Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop
Narrator: Alexandra Harris
Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
Date Read: March 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
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…
Series: The Others #4
Also by this author: Written in Red, Murder of Crows, Vision in Silver br> br>
Also in this series: Written in Red, Murder of Crows, Vision in Silver
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: I am not sure if it was my mood but Marked in Flesh was a mix of brilliant and bogginess (explain down below) for me!
Quick Thoughts: This is the first time it has taken me two weeks to get through a book in The Others. My Ratings for the earlier ones: 4.5, 5, & 5. I can’t quite pinpoint where this book and I didn’t connect. There were parts where I was on the edge of my seat. I loved those moments. I also loved the growth of all the characters, especially the female characters. They are really becoming quite a force to be reckoned with him. On the flip side, even the growth of the idiot Human Movement was fascinating. I hated them (you are supposed to) but I liked that it finally came to a head. However all this brilliance was under so much prose. I felt bogged down with details that was a little too descriptive for me. I kept speeding up the audio to get through some parts just because it was too much for my taste. However, it may have very well been my mood. It is the curse of a mood reader! Either way I still highly recommend this series and in particular Marked in Flesh. You do not want to miss the character growth that happens.
Narrated By Alexandra Harris / Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
Alexandra is really a great fit for this series. I still want Simon to have a deeper voice but I think she nails him as well as any female could. This is a HUGE cast of characters with a ton of different accents–she does really good at bringing them all to life. I recommend this on audio (she even sounds great at higher speeds–which I listened to this one too in several areas).
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