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Etched in Bone

(The Others #5)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  19,801 ratings  ·  2,088 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop returns to her world of the Others, as humans struggle to survive in the shadow of shapeshifters and vampires far more powerful than themselves…

After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders—a primitive and lethal form of the Others—the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them n
Hardcover, 397 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Roc
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Jennifer On a passion scale of 1 to Daemon-and-Jaenelle, I'd say the relationship between Simon and Meg rates about a three. The love and friendship and commit…moreOn a passion scale of 1 to Daemon-and-Jaenelle, I'd say the relationship between Simon and Meg rates about a three. The love and friendship and commitment between the two of them is every bit as strong, but due to Simon's Otherness and Meg's innocence, the expression of that love is tepid at best. That's my only disappointment -- but, as is the case with most disappointments, the issue is MINE, not the author's. I had wants and expectations for where the author would go with the story, and I didn't get exactly what I wanted. But Bishop was true to the characters and the world she developed, and I was satisfied with how it wrapped up.(less)
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Fairy-Amy I have yet to read the 4th book (I hate living in Australia sometimes) But I have a mild theory

Elliot WAS the Alpha until Simon stepped up, Daphne was…more
I have yet to read the 4th book (I hate living in Australia sometimes) But I have a mild theory

Elliot WAS the Alpha until Simon stepped up, Daphne was never a pure dominate wolf, and Sam's father was an Alpha from a different pack (mainly because we have NO IDEA who he is or where he is) and died before Sam was born
Sam having both Lakeside and ??? in his blood could of, when he reached adult hood, merged both packs into one
which could maybe explain why he was above Elliot i don't know really(less)

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Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

If this were any other series I would have one-starred it for being so dull. To me, the overall quality of this last installment was terrible, but my overall enjoyment of the other books kept me from pulling the trigger on such a bad rating.
So. 2.5 extremely generous stars.


Now, no one would ever accuse any of the books in The Others series of having breakneck pacing, but Etched in Bone takes the meandering plotline to a whole 'nother level.
The plot? There really isn't a good plot.

Douglas Meeks
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
NOTE: I have tried to limit my superlatives but I am probably writing a review that sounds more like some gushing fan instead of a top level reviewer, so be it .......
There are books you read that you hate, there are some you read that you love but there is that very rare group of books that just leave you awestruck that such a book can be written, some author's imagination could be so amazing and at the same time have the skill to make it into a true w
Simona B
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
So I've read it...


...and I almost wish I hadn't because...

*weeps some more*


*hitching breath*


*cries in a corner*




EDIT 25/06/2016: This morning my exploding fluffball Nina sent me a message: it said "It has a coverrr" and there was a picture attached. I'm still trying to process we are closer and closer to the end of this series.
(By the way, the cover is beautful.)
And there's an excerpt too!
I'm dying in t
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: ??
Apparently, some times I'm a little subtle, and the trolls have difficulty following my train of thought. So I'll be direct: I feel kind of sick about reading this book. I mean, the whole series has been one long sugar high, but this is like the regret after eating a thousand calories beyond reasonable, or the vaguely ill feeling when my bloodstream has more sugar than red blood cells.

But I confess: I started reading and didn't stop until the last page. There's something in Bishop's writing that
The last book in the series and we only get a kiss?

Trying to calm down now.

Okay. Well, the story in this one is focused on Monty's jerkass brother who shows up at the Courtyard looking for a free ride. This guy is a total jerk, waste of space, never worked a day in his life, etc..

So, basically, it's him causing havoc the whole book. You spend your time just waiting for him to die. It really can't come too soon, or be too bloody.

In the meantime, we have Simon thinking about mates. Specifically,
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, I would recommend this series to ANYONE!! That’s how good it is.

This series has occupied me now for a couple months. I started the first book late last year, which turned out fortunate because the last book, book #5 was released last week. Because of that I was able to read the entire series (5 books in all) in a couple of months and didn’t have to spread it out over 5 years.

Although, now I’m a devoted Anne Bishop fan and will have to wait like everyone else for her next book – sigh!

Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Crunchy good ! The Ending KABAAAAM !
Fast and dirty-Meg becomes a humanal and humans can be horrible.
Meg has had such a hard time adjusting to an outside life. She has massive scars inside and out, many she will never recover from. She is human but not like the other humans. Finding a place where she can be comfortable to be alive in a constant struggle but she is finding a path and it’s not one traveled before. Love, is something she never considered, and when feelings come she fumbles and str
I don't want to write this review : (

Any other series and this would've gotten a 2 ... maybe even only a high 1.


3/10/17 edit - pouty Taemin stays because I expected more from this series and now I'm sad

3/7/17 edit - pouty Taemin stays until I finish because I like his face

March ...

2017? ...

Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Etched in Bone marks the end of the Lakeside story. I heard the author is making a side series based in the same invented world, but it will involve new characters.

One of the discouragements about the third and fourth books was I thought the author spent far too much time outside the main Lakeside courtyard to explore around the world where the disasters were happening. While interesting and pertinent to the story and where the disaster was heading, I was more involved with staying with the se
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Absolutely LOVED this! So sad it might very well be the last book. Full review to come closer to release date.

Edited to add review:
It is no secret that The Others series is one of my absolute favorites and anyone that has ever picked up one of the books, doesn't have to question why. With it's unique take on supernaturals and Bishop's unique voice, it didn't take very long for this series to win me over and steal my heart.

This is a series that I pretty much drop everything for when I start it. L
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Actual rating: 3.75648975789 stars.

Despite all bleak predictions, ominous forebodings, very dark omens and sinister threats of impending doom courtesy of my so-called beloved friends, I did not:

a) DNF the fish out of this book.
b) Feed it to my murderous children for breakfast.
c) Kill it with fire.
d) a + b + c + d.
e) All of the above.

Which clearly indicates that my evil twin has officially hacked my Goodreads account. I mean, how else would you explain my most discombobulating ratings for books i
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

It's with deep sadness that I bid adieu to one of my f-a-v-o-u-r-i-t-e series. But, don't despair just yet, Anne Bishop has announced that she will be returning to THE OTHERS world in 2018! I enjoyed ETCHED IN BONE considerably more than book 4 because the scope of the story was much narrower which means that we get lots of Meg & Simon, and less of the rest of Thaisia. The plot was also milder in nature, and that was both a plus and a minus. Yay on account of it being mo
Robin (Bridge Four)
2.5 I Have a Few Issues Stars

I’m not really sure what to make of this book. After the build up of Marked in Flesh this seemed a bit like a let down in comparison. Consequences were doled out in the last book to the bad humans and cities that forgot why the others were in charge and tried to rise up against them in a sneaky manor. So to go from a global scale back down to just Lakeside seemed a bit anti climatic

Of all the books in this series, which I enjoyed immensely, this was the weakest. The
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Etched in Bone, the conclusion of The Others was bittersweet to me. I was happy to get another installment of this amazing series and sad because I knew it was the end of Simon and Meg’s story!

Meg’s presence in the Lakeside Courtyard changed so much between the humans and the terra indigene, opening them up and weaving them together as no one would’ve thought possible. The changes have come to the attention of the Elders, a fierce type of terra indigene rarely seen, powerful and deadly when the
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! It is no secret that The Others is in my top five favorite series being written right now so when I got an ARC from netgalley of this book I was shocked and let me tell you it did not disappoint! This book had the difficult task of coming off that big emotional lead of book four (if you haven't read the series yet I highly recommend starting with book one which is Written in Red) so I was nervous when I started. In her usual style Anne Bishop gives that slow burn story where you despera ...more
I'm so sad that Meg and Simon and Lakeside's story is over. I'm so happy that Bishop is going to be writing more about this world that she has created and that I've fallen in love with, but I'm still so sad to be leaving these characters behind. I'm sure we'll get some cameos or mentions, but it just won't be the same. I've come to care about these characters, and to feel like I'm part of their pack.

If Bishop's series to this point hasn't convinced you of anything else, I hope it's convinced you
P.C. Cast
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a HUGE fan of this fabulous series! Ms. Bishop does it again with this one. They keep getting better and better. I particularly love the development of Simon and Meg's relationship. Also, the plot is timely. Bishop creates a world where some humans act in a ridiculous and ultimately self-destructive manner because of greed and prejudice and hatred - which is a reflection of what's going on in our world. I just wish we had Elders who would release Namid's teeth and claws on them...

I hope th
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review now posted!
Review originally published on Booknest.

Series Rating: 5/5 stars
Book Rating: 4.25/5 stars

Here ends my favorite Urban Fantasy series.

While it thankfully didn’t end with a whimper, neither did it quite end with a bang. Etched in Bone ended with a cozy little slice-of-life scene, which was the perfect way to end the series. Because it’s the end of a series, this will be more of a review of the series as a whole than a review of this particular book.

A little bit about The Oth
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Others have aggressively taken back control and the humans are just realizing that the allowances have come to an end. Some humans still don’t believe the likelihood that human-kind might be wiped from the face of the earth, but the brutal reality is a distinct possibility.

Meg must tread this fragile peace carefully but now it is not just the outside world but the court yard that is at risk.

Total book, what am I saying, complete series HANG OVER! Time and time again, Anne Bishop sucks us de
You guys know I loved and I mean LOVED the first book. It's an amazing story with so much power. Everything fits and the natural order is spot on. The Others are the on top of the food chain and the humans mostly know their place. Also the plot and character development actually go somewhere. From the first book the stories that follow slowly lose their awesomness and the character development is nearly non-existent.

Now shall we get to this story? Yes, we shall. In this story, believe it or not,
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** 4 ***

A buddy read with my family with the Wednesday UF group @ BB&B!

I can not say enough how much I love this Urban Fantasy made up of cuteness and adorable human-wolf and others interaction! Yes, every book tends to meander a bit, this one more than the others, but you can't help but love Meg, no matter how snowy-white and perfect of a flake she is, as well as the very inhuman but fair-minded wolf-shifter Simon, who has absolutely no idea about human females:) Despite that, he is smart eno
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely loved this conclusion to the Simon and Meg series. It had the usual Anne Bishop flair and mix of homey stories mixed in with larger conflict between the Others and the rest of the human community. A large part of this one centered on Montgomery's family, a human character who has been an integral part of the series since the beginning. I love the way that Anne Bishop develops her villains and deals out justice with a feral sense of flair. The ramping up of tensions in the Courtyard ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

So, another one of my favorite urban fantasy series has come to a close. Finding out that Anne Bishop will soon be following up with a spinoff series did soften the blow somewhat, but I won’t lie; when I picked up this final chapter of The Others starring Meg Corbyn and Co., my heart was filled with excitement but also a lot of bittersweet feelings. I’m definitely going to miss spending time in Lakeside Courtyard and rea
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All UF fans
Nothing about Meg was simple. She was the pebble dropped in a pond that was the Lakeside Courtyard, and the ripples of her presence had changed so many things, including the terra indigene who had befriended her.

We’ve reached the end of the Lakeside Courtyard story and I’m so sad because I’ve loved all the characters.


In the previous book the Elders, the Others that are never seen and humans had forgotten about, the claws and teeth of Namid, had taken care

samantha  Bookworm-on-rainydays
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Anne Bishop has a wonderful way of bringing both characters and her story alive. Fantasy? Yes, the kind that sucks you in and lets every day life fade for a while
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*** 4.75 ***

"...Good thing human noses weren’t sensitive enough to make the distinction. Meg wouldn’t be able to tell either, but with Meg, it didn’t seem polite to breathe on her after munching on one of her species...."

Even better the second time around!!! A comfort read and a definite favorite! Very emotional and touching. Loved every moment of it!

"...For a moment, Simon envied the Sanguinati’s ability to feed so subtly that the prey didn’t know anything had happened. If a Wolf tore off a
Woo-ho. So, the title is Etched in Bone. Somehow I've given up seeing a great progress in Simon and Meg's personal relationship and it's already the last book *sigh*

What has become of Thaisia?
How will Meg survive?
When will they kiss for real??

But still, I can't wait to see where Anne Bishop will take this slowest couple in my history of reading romance.

Dec. 07
Hell, I'm getting impatient. Rereading isn't the same. I guess I shouldn't expect anything in the romance front, I just wish Anne Bish
Hmm... must ponder this one a bit. More like 3.5 Stars but I'll leave it rounded up to 4 for now but this can't possibly be the last book. Can it? ...more
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This turned out to be my favorite book in the series. It is a really great series so that is saying a lot. It took me almost a week to read this book. Not because it was slow but because I was extremely busy with work. Anytime I had a free moment, I had this book in my hands and I enjoyed everything I read. There were some moments that really stayed with me and one scene was so touching that I had to stop reading so that I could shar
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star, favorites

My reaction after I finished reading the book.

After much awaited Patience I now had finally gotten my hands on the books and was thrilled and sad to know that this is the closure of Meg and Simon's relationship. I had loved watching the relationship of Meg and Simon bloom and was glad that we get to see their relationship become more than just a friend.

There was a lot of things and actions going on in the book but the scale of the danger was reduced and I get the gist of the story after all th
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Anne Bishop lives in upstate New York where she enjoys gardening, music, and writing dark, romantic stories. She is the author of over twenty novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy. She has written a new series, the Others, which is an urban dark fantasy with a bit of a twist.

Crawford Award (2000)

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Other books in the series

The Others (8 books)
  • Written in Red (The Others, #1)
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  • Vision in Silver (The Others, #3)
  • Marked in Flesh (The Others, #4)
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