Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

Posted March 7, 2016 by Rosette in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Marked in Flesh by Anne BishopMarked In Flesh by Anne Bishop
Also by this author: Vision in Silver, Etched in Bone
Published by Penguin on March 8th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Contemporary, Romance, Alternative History, Urban
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780698190429

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Fourth in the “flawless” (The Reading Café) New York Times bestselling series from the author of Vision in Silver.   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...
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Rosette’s Review

I adore you Anne Bishop but you are really torturing me with this ending. I love stories with complex relationships, especially the ones that take time to grow and build during each book of a series. I was hoping for Meg and Simon’s feelings to finally become a reality with this book, but sadly it fell short and it just made the book drag a bit for me.

But I continue to admire Bishop’s world and all the entertaining characters. They are all so unique. Although this world seems to be a simple one at face value, one can only admire the many intricacies and difficulties between the world of humans and the Others. There is a hierarchy involved, and the humans seems to have forgotten who really is in control of this world.

There is a buildup to this book and you know that life ad humans know it will be changed forever. For the ones that have made their alliances with the Others, their fate may be less of a tragedy. Sometimes the earth is too chaotic and too messy and too evil that only something as catastrophic as Judgement Day will soon arrive. In this book, that day has arrived. It is a climatic ending that leaves me frustrated at having to wait for the next book of the series. I am anxiously awaiting to see what will eventually happen between Meg and Simon’s relationship. With each page I turned, my internal monologue kept saying “Can you guys just get it on already!” I am really hoping the next book will deliver.

The alliance between the two species with obviously need to become stronger if they are to survive this new world. And they will need to be wary of the Namid that started this downfall. Their interest in Meg is quite curious and has me wondering what they really have in store for her.

I continue to love this series. For fantasy lovers, it is a must read.


About Anne Bishop

Anne Bishop lives in upstate New York where she enjoys gardening, music, and writing dark, romantic stories. She is the author of fourteen novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel,Twilight’s Dawn, made the New York Times bestsellers list. She is currently working on a new series, which is an urban dark fantasy with a bit of a twist.

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