Publishing Date: March 8, 2016
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 have been a big fan of this series since I first found it in the digital catalogue of my local library, so I was ecstatic when I saw that it was being offered for review. This book is a continuation of others in the series, following up on the attack of the crows in the shopping mall where the previous book had left us. The Others have reached their limit and are beginning to retaliate. I guess because my favorite parts of the books have always been meg and her relationship with Simon, Jake and the Others at the Lakeside Courtyard and because nothing new really happened with her I found myself a little disappointed with this one.
Anne Bishop (excerpt taken from her website http://www.annebishop.com/a.bio.html)
Once upon a time…
Have you heard this story before?
All right, then.
Oh, you want another story.
Once upon a time, there was a girl who liked to write stories. So she did. And she had fun.
Then, one day, a thought got stuck in her head that if she couldn’t write a really greatstory, there wasn’t much point in writing stories at all. So she stopped writing.
She was young and didn’t know any better.
The girl went out into the world to make a living and do some growing up. And this was fine and necessary.
Then, one day, several years later, a story poked its little head up out of the creative reservoir and said, “Hello?”
It was a little story, and it looked rather forlorn, so the girl shaped it with words as best she could so that it could go out into the world.
The story, who was very happy about this, went back to the creative reservoir to pack its bags for its adventure into the world and told all its friends about the girl.
Not long after that, another story poked its little head up out of the creative reservoir and said, “Hello?”
So the girl shaped it with words as best she could. And the story was very happy. So were the other stories that came after that one.
They were little stories. They were very polite.
During the years when the girl was shaping these stories, she began reading books and magazines about writing (and, later on, about organization and time management). As she worked and read, she became more skillful and could shape bigger stories.
Then came the day when something tapped her on the shoulder. When she turned around, it wasn’t a polite little story, looking forlorn and saying, “Hello?” It was a novel that kissed her hand, smiled at her, and said, “Hello. We’re going to be very good friends for quite some time.”
So that is the story of how the girl ended up sharing her living space with, among other things, an overabundance of paperwork and a great many characters.
You want mundane data too? In that case…
New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop is the winner of the RT Book Reviews 2013 Career Achievement Award in Sci-Fi/Fantasy. She is also the winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award for the Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel is Marked in Flesh, the fourth book in Anne’s urban fantasy series set in a re-imagined Earth. When she’s not communing with the Others, Anne enjoys gardening, reading, and music. Since you’re reading this, there’s no point in telling you to visit her website atwww.annebishop.com.