Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Marked in Flesh
Author: Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #4
Hero/Heroine: Meg & Simon
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy
Length: 417 pages
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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…
I finished Marked in Flesh weeks ago but I’m still trying to process my feelings for it. The Others is my favorite series right now so I was eagerly awaiting this book to come out. And I must say, I was NOT disappointed! I loved getting back into this series. Seeing how things developed after the way the last book ended. This book had some very intense and suspenseful moments but also had some really sad ones.
I don’t want to go into details about what happened because there’s just so much. What I will say is that the HFL movement FINALLY show all their cards and cause a lot of havoc which pushes the Elders to act on their threats. This book, though, has a lot of things happening because we see not only what’s going on in the Lakeside Courtyard but in other parts of the country where the Wolfgards are.
We also get to see other POVs from Joe and Tolya and Jackson and a few other people. It allowed us to see how fragile the relationship is between the Others and Intuits AND we get a few POVs from the Elders, which I found fascinating. I liked the simplistic but menacing nature of their POVs, it really made their motivations and actions intriguing for me.
My FAVORITE parts, though, were the ones with Meg and Simon. I love them so much! I was a little sad that there’s not as many POVs with them but even so, there was a lot of development between them. I can just FEEL the sexual tension even though they’re still both so confused on what their relationship is but they’re finally admitting that maybe they want to be more than just friends.
In the end, this was a phenomenal addition to the series. I love where the series is going and love where Meg and Simon are heading. I adored every single word of this one and I can’t wait to see what happens next and I REALLY HOPE THAT MEANS MEG AND SIMON FINALLY GET TOGETHER! Definitely recommended if you’re following this series or a fan of UF and Anne Bishop!
Overall Impression: IT WAS AMAZING!!!!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*