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Wild Country by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #7
Published by Ace on March 5, 2019
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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There are ghost towns in the world—places where the humans were annihilated in retaliation for the slaughter of the shape-shifting Others.
One of those places is Bennett, a town at the northern end of the Elder Hills—a town surrounded by the wild country. Now efforts are being made to resettle Bennett as a community where humans and Others live and work together. A young female police officer has been hired as the deputy to a Wolfgard sheriff. A deadly type of Other wants to run a human-style saloon. And a couple with four foster children—one of whom is a blood prophet—hope to find acceptance.
But as they reopen the stores and the professional offices and start to make lives for themselves, the town of Bennett attracts the attention of other humans looking for profit. And the arrival of the Blackstone Clan, outlaws and gamblers all, will uncover secrets…or bury them.
I completely love The Others series and the continuation in the World of the Others books, telling us about various outlying communities has the same setup. I would definitely start at the beginning since it will help you understand the world and characters, as well as character types, better and it’s an amazing story. The world has the blood prophets, sanguinati, shifters, elementals, and elders, Intuits and humans.
Books 1-3 and Book 5 in the series are all focused around the Courtyard with the primary characters of Meg and Simon and many wonderful others. Book 4, Marked in Flesh, is more global in its focus and has SO many characters it was difficult to follow or connect with them all. It was my least favorite in the series at that point.
Now, Lake Silence and Wild Country, each show us the development of a community after the war. Mostly all the characters are new but in the same types. In both books, there are Others and humans, working together and building trust and relationships, and there are greedy humans who want power or easy wealth who come to town and cause an upset. The timeline in Wild Country is a bit intertwined with Etched in Bone and around the same time or just before Lake Silence.
I was very happy to get more plot around the blood prophets and the Intuit people this time. I am curious to see if the following books will be similar with new characters and a new town but a similar timeline and plot. I would love to see a bit more global book based around the blood prophets, or maybe the Intuits, and what is happening to them. However the series continues, I am sure I will be reading it.
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I love your review and sharing about the other books too. Gives me an idea where to start with her books and I sure want to!
Well I would definitely start at the beginning with Written in Red. It’s an amazing book in a great series. You especially I think will like this as there is almost a horror vibe at times. I bugged my daughter for over a year to read Written in Red. She finally did and then reread it 28 times! Yeah, it’s extraordinary.
I added Written In Red to my cart on Amazon for my next order. Looking forward to trying the series:)
I hope you love it as much as we did.
I really liked this one as well. And like you, no matter where the author takes the story I will be reading it. Most unique series ever!
Yes, it is unique in feel. I think it’s because the bad guys are the good guys. It points out clearly it isn’t how one looks, it’s the attitude and the way one treats others.
HI Anne! I was just thinking the same as Laura, I’d like to try her books and now I know where to come back to check out more about her and where to start!
Thank you! I recommend the series SO highly. I would start with Written in Red.
Glad you’re enjoying the series.
I hope you will enjoy it if you try it.
One day I’m going to try this series. Thanks for the review.
You must try it! I should make this a Read-Along in a couple years. You like shifters and it’s the most unusual setup ever. It’s not like any other series.
I recently finished book one so looking forward to getting the rest of the series. Glad it’s still going strong.
Did you love Written in Red? I hope you enjoy them as much as I have. They are different and great.
Great review, Anne! I was really happy with the timeline that overlapped Etched in Bone. I enjoyed the look at Bennett just after the war and the wrath of the elders. So many great characters and several surprises.
Thank you! I’m glad we are both loving this series.
I have this one to read but haven’t been able to get to it yet. I am happy that there will be some blood prophets in this one.
I totally want the story to be about all the blood prophets, how they learn ways to communicate their visions without cutting. I love all the different Others too.
I had such a great time with this novel, it was better for me than the first spin off novel! I can’t wait for more!
I like this one better too. I really enjoy the whole series.
I’m so excited to read this when it comes out. 🙂
I like this better than the last one. But I love the whole series. This is a series I tend to read rather than listening but last year I did get the audio. I hope you enjoy!
I really hope the next book is set in Bennett again. I really need to know more after the events of this story.
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I need a bigger connection, either it being in Bennett or following the blood prophets, not a whole new town with pretty much all characters we don’t know.