Author: Anne Bishop
Publisher: Roc Hardcover; First Edition edition, 2014
ISBN 13: 978-0451465269
Rating: 4/5 Stars
By Amanda Barber
“After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more. The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard—Lakeside’s shape-shifting leader—wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat. As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet—and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.”
I love Anne Bishop. I know I say this every time I do a review of one of her books, but I really do love her. I’ve yet to read a book of hers that I didn’t like. The Others couldn’t have be more different from her Black Jewels books; I love to see how diverse her creativity is. In the first book of The Others series, we can guess that Thasia is America; only, it’s not the America we know. It is ruled by the terre indigene (what we would consider vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, etc.) and it’s fascinating. And then there’s Meg who, at first, we think is a normal human. However, [TBL SPOILER! Alert] she’s not. She’s a blood prophet who escaped from the compound in which she was held captive. After the plan to get Meg back failed, the people who held her prisoner try a new strategy. Now, not just the Lakeside residents are threatened, but the whole of Thasia. This is when we get to meet more of the Others. We finally get to see the beginning of a romance start between Meg and Simon eventhough neither one have yet admitted anything in this book. When I finished reading, I wondered where the rest of the story was going, since Murder of Crows had, what seemed, a happy ending. I guess it’s only the beginning of at least 5 books set to be released in this series (which makes me happy because I can’t wait to see where this story goes).
About the Author
Anne Bishop lives in upstate New York where she enjoys gardening, music, and writing dark, romantic stories. She is the author of seventeen novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel is Murder of Crows, the second book in Anne’s urban fantasy series set in a re-imagined Earth. She is currently working on the third book about the Others. Since you’re reading this, there’s no point in telling you to visit her website.
Text © 2014 Amanda Barber
Re-print © 2014 The Black Lion Journal
Re-printed with permission.
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