After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders—a primitive and lethal form of the Others—the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no-man’s-land beyond their borders—and the darkness…
As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all their efforts are threatened when Lieutenant Montgomery’s shady brother arrives, looking for a free ride and easy pickings.
With the humans on guard against one of their own, tensions rise, drawing the attention of the Elders, who are curious about the effect such an insignificant predator can have on a pack. But Meg knows the dangers, for she has seen in the cards how it will all end—with her standing beside a grave
“The map showed human places I’d never heard of – places that had once been great civilizations, until humans forgot the world wasn’t theirs to claim.”
Awww. It’s the end to Meg and Simon’s part in this story. Why do good things always have to come to an end?
It definitely wasn’t perfect. At times, Etched in Bone felt tacked on to the series to wrap up the plot between Meg and Simon. There wasn’t really much else purposeful about this book. Certainly there was a story involved, but I don’t think this added anything to the series overall, except for the character developments of those two characters.
Monty’s brother, Cyrus, has come to Lakeside, looking for handouts. Because he is an awful, selfish, stupid human being. Which is saying something because the rest of the humans in this series are awful and selfish and stupid, too. Yet Monty’s brother is even worse than the rest. He is a danger to Lakeside, and Meg, and everyone knows it, even the Others. No one wants him there.
Only they can’t kick the Cyrus out. Or better yet: eat him. The Terra Indigene Elders are visiting Lakeside, and they want to observe how the Courtyard works. And part of that is observing “the Cyrus” and seeing what makes him who he is. So that they can point to it in the future as something ‘not allowed’. And they’re completely dismissive of the danger he can cause because they’re so used to being on top.
Only he is a danger to Meg. She is seeing visions, disturbing visions. and they deal with the danger to her. The are showing her future. And she is keeping silent about what she is seeing, but they know something is wrong. And the Others of the Lakeside Courtyard want to keep her safe, almost above everything.
Because she is their leader’s mate.
Because really, the best part of Etched in Bone was the character growths and interactions, which is a large part of the reason why I like this series already. Meg has grown into herself. She is more sure of herself and her powers. She has gained the skills she needs to exist out of the compound and she isn’t completely overwhelmed anymore. And she is realizing Simon isn’t just a friend. Simon isn’t always this big figure in Thasia Terra Indigene politics, that capture his attention what feels like weekly as immediate danger for him to deal with. It has calmed down again. And Simon is realizing Meg isn’t just a friend, too. But they’re so different, and they don’t know how to make that work together. And I always want to see more of this.
Plus, there is always the community they built. And Meg and Simon sort of built it together. It is probably the most diverse community on their planet. The humans have settled into the courtyard. Each group has learned how to work with the others. They’ve formed a community. And it’s really nice. For as much as this book doesn’t add much, it doesn’t take much away either. It’s nice to see the happily for now. And that’s what this is.
With a few truly witless humans as enemies.