Author: Anne Bishop
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Expected Publication Date: March 3, 2015
*ARC received from publisher via NetGalley
The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before—both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him.
Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She knows each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon’s only hope of ending the conflict.
For the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon’s doorstep…
I love this series and here's why:
1. Unique and creative world-building. What a fascinating and bizarre world Anne Bishop has created! A world where the Others (shape shifting wolves and vampires) allow the humans to live because they provide interesting products. Other than that, they are only good for food. The world belongs to the Others and humans lease the land from them. But in the Courtyard, the Others are starting to form relationships with some humans, including Meg, a blood prophet, and some human policemen. It's detailed, rich, multi-layered, and more and more gets revealed in every book as the scope broadens. Love it!
2. The characters. There are a lot of characters to keep track of in this series, but the author does an excellent job of switching the POVs. Simon and Meg are my favorites. Simon is a shape shifting wolf and he is not human. At all. He clearly thinks differently from humans and being in his head is interesting, to say the least, as he grapples with dealing with humans on a regular basis. Meg is a blood prophet who was a prisoner for most of her life until she escaped; thus, she is still getting used to being in the world and is very naive. I love her relationship with Simon…major shipping going on…but it is moving at a GLACIAL pace. The ultimate slow burn romance. I understand that it's realistic, especially given who they are, but come on! Loved the last line, by the way. Aroooo!
Although the first two books had one major plot going on in each of them, which was resolved, this third book feels more like a build-up book, setting the stage for what's to come. I still enjoyed it, but I wish the plot had progressed a bit more than it did. I do love the series and I can't wait for the next one…I'm hooked!
Posted by: Pam