Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Etched in Bones – Anne Bishop – 5 stars
Etched in Bones is supposed to be the last book in the Others series. After reading it however, I can see how the author could carry on for an infinite about of time. I did feel this story felt more settled than the others, a certain peace to it. The characters felt more understanding of themselves as well as each other, a certain strength in knowing.
In Etched in Bones, we finally meet The Elders. In previous books, they are entities that exist like Gods and in Marked in Flesh, they passed judgement on humans and millions die. The story circles around the Elders, as they must decide if humans should be kept on earth and if so, is there a certain type of human that should be kept?’. The Elders embark on research and for lack of a better term ‘meddle’ in the lives of those around Lakeside Courtyard, so that they can determine human’s worth. We are then taken on a journey of those who are good, bad, and those in between. It was fascinating to watch how a God like entities can also learn new things about life and coexisting.
Oh and that sweet slow love that blooms between Meg and Simon? Their story and words could not be any more perfect for who they are and what they are becoming. I think some readers may be disappointed as it is not the hearts and flowers epic scene of words and physical love, but really, if you know they two of them, it was perfect.
The above short synopsis does not even scratch the surface of the complexity of this book, let alone the series. There are so many layers and intertwined concepts, philosophies, and characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and while I would not be sad for more, I can walk away from this series with a full heart.
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