Title: Etched in Bone
Author: Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #5
We finally come to the end of Meg and Simon’s story! I am extremely glad that I waited to read this series until it was completely out because I would have gone crazy waiting for each installment. This has been a wild and fascinating world and I couldn’t put it down. I have spent the past week binging this series and I don’t regret it at all.
In this final book, we see a lot happening for the humans and terra indigene. The Elders are still watching and determining how many humans, if any at all, they will allow to live and everyone at Lakeside Courtyard is feeling the tension. They are focused on Cyrus James Montgomery, aka Jimmy, who is Lieutenant Montgomery’s brother. He is a con artist and see’s Lakeside as easy cash since his family already resides there. Jimmy was a toxic character and did a lot of damage in this book, but it also brought the humans and Others together in a new way.
Meg is finally settling into prophesying without cutting. She is still learning but her response isn’t always to cut now. She is becoming the role model the other cassandra sangue need. Simon is also changing by becoming more human in some aspects. After five books, Meg and Simon finally discuss mating and admit they want each other. I have loved their extremely slow building romance but I am so happy they finally admitted it. I would really love to see more books with these two in the future because I really want to see them as a strong mated couple running Lakeside.
Overall, this was another great addition to the series and a good ending. Yes there isn’t a lot of heavy romance but instead we get a wonderful and sweet slow building romance that is built on trust and understanding. I will totally be reading the spin-off series and all of Bishop’s other series now.
Trigger Warnings: death; gore; self-harm; toxic family; kidnapping; abuse; threat of rape;
Previous books and reviews for the series: