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…
And when one kind of animal overruns an area to the point where many kinds of animal begin to starve, it’s up to the predators to thin out the herds before there’s nothing left for anyone. That’s a simple truth whether you’re talking about deer or humans.
The conflict between the humans and the others have come to a crescendo.
The humans are making their move. They’re attacking the terra indigene en masse. They’re luring the others into the open, and killing them. And the others are pissed. The clever meat cannot be allowed to be this stupid. And the Humans First and Last group are upsetting the blood prophets, too. And I genuinely don’t understand why they think it is worth it to attack the Others – they don’t have any chill. They will eat you.
The first time I read Marked in Flesh, I was absolutely shocked. It is so brutal. All the way through, it is brutal. And before this book, this series didn’t feel that way. Sure, there were moments where shit went belly up and then ended. If not peacefully, then at least we were lying in wait to see what would come next. This was just brutal all the way through.
On the other hand there is Meg and Simon who are kind of adorable, balancing out the brutality. Meg is..scared of human males due to implied reasons of her past. But Simon isn’t human, though he can appear human. Meg and Simon both are exploring their boundaries together and it is so cute. It isn’t a conventional relationship, but it works for them. Even if they aren’t yet willing to admit it.
Otherwise, the Others are protecting more and more humans in the Lakeside courtyard. And they’re kind of frustrated at humans in general but feel responsible for the humans they’ve taken on in the courtyard already. And their families.
The question of the book is “How much human should the others keep?”. They were asked this by someone in charge. And no one is quite certain what it means, and they can’t possibly know the answer.
And neither can the reader.