Anne Bishop has done something a little different with this story. WILD COUNTRY is set in the world of the Others and if you’ve read the
Anne Bishop has done something a little different with this story. WILD COUNTRY is set in the world of the Others and if you’ve read the previous book, LAKE SILENCE, then I’m sure that you’ll recognize some of the events that happen in this book. The timeline coincide with one another and I personally really love it when authors do things like this because it shows off their talent as an author. It’s hard to keep timelines straight as it is but to have two books happening at the same time really gives the readers a different perspective on the world.
While I enjoyed this book, I probably enjoyed the previous book more. I felt like the narration of this book might be the reason. It was a little more serious and more straightforward than I would like. However, I think readers who may have thought that LAKE SILENCE was too much might enjoy this one more. So I guess it really depends on your level of taste for the protagonist.
I’m still not sure if I like this books over reading about Meg, but I do think Bishop has a very unique world here and I don’t think I will ever get tired of it.
Meg and Simon’s story has wrapped up in the last book so I was very curious to see what Anne Bishop was going to do with this book. LAKE
Meg and Simon’s story has wrapped up in the last book so I was very curious to see what Anne Bishop was going to do with this book. LAKE SILENCE features a new heroine named Vicki DeVine and she was a very nice surprise. I really took a liking to her character. If you enjoy the humorous characters of the first books in the series, then I’m sure you’ll get on with Vicki’s style of humor and personality. I feel like she’s the brighter counterpart to Meg’s narration, which is a nice change and a refreshing breath for the series.
The narrations from the other characters, however, are much more like Meg’s so if you worry about the lighter tone, there’s still plenty of that dark and mysterious vibe from the others. I still believe it stays in tune with the first books in the series, but I possibly enjoy Vicki’s narration better. We’ll see as the series continues.
The world continues to build with this book and it’s probably one of my favorite things about this series. There is a lot going on so I do think it’s best to read the series from the very beginning. You’ll get mentions of the others but this definitely has a different focus.
LAKE SILENCE exceeded my expectations and I can’t wait to get to know Vicki DeVine more!...more
In book four of the Others series, Anne Bishop returns to the unique world of the Others and the cassandra sangue.
What lacked in terms of the romance between Meg and Simon in the last novel is certainly made up here. But don’t expect page after page of romance from Bishop in this book. This is still a Urban Fantasy but Bishop opens up the book with a cute scene featuring our two main characters. It’s clear that Meg is getting more and more comfortable with Simon now and the wolf is finding this quiet, sweet girl more alluring. Dotted throughout the book are other sweet and tender moments, hinting at a greater romance in future books.
But in addition to some Simon and Meg page time, there are soooo many other characters that step up and provide greater insight into the world and the politics. Things are definitely heating up with the Others and I have a feeling that readers will be glued to the pages, waiting to find out what happens next.
What sets this book apart from other Urban Fantasy novels out there is Bishop’s writing. The overall tone of the series is dark as it deals with mass deaths, cutting and blood prophecies but there’s also something very innocent that the characters bring to the story. For example, these girls who have been rescued in the last book have some page time here. We see the aftermath and the traumatic effects that being forced to cut themselves has bring to them. Hope, in particular, brought this innocence that I’m talking about. You also see that in some of the wolves as well. When you read any one of the wolves’ POVs you definitely get the sense that they are “other”. They aren’t fully human with human thought processes. That animal instinct is there at the forefront and Bishop does a great job of conveying that to the reader. So if you’re a wolf fan, then you’ll certainly love this series!
MARKED IN FLESH is another excellent addition to the series. Bishop will no doubt have readers howling with excitement!...more
ETCHED IN BONE is the fifth book in the Others series by Anne Bishop. This series is definitely one to read in order as Bishop does little
ETCHED IN BONE is the fifth book in the Others series by Anne Bishop. This series is definitely one to read in order as Bishop does little or no recap of past events. In this book, we pick up essentially where the other books have left off.
For me, the thing that I was most excited about was Simon and Meg. Of course. I think most of the readers who are still reading this series want to see something happen between them. Bishop takes her sweet time building this romance, but instead of feeling frustrated by the wait, I actually don’t mind the course Bishop is taking. Obviously this is an Urban Fantasy series so there’s not much romance to begin with, but I also find that Bishop’s style is more subtle when it comes to chemistry. It’s the small glances and the passing touches that create anticipation and there’s definitely more of that here. I suspect that if there is any romance that will happen between Simon and Meg, it will be a slow burn because that’s how it has been so far.
Again, some interesting things are happening in this series. I like where Bishop has brought her readers. If you’re a fan of Patricia Briggs or Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh, there’s a good chance that you’ll like this series too. The reason why I saw this is because both of those series aren’t ones that are in your face with its action and suspense and the Others series is like that too. It’s slower, but still engaging. Bishop relies on dialogue to further a lot of her stories so it’s important that you’re paying attention to conversations because that’ll give you an indication of where the series is going.
I really liked ETCHED IN BONE and I think it’s time that I explore more of Anne Bishop’s books and continue reading her other series too.
In a world that is vastly imaginative and mysterious, Anne Bishop breathes new life in her characters. As the leader of the Courtyard, Simon
In a world that is vastly imaginative and mysterious, Anne Bishop breathes new life in her characters. As the leader of the Courtyard, Simon Wolfgard must make a decision when he sees the aftermath of the events of the last book. Through free, the women aren’t adjusting well, falling into catatonic states and cutting themselves to the point of death. As a cassandra sangue, Meg understands the compulsion but seems to be struggling herself.
Meanwhile, Bishop explores more of the world with other characters. Monty experiences his own personal hell when his young daughter shows up without her mother and blood on her constant companion, Boo Bear. As Bishop weaves this intricate plot, readers are drawn into this world and if you’re like me, you’ll find it addicting as it is dark.
I don’t think there’s a series quite like this one out there. While reading though, I would say that some of the writing style is similar to Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changling series and Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson, so if you’re a fan of one, or even both, you’ll probably enjoy this series.
Three books into the series and Anne Bishop has completely rocked the Urban Fantasy genre, making her the top author of the pack.
Abbi Glines is really taking this Rosemary Beach series and running with it. With spin off after spin off, the series in total is now on its
Abbi Glines is really taking this Rosemary Beach series and running with it. With spin off after spin off, the series in total is now on its sixth book and YOU WERE MINE features Tripp and Bethy. For loyal fans, this story has been a long time coming. However, for readers who haven’t read the previous books in the series, this story may not hold as strong as Glines’ other books as events in the past greatly affect the emotional place where both the hero and heroine are coming form.
Bethy experienced a loss that shattered her entire world. She lost someone she loved with her whole heart and now that he is gone, Tripp wants to be the man in her life. It tackles some complicated emotions as Bethy isn’t the biggest fan of Tripp but Glines’ writing style is very simple.
The book is written with dual POVs, but Glines goes back and forth in the past and present between those chapters. I’m not really a fan of this style of writing, especially when the emotional journey needs to be such a big part of the book. Jumping from one point of time when Bethy is very young, vulnerable and naive to the present where she is mistrustful and grieving doesn’t make for a smooth journey towards the end. Every time I thought there was some progress, we go back to the present and are hit with another huge step back.
However, that is not to say that the book doesn’t hit the emotions well. I only wished there was more exploration of those emotions where the author can get deep into the character’s mind to show that healing and growth. There are some heartwarming moments and plenty of sexy times as well. Abbi Glines has a formulaic style of writing so if you’re a fan of her previous works, this one will hit the spot for you.
Thrown back into the alluring world that Anne Bishop has created, readers are bombarded with stellar characterization and highly detailed
Thrown back into the alluring world that Anne Bishop has created, readers are bombarded with stellar characterization and highly detailed worldbuilding. If you loved WRITTEN IN BLOOD, you will adore MURDER OF CROWS.
Much like its predessor, Bishop keeps it dark and keeps it heavy on the worldbuilding. However, Romance readers will have something to cheer about because although not too much development has been made in that department, there is some great progress that gets readers like me very, very excited. I found Simon and Meg to be adorable in their “friendship”. Valuing each other because of their shared companionship, neither one is really sure of their feelings. However, Bishop does such a fantastic job of exploring those unsure feelings. I cannot wait to see where it leads!
In terms of the politics of the world and the conflicts that arise, deaths have been occurring within the Crows due to two addicint drugs that have turned up, which force the Others to make decisions. With the Controller still out there, using the blood prophets for this evil endeavours, there is an increasing urgency to capture him and stop him from hurting people like Jean, Meg’s friend who helped her escape.
Upon starting this book, I found it impossible to stop. There is just something so gripping about Bishop’s writing. I felt like I had fallen into another world, watching on with vividly intensity as the events occur. Because Bishop likes to tell her stories through various POVs, I found it fascinating to be inside all their heads, especially the Controller’s. I definitely think it adds another layer to the storyline.
Bishop has a fascinating world-class winner on her hands, raising the bar of expectations high. MURDER OF CROWS transcends simple Urban Fantasy and gears towards epic fantasy.
SO MANY people have raved about this book. And with good reason! For readers who enjoy dark urban fantasy and aren’t afraid of monsters who
SO MANY people have raved about this book. And with good reason! For readers who enjoy dark urban fantasy and aren’t afraid of monsters who are actually terrifyingly scary, WRITTEN IN RED will be a wonderful addition to your keeper shelf.
As my first very book by Anne Bishop, I really had no idea what to expect as I went into this book. All I knew was that I would be entering a highly detailed and unique world that doesn’t tone down its bad side for the sake of the reader. What I immediately noticed was Bishop’s authorial voice. Captivating from the very first word, Bishop’s writing holds you in a tight embrace all the way through to the past page.
As Bishop weaves and creates a magical world that mesmerizes and enchants, she is simultaneously introducing key characters in the story who will eventually become integral pieces of this game. Meg Corbyn is a cassandra sangue, or otherwise known as a blood prophet. She possesses the ability to see the future when her skin is cut. Already taking on a darker tone, Bishop further entices when Meg escapes her captor who wishes to control her visions and enters Lakeside Courtyard, a place belonging to the Others.
Simon Wolfgard is as dangerous and as nasty as they come. When we first meet him, he is hesitant and suspicious of Meg, who wants a Human Liaison job as he can feel that something is different about her. He knows that she is harbouring a secret, but doesn’t know what it is yet. As I mentioned earlier, Bishop doesn’t tone down the intensity for the sake of the reader. But instead, she places great emphasis on it. When Simon hunts, it’s brutal, gory and actually quite fascinating. Just from that scene alone, you learn so much about his character.
Though fans of Romance may feel slightly disappointed in this first instalment, there is likely to be more romance to come as Bishop hints at a few future plotlines. As a Romance reader at heart, I did miss the romantic element however, that didn’t stop me at all for enjoying this masterpiece. As a Fantasy novel, Bishop certainly delivers far more than any reader could expect. I cannot wait for more....more
I can’t remember the last book that took me out of my comfort zone. Anne Bishop possesses a unique talent that I don’t think a lot of authors
I can’t remember the last book that took me out of my comfort zone. Anne Bishop possesses a unique talent that I don’t think a lot of authors have. She is wholly capable of weaving together vast new worlds and creating riveting characters while simultaneously kicking you in the teeth. The events that transpire in this book are strange yet I couldn’t find myself looking away.
As Bishop presents these characters and reveals their motivations and their desires, they become more real to us even as we still try to understand them. DAUGHTER OF THE BLOOD is far from predictable and I think this is what keeps readers coming back for more. As I was reading this, I couldn’t help but wonder what this book would be like if it was made into a TV show. It has so many elements and such vivid imagery that in my head, it felt so vibrant and all-consuming. Nothing holds Bishop back but her imagination.
Another fabulous thing about this book is the worldbuilding. Have you ever seen such intricate and vivid worlds as much as this one? I don’t think I have and that’s a testament to Bishop’s stellar imagination. I would love to know how she keeps all her facts straight because the amount of detail in her books is stunning.
There are a lot of characters in the book and at first, I had a hard time keeping some of the names straight. Not only are they not typical names, but since I went from reading this book to listening to the other half in audiobook, the transition wasn’t as smooth as I thought it would be.
I joke when I recommend this book to readers. I tell them to be mentally ready because this book is unlike the others in its genre. It’s going to probably make you uncomfortable. It may confuse you, may disgust you, may intrigue and will probably blow your mind. So that being said, if you don’t mind dark – and I mean DARK – fantasy, then this should be a book that ever reader should try....more