Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

22062202Rating: 4 stars

Series: The Others #4

Everything had been building up to this. Some humans and the others were managing to get along. Most humans had become greedy and wanted to take the land from others. The others who lived out in the wild had their own ideas about how to handle humans. It was inevitable something bad was going to happen.

It’s hard to discuss this without giving the plot away. I was very happy the Elders took an active role in the story, but they’re still elusive. The developments with the blood prophets have the potential to drastically change their future. I’m not going to say anything about Meg and Simon’s relationship except there was progress. A very interesting point was hinted at in regards to Meg and Simon, and I think the ramifications of that will be explored in the next book.

The pacing in this series is slow. A lot of time is spent focusing on mundane issues. The action scenes are fairly minimal. But it totally works for this series. I love seeing how all of the characters interact and attempt to learn about the customs and habits of the different species. Some new characters were introduced, and they really helped to give insight to what communities in other parts of Thasia were experiencing. The cast of characters has expanded greatly since Written in Red. The only thing I don’t like about it is that Simon and Meg aren’t focused on as much. No matter how many characters there are, they are the core of the series.

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