Friday, April 5, 2019

Review - Wild Country by Anne Bishop

Wild Country by Anne Bishop 
Narrated by Alexandra Harris
Series: The Others #7 | The World of the Others #2
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group - Ace | Penguin Audio
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Date Read: March 24, 2019
Length: 496 pages | 17 hours 57 minutes
Source: NetGalley | Audible Purchase
★★★★☆
In this New York Times bestselling powerful and exciting fantasy set in the world of the Others series, humans and the shape-shifting Others will see whether they can live side by side...without destroying one another.

There are ghost towns in the world—places where the humans were annihilated in retaliation for the slaughter of the shape-shifting Others.

One of those places is Bennett, a town at the northern end of the Elder Hills—a town surrounded by the wild country. Now efforts are being made to resettle Bennett as a community where humans and Others live and work together. A young female police officer has been hired as the deputy to a Wolfgard sheriff. A deadly type of Other wants to run a human-style saloon. And a couple with four foster children—one of whom is a blood prophet—hope to find acceptance.

But as they reopen the stores and the professional offices and start to make lives for themselves, the town of Bennett attracts the attention of other humans looking for profit. And the arrival of the outlaw Blackstone Clan will either unite Others and humans...or bury them all.
My Review

This was another wonderful installment in a fantastic series.  I have devoured each book in the series and eagerly look forward to each new installment.  I had a digital review copy of this book but decided to go with the audiobook this time around and I think that it was a good choice.  I was hooked by the story right away and had a hard time putting the book aside.  I really enjoyed the experience of reading this book.

This book takes place at the same time as some of the events are happening in Etched in Bone.  There are some mentions of familiar characters but for the most part, this book tells the story of a new group.  This book is set in the small town of Bennett where the town is led by the Others but humans are settling in and living alongside them.  It is a big adjustment for everyone, especially the town's Wolfguard sheriff and human officer. 

I liked the characters in this book and really enjoyed the variety of the cast.  Really, there is a little bit of everything in this book.  There are regular humans, just about every kind of shifter that you could imagine, the vampire-like Sanguinati, blood prophets, and even a few close encounters with the Elders.  There are even a couple of puppies worked into the mix which was a big plus for me.

I thought that this book was pretty exciting  I was eager to learn how everything would come together.  There are some scenes that are pretty action packed but I also liked the quieter scenes that illustrated how everyone was working together to make the community work.  The only complaints that I really had would be the stupidity of some of the humans and the fact the pack of wild dogs had to be dealt with as they were.

This was the first time that I have had the chance to listen to the narration of Alexandra Harris.  I thought that she did a great job with all of the different characters and their voices.  She had a very pleasant speaking voice and was able to add some emotion into her reading.  I really enjoyed listening to her narration of this book.

I would recommend this book to others.  This book does touch on a lot of things that occur in the first five books of The Others series so I would recommend that the series be read in order.   I cannot wait to read more stories set in this wonderful world created by Anne Bishop!

I received a digital review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group - Ace via NetGalley and purchased a copy of the audiobook.
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 - My Review
Book #5- Etched in Bone - My Review
Book #6 - Lake Silence - My Review
Book #7 - Wild Country
About the Author

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 is also the author of the Ephemera series, the Tir Alainn trilogy, and the Novels of the Others—including Etched in Bone, Marked in Flesh, Vision in Silver, Murder of Crows, and Written in Red. She lives in upstate New York.

Author Links: Website | Facebook

15 comments:

  1. did you say puppies? are they the fluffy kind or the ones that turn full bloodhound when angered?
    yes I am hoping to delve into the series one day...

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  2. I didn't know there were puppies. I adored the first 4 books, but kind of held off on the last one because I hated for it to end. Then she started the companion series so now I'm REALLY behind. I also really want a Weather Pony. I fell in love with them. This would make such a great cable supernatural series.

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  3. I haven't read Anne Bishop in a long time, and I don't know why because I think she's a talented writer. Thanks for the nudge.

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  4. Just finished book two of the original series. I'll get here eventually. Good to know how it fits as a parallel story to book five.

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  5. I keep meaning to read this author, I even checked out a few books on Libby but never got around to reading. Great review!

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  6. I've heard that this series is good but I haven't read it yet.

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  7. I listened to the first book and absolutely loved it! It's way outside of my usual genre and it really made me want to explore more urban fantasy. I need to get the next one and keep going with it!

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  8. I have loved this series as a whole, but I've been 'currently reading' this one since before it came out. I am having such a hard time getting into it. I think I must be in the wrong 'reading mood' for it. LOL

    Great review, Carole. I'm glad you enjoyed this one. I love this narrator, and I think she has enhanced this series that I already love.

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  9. I love this series. I always listen first and hope she decides to pick this series up again.

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  10. I really enjoy this series. I have listened but usually prefer to read it. It's not anything wrong with the narrator, just I read faster. lol Wonderful review! I loved this one more than Lake Silence. Anne - Books of My Heart

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  11. I did not know, but it seems she is writing no more! NO MORE

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  12. I've heard she's taking a break from the series. Not sure if there will be any more or not. Makes me sad. I would like to try some of her other stuff though. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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  13. It sounds like you're really loving this series!

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  14. I've listened to most of the books even after the fact of reading my e-copy because I love Alexandra Harris' performance so much. Glad you enjoyed this one, too! :)

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  15. It's always nice when you get to change things up a little bit and try the audiobook when you can! I am glad that the narrating experience was a good one for you and you could continue to enjoy this next installment in the series as well ^.^

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