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Lake Silence (The Others, #6) by Anne Bishop

Lake Silence (The Others, #6)Lake Silence by Anne Bishop
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: Lake Silence
Author: Anne Bishop
Series: The Others
Pages: 416
Publisher: Ace
Date: March 6, 2018

Summary:

Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others–vampires, shapeshifters, and paranormal beings even more deadly. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget . . .

After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence, in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns like Vicki’s have no distance from the Others, the dominant predators that rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what’s out there watching you.

Vicki was hoping to find a new career and a new life. But when her lodger, Aggie Crowe–one of the shapeshifting Others–discovers a dead body, Vicki finds trouble instead. The detectives want to pin the man’s death on her, despite the evidence that nothing human could have killed the victim. As Vicki and her friends search for answers, things get dangerous–and it’ll take everything they have to stay alive.

Review:

I have been waiting forever for this book. FOREVER! Okay, it’s only been a year, but I’m talking about a The Others book, so any time I have to wait is too long. Was it worth it? Oh, yeah. It’s not the book I was expecting, but it was still wonderful.

I have been a fan of this series since I found Written in Red on the “new book” shelf at my local library. I immediately bought my own copy and have it and the rest of the series in both ebook and audio format. Can you tell I love them?

Anyway, I was sad to realize last year that Etched in Bone was the final book in Meg’s and Simon’s story arc. Everything was tied up well, but I love the Lakeside Courtyard. This book, Lake Silence, goes in a different direction, but The Others I have grown to love are still represented.

The only shifters with a strong part are the Crowgard, Aggie in particular. Let me just say, I love Aggie . . . even when she is complaining about squishy eyeballs. The Crows are some of my favorite characters.

The true representatives of The Others in this book are the Sanguinati. They run the town of Sproing (and don’t you just love that name?), even though the humans don’t realize it. They think all of The Others are “out there”, not in the village itself. In this book, they certainly find out how wrong they are.

And that brings me to the major difference between this book and the previous ones. The humans have a much larger part. The main character is Vicki DeVine who runs The Jumble – a local B & B. A large part of the book is written from her point of view which really put a different feel to the story. It wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t what I expected.

And finally, this isn’t the book I was expecting. The previous book set things up to follow another village which has a Wolf sheriff and a human deputy. I really thought that was going to be the next book. This one was a surprise. I enjoyed it. It’s a really good book, but not the one I was hoping to read. Of course, that means I still have that story to look forward to. It has to be written at some point, right? Right?

As I say in all of the reviews I write which involve series, read the other books first. You will enjoy this one so much more because all of the world building has been done in previous books. Regardless, you want to read this book. I am already anxious for the next one and it’s going to be a long wait I know. -sigh-

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Quote-tastic Monday: Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

“Quote-Tastic Monday” is a meme hosted every Monday on Herding Cats & Burning Soup. Head on over there to see what everyone else is posting about this week.

This is the third time I have read/listened to this series and I love it more every time.  The plot line is unique to me and that is saying something.  I have read so many books over the years that nothing ever seems to be really new to me.  There may be a twist, but nothing is completely new.  The Others series is an exception.  The entire concept is new.  And yes, I know I have used the word “new” three times in this paragraph.

Anyway, even though I have read/listened to the series three times, I cannot give you an exact quote because I am listening, not reading in print form.  It’s just really hard to find an exact phrase in an Audible book.  The two phrases that have stuck with me so far are when Simon (wolf shapeshifter) wants to play with Meg (special type of human, not prey).  She is furious with him and he realizes that the only game she probably wants to play is “whack a wolf.”

I love that.  For some reason it cracks me up every time I hear it.

The other phrase was coined by Simon to describe Meg and her human pack.  Simon came up with the idea, but the other Others have taken to using it as well. (And again yes, I know that I have just typed other Others.)  He calls them “exploding fluffballs.”  Need I say, he does not call them that to their faces?

These books have become some of my all time favorites.  Anything and everything is put aside for a new Others book.  I cannot wait until March for Etched in Bone.  As the wolf puppies said on their Facebook page, those aren’t etchings, they’re teethmarks.  And I can’t wait to get my teeth into the next book.crowsquote-tastic final with green border

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Marked in Flesh (The Others, #4) by Anne Bishop

Marked in Flesh (The Others, #4)Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Title: Marked in Flesh
Author: Anne Bishop
Series: The Others, #4
Pages: 416
Publisher: Penguin/Roc
Date: March 8, 2016

Summary:

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…

Review:

I read the original book in this series, Written in Red, when it was first released. I just happened on it at our public library and decided to give it a try. It was and is wonderful. Somehow or other, I missed the release date of book two, Murder of Crows, and decided to wait for the third book, Vision in Silver, so I could read them straight through. Again, they are absolutely wonderful.

Finally, finally, I was able to get a copy of Marked in Flesh as an early reviewer copy. There is no doubt in my mind that they just get better and better. I love the entire concept of humans not being the top of the food chain. All you have to do is look around and you know we are not doing the best job of taking care of the earth. Maybe we need someone/something to slap us down.

Anne Bishop’s writing is magnificent. These are not just novels; they are works of literature, but so very readable. Each of her books are nearly impossible to put down, so I strongly suggest you wait for a weekend or take a sick day from work (grin) before starting one. You won’t be happy if you get interrupted.

My only criticism of Marked in Flesh is I wanted to see more of Sam. He’s in there. It just wasn’t enough to suit me.

Now, when will book five be released?

Arooooo!

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