Review - Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #4
Berkley Publishing Group - Roc
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
Date Read: March , 2017
Source: Library

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…
My Review

I do love this story but this book started out really slow for me.  It did pick up and moved much faster for the second half of the book but I found myself having a hard time staying focused during the first part of the story.  This is a series that is very detailed and I think those details became tedious for me as the story started to unfold.  Once things really got going, I did move pretty quickly through the book and really enjoyed myself.

One of the things that I do love about this series is the characters.  Previous book have been largely focused on Meg and Simon with a lot of great supporting characters.  This story featured Meg and Simon less than the in previous books.  They are still central characters but this book spent a lot of time away from the Lakeside Courtyard.  I liked the characters that were featured in these other locations but I missed Meg and Simon.

This book does pick up right where the previous book left off so this is a series that really needs to be read in order.  The world is in turmoil with humans and the Others at odds.  Of course, it isn't all humans that are causing trouble but the Humans First and Last organization has grown and is making plans to take control of the land away from the Others.  The fight between the groups will end up being dangerous for everyone involved.

I would recommend this series to others.  I think that the world building is very strong and the story is filled with characters that are hard not to like.  I can't wait what will happen next!

The Series

Book #1 - Written in Red - My Review
Book #2 - Murder of Crows - My Review
Book #3 - Vision in Silver - My Review
Book #4 - Marked in Flesh
Book #5- Etched in Bone

About the Author

Photo: © Merri Lee Debany
New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop is a winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award, presented by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, for The Black Jewels Trilogy. She lives in upstate New York.

Author Links: Website | Facebook


  1. Stupid humans. Do they think they could ever beat The Others? LOL.

  2. I'm planning to read this series, Carole. It's been on my kindle. Can't wait to start it. Glad to hear that you love it. :-D

  3. A slow start is the worst!! Glad it picked up. Great review!!

  4. Ahh, you've caught up on the series! I think this installment and Written in Red are my favorites in the series. I can't wait to see what you think of the final book, which was kind of slow for me, but it's still a good read. So glad you started this!

  5. Glad you still enjoyed it despite the slow start. I love this series.

  6. Ah a fine line between the right amount of detail and bogging things down. Glad the second half picked up for ya.

  7. Hmm... it sounds like this book took a little nose dive for the series as the beginning was a little bit hard to work through because of the detail slowing the pace down. I am glad that around halfway it managed to pick back up again, and you could enjoy the story more.

  8. This is one of my favorite series. I listen first and then read them.


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