Marked in Flesh

Anne Bishop
Marked in Flesh
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Publisher
Roc
Release Date
March 2016
ISBN
9780451474476
Series
Book 4 of A Novel of The Others
Genre
Fantasy Romance

SUMMARY
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...

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Feb 11, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
83 people found the following review helpful
MARKED IN FLESH is a superb addition to the A Novel of the Others series. In fact, the events continue on from the end of the previous book. The author did include enough background info that new readers may be able to start here, but I feel to truly understand the story, I think it's best to start from the first book, Written in Red.

The Humans First and Last movement have some nefarious plan afoot, and they unleashed havoc on Thaisia to draw attention away from the main plan. Simon Wolfgard and Meg Corbyn, living in the Lakeside Courtyard in Thaisia, had to do their part to decide on how much human do the terre indigene need to keep. It's such a terrifying question, from the perspective of a human, that the matter of your living or extinction is held in the hands of another.

The series arc moved forward in this installment. We don't see much of Meg, as the story focuses on events happening in major areas in the world, and how they affected the humans' and the terre indegene's relationship. There's a character that we saw briefly before and he played a bigger part here, and it's a testament to Ms. Bishop's writing that she gets the reader so invested in even a minor character that when something happened, it was heartbreaking and sad.

On the characters' personal level, what we do see of Meg and Simon had me hopeful that we're going to see more romantic development between them in the next book. I can't wait to see what Ms. Bishop has in store for us in that aspect as well as the world as a whole.

Magnificent installment to a must read series!
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