Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc
Released on February 6, 2018
The previous book, Marked in Flesh, felt like the grand finale and, after reading this one, I felt that more than ever. Etched in Bone is a long fabulous epilogue. It’s the after effect of war, learning to live in the new world, and how the Others and humans go forward dealing with one another. Of course, there had to be a little villainy to deal with and a coming to an understanding between Simon and Meg and that was the most welcome part.
As you might have surmised by that intro, Etched in Bone is not a standalone or good to read out of order. It’s the fifth installment in The Others series.
So yes, life at the Courtyard and in Lakeside feels somewhat precarious and hesitant as the Courtyard residents still take deep breaths of relief and the citizens of the city are still in shock even as the grumbling starts up once again (humans, we are not the brightest lot at times). Into this situation comes a snake in the grass to infiltrate and wreck his own brand of havoc. Simon wants him out of the Courtyard and even the city, but the Terre Ingene Elders wish to observe how one ‘bad’ human will interact with the rest.
Monty and his mother are worse than uneasy when his slicko brother Jimmy hits town and he learns his sister is has been the well that Jimmy keeps going to and has shown up because of it. Jimmy won’t listen and sneers when Monty advises to clean up his act and tread gently around the Others. Meanwhile, Jimmy is up to his schemes and trouble mounts quickly for the human pack and Others at the Courtyard.
Like I said, this one didn’t feel like a last book. Book four was that. This one felt like an after story because it was less global and more local in its conflict and action. It did resolve what life would be like post- Elders’ ending the human uprising and it brought along Meg and Simon’s relationship as well as highlighting all the inter-personal Courtyard and police pack relationships like an epilogue would.
While much less intense, this was no boring book. That ending was quite exciting, in fact. And yes, justice was served. I won’t pretend that I loved it as much as the previous book, but I needed the resolution pieces this one brought. Though, that said, I wanted more resolution when it came to Simon and Meg. It left things at a good spot, but still a bit more open-ended than I prefer. I’m glad there are more books in this world and I hope there are references back to Simon, Meg, and their friends in Lakeside when the series continues with other settings and characters.
All in al, I enjoyed this deliciously long denouement for the Lakeside Courtyard, The Others story and being once again with well-loved familiar characters, setting and world. I will be sad to leave the characters and setting behind, but so glad the author continued writing in this world. I can’t recommend this series enough.