Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Review: Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

Marked in Flesh
Author: Anne Bishop
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Publisher: ROC
The Others Book #4
ISBN:   0451474473
ISBN13: 9780451474476
Genre: Fantasy
Review Copy Source: NetGalley
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…

The conflict between the Others and humans has been brewing for a while and MARKED IN FLESH brings it to a head. Namid’s "claws and teeth" are finally fed up and they come out to take care of the HFL movement and no human is safe, that is unless you know the right people willing to vouch for you. I have an immense amount of love for The Others series and I thought MARKED IN FLESH was another hit.

I can't say I was surprised by the amount of loss in MARKED IN FLESH. I was expecting it and was looking forward to some people being put in their place, but I was definitely shocked at how it happened and how swiftly it took place. 

I'm always intrigued by Meg and the other cassandra sangue. In MARKED IN FLESH trailblazer Meg experiments with another way to see the future that doesn't involve cutting, but takes away the need to cut. I am very interested to see what will come of this method and if all the cassandra sangue will be able to use it like Meg.

I know some are really looking for a relationship update on our favorite cassandra sangue and wolf shifter, so here you go. There isn't much time for Meg and Simon's relationship to evolve, but they manage to evolve anyways. Slow and steady wins the race with these two and I always look forward to what development will come next for them. 

MARKED IN FLESH was a game changer. The writing is phenomenal as always and the characters continue to keep me reading. I look forward so seeing what happens next.

I gave it 5/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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