Hardcover, 354 pages
Published March 4th 2014
by Roc Hardcover
Some weeks ago, I read the first book in The Others series by Anne Bishop, and absolutely loved it. I liked the story line, and fantasy and I was itching to get my hands on the second book. Well, I did, and I've read it and it was AWESOME!
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.
The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard—Lakeside's shape-shifting leader—wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat.
As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet—and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.
I thought this was a fast paced, methodical novel. I loved how the story pivots around the Controller in that it's his actions that drive forth the building of trust and changing relationships between humans and Others, while at the same time are the root of the danger in this novel. And he gets his just desserts ☺ I didn't really anticipate that everything that was happening would come back to him, and yet the Controller gets so little page time. The story unfolds along other, more complex lines but the connection between that and the Controller is very interesting.
Meg grew in this story. The growth is stubtle but important and I think she will come into her own as this series progresses. She remains sweet, but I can see that she has an underlying layer of nerve and steel that will become quite formidable in time. And her developing feelings for Simon can't be denied forever, and nor can his for her. I'm very curious to see where the story will lead relationship wise, and not just in the romance department which I think will develop over time. The humans and Others still distrust one another, humans are still nothing more than tasty meat, but groundwork is being laid to begin something of an alliance between some humans and Others, and this is going to change the interaction between the two groups. I can't wait to read more.
I'm super curious about the some of the other grooups introduced as well, especially the Humans First and Last movement and the Intuits as well as all of the cassandra sanuge who are now under the protection of the Others. This series is rich in imagination, teeming with intelligent, feeling characters and is just plain wonderful. I can't remember the last time I was so drawn by in a series, or wanted to really delve into a world so much as I do with The Others. Now, if only I didn't have to wait a whole year to read book three. Le sigh. I'll just re-read the first two sometime throughout the year. ♥