Series: The Others #2
Published by Roc (3.4.2014)
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 369 pages
<em>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.</em>
<em>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.</em>
<em>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.</em>
Anne Bishop has a way with words! While this one didn’t quite have the magic that Written in Red did, it was still amazing! I think the best part of this series by far is the characterization. Each and every character is very fleshed out and realistic, and it seems like Anne really took care in building a personality for everyone. I looove the characters!
Meg is fabulous, and in this one I feel like she grew even more. She’s finally finding her way in the world, and she’s learning fast. She soaked things up like a sponge. She may have been simple in the first book because of her sheltered upbringing, but she’s very smart! I enjoyed getting back into her head!
I freaking love Simon and Meg. They are adorable! I love that their relationship doesn’t immediately develop into more. They’re friends, and even though there’s a hint of something it’s not emphasized. In fact, there’s a lot of tension in some parts because of the confusion about where they stand. And OMG it was pretty sexy! It’s just funny because while Meg sees Simon naked in bed as bad, he can’t grasp the difference between human skin and wolf skin. Simon is Simon, and that’s all he sees. He’s very simplistic and straight-forward. I love that about him, and I think it did a great job showing the nature of the Others.
All of the other characters I loved so much were back, too: Grandfather Erebus, Tess, the Elementals and Ponies…I adore them all so much! So many Others feels!
The only complaint I have is that this book had a very slight Second Book Syndrome. There is a lot of focus on building characters and relationships (which is not a bad thing at all!), and not a lot of action. I didn’t get bored or anything, it just didn’t have the drive the first book did. View Spoiler »I was glad that the Controller finally met his end. SO GLAD. « Hide Spoiler
Writing style: 4.5/5
Overall rating: 4.5/5