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…
For those of you who read the last book, Vision of Silver, you should have realized know it was leading up to a war between humans and the Others.
So it shouldn’t be surprising when I tell you, Marked in Flesh is the beginning of that war.
After the events in Vision of Silver, the tennsion between the Others and the Humans First and Last Movement (HFL) is high. The HFL have began to move further into their efforts to take back their land by first threatening humans who refuse to join their movement. For example, those who don’t join are branded as a “wolf lover”, lose their jobs, home, or business. However, that’s only if they are lucky not to get killed by the HFL. What the HFL have forgotten or rather see as act of aggression is the notice put on by the Elders that humanity is on the equivalent of a final written warning.
Meanwhile Meg and Simon are preparing everyone for what the Elders are preparing to do. Simon and The Others try to bring in humans who have worked with them in order to protect them from what will come. At the same time, Meg is trying to find out ways for her and the other cassandra sangue (blood prophets) to be able to see the prophecy without cutting.
Have to say, Anne Bishop did an excellent job in Marked In Flesh. This has to be my favorite installment of The Others series! Every page had me on pins and needles until I had reached the end. Never thought I would be rooting against the humans but I couldn’t help it especially after reading the HFL’s actions in Marked In Flesh.
Be warned though!
Marked In Flesh has left me wanting to get my hands on book 5! Think this time, the one year wait is going to be a longer wait.