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Marked in Flesh (The Others, book 4) by Anne Bishop
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…
It amazes me how much I look forward to this series. It has become one of my favorite series and one that I constantly recommend to readers. Every time it even comes close to a release date I go crazy. And I have to force myself to be patient in between. When I know I'm coming to the end of another The Others book it's bitter sweet. That's how I know a series is perfection.
As usual the changing POVs is masterful. Being able to invest in so many amazing characters is magical. Even better is seeing how all of the characters fit into the grand scheme of things. It's a breathtaking orchestra of plots unfolding into—sheer awesomeness! It confounds me how Bishop does it with each book. How everything ties in, and it's great seeing and hearing about characters through other characters' eyes!
Not to mention how amazing it's been to see Meg and Simon's story unfold together. Emotional build up! Where characters grow to love each other over the span of a series. Not simply in the first book(s). To be teased by the endless possibility of romance and friendship between characters I love. Gosh, this is how I wish other series could have it. The emotional connection! The eventual payout. Whether it's happy or tragic. That's what makes a great character driven book. Sure some might find it slow. But for fans of intensely developed characters and true world building it's bookworm paradise.
Many have readers have claimed that the intense grip of the first two books has slowed down. It was clear from the third book that it would be. This is a different kind of intensity and if you ask me it's even more potent then the first two books. The kind that intense that affects the entire world of the Others and creates endless possibilities for where this series can go.
Oh, crap. Now I have to keep clam and relax until the next book! My mind is spinning with where this series is going to go after the shocking events of Marked in Flesh!
Sexual Content: Sexual humor and some adult themes. Some dark themes are mentioned, nothing explicit.
5/5- Fabulous, a beautiful obsession!
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