Review: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

Reviewed by Jen

It’s hard to say goodbye to a series I’ve enjoyed as much as this one. So reading this last installment of Anne Bishop’s The Others series was bittersweet. It definitely feels like the end, but the world is big enough and in enough turmoil that Bishop will easily be able to pick up with her planned a spinoff series in the future.

As with the previous books in the series, the great characters really shine through to be the best thing that this story has to offer. There are so many players in the courtyard. Each has a unique voice. I am particularly fond of Tess, though her role here is small. What all of the mismatched monsters have in common is their love of Meg. And here it’s finally time to see where the chips fall when humanity is put under the microscope and Meg is at the center of it all.

You see, the elders are now interested in how things work in the courtyard. It’s something of a model as they determine whether humanity is worth keeping around at all. They force Simon to allow a bad element inside so they can observe the difference between good humans and bad. And it’s obvious from the beginning who will end up hurt the most. The person who matters the most.

Many of us have been waiting since the beginning for the slow burn between Simon and Meg to finally, I don’t know, even get lukewarm. Finally, there is a little movement on that front. There is talk about it throughout the book. Obviously there is a bond between these two, but the way that the author has set this up, it can’t go very far. I understand this is an urban fantasy and not a romance, but the payoff here is very G-rated. If there were something even milder than G rated, I would call it that. I guess I wish it could’ve been something more. I wish the payoff would’ve started a little earlier so a little more could have worked here, but it wasn’t. And at least there is resolution.

I did however love the family dynamic with Meg and Simon and Sam. Even Skippy. I’m satisfied with where we leave things with Meg’s need to cut. I’ve grown to really enjoy Monty and his mother in the courtyard. And I’m really quite good with where we leave everything.

I’m glad it ended where it did. And I look forward to seeing where we go in the spinoff.

Rating: B+

*ARC provided by publisher

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Etched in Bone
by Anne Bishop
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: Ace

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