends with the Others. The central plot line of this book, seems to be Meg and Simon dancing around dating. There was also the tracking down of the Controller and finding Jean and the other cassandra sangue.
Meg and Simon figuring out their friendship and how it’s changing was cute. Simon was mostly the one realizing that the friendship was changing, and his reactions as well as his confusion about things was amusing.
We find out where the cassandra sangue came from in this book, and get to learn a little bit about another race of people. We also find out where the drugs gone over wolf and feel-good came from. There is more to the continuing side plot about Lieutenant Monty and his little girl. I keep hoping the Others will help him get his daughter away from the crazy ex-wife and bring her to Lakeside. But so far, she’s still living with the ex.
The set-up of the first book means we don’t have to spend as much time with the inner workings of the Lakeside Courtyard in this book. We’re shown how Lakeside has changed because of Meg. The Others there are starting to think of certain humans as not-food, and think about protecting them almost as though they were one of the Others. They’re also using those humans as teachers for Others who haven’t interacted with humans as much. Showing by example how to order food and pay for it, buy books and other items from a shop, interact with humans, etc.
It’s hinted at that Lakeside has the chance to be like a template of how humans and Others could be, as opposed to how things currently are in other cities. There’s still death and destruction, and stupid humans trying to pull things over on the Others because they think they are better than the Others. But also a promise that it is possible to work together and change.
I’m loving this series as you can tell, each book just gets better. I can hardly wait to start the 3rd one! If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend you start it.