Monday, August 22, 2016
Review: Marked in Flesh (The Others #4) by Anne Bishop
Summary from Goodreads:
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…
I tend to pat myself on the shoulder whenever I finish a slow burning novel, and for me those tend to be fantasy novels, and The Other series is on those that takes a while to get into but it is always worth.
I struggled a lot with the third book in the series with the pacing but I felt that the fourth novel picked up a lot with the pacing and it was only 399 pages.
The novels have a slow building romance that I believe pretty much everyone wants to happen and I'm enjoying the chance from instantlove in fantasy novels/ya novels because it does not fit with the personalities and experiences of the characters. However, I'm still crossing my fingers that they get together in book 5, but this one did a great job building the relationship up.
Once again my main love with this series are the amazing characters that I enjoy book after book. Meg is my favorite, and I even enjoyed the new characters Bishop introduced. Plus, I really liked the different types of humans/non humans, blood prophets and the Others.
The world building and the plot expanding a lot compared to the last book, and it will be interesting to see how it ends in the upcoming novel.
I recommend checking out this series if you love books centered on characters and slow reads.
4.5 Stars Out of 5