Etched In Bone
By Anne Bishop
** spoiler alert ** I really enjoyed this series and was looking forward to reading this, but etched in bone falls flat. It’s not a horrible book, but it loses its charm, because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere. The realism of the shifters was very refreshing and I loved that Bishop treated them as real animals, but there is so much foreshadowing in the book that you know exactly what is going to happen from the very beginning. We know someone is going to take Meg, we are just waiting for it.
I think the reason why some people might not like this is because the romance fans are looking for some fireworks to happen between Meg and Simon. In the end, literally, in the end of the book they sit down and have a civilized conversation and decide to become mates. They have a few pecks and the curtains close. While I am disappointed that there was no gratifying carnal climax, it’s not that big of a deal for me. This was more a story about blending families and kinship, than a romance. The problem I have is Meg being so helpless, to the point that she seems to endanger everyone all the time.
I usually don’t like helpless women, and I sort of just let it go, because the rest of the story was so engaging and novel to me. Animals that acted like animals. If animals became anthropomorphic tomorrow and we were trying to have relationships, this is what it might look like. In this aspect, it’s really gritty and It’s why I loved the other books. Meg annoyed me, but she seemed to get stronger in every book and I truly thought that she would get up and become a true leader in this one. No. She needs to be rescued and coddled even more than any of the other books. If we follow the way Bishop treats the shifters, animals acting like logical animals, then Meg would contribute too much trouble.
It started to grate on my nerves when Meg is referred to as “our meg”. At first it was sweet and I loved to see these hard edged animals finding interest in meg. However, in the end Meg is a glorified toddler that has to be watched all the time. It just got really old, especially since there was no real conflict. It was just about family drama problems on steroids. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought that this was a book written by Tyler Perry.
After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders—a primitive and lethal form of the Others—the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no-man’s-land beyond their borders—and the darkness…
As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all their efforts are threatened when Lieutenant Montgomery’s shady brother arrives, looking for a free ride and easy pickings.
With the humans on guard against one of their own, tensions rise, drawing the attention of the Elders, who are curious about the effect such an insignificant predator can have on a pack. But Meg knows the dangers, for she has seen in the cards how it will all end—with her standing beside a grave