by Terrance Mc Arthur
Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Etched in Bone. We also have a link to order it from Amazon, and from an indie bookstore where a portion goes to help support KRL.
You know how, once in a while, you come across a book that makes you think, “What a great idea! Why didn’t I think of that?”
You know how, once in a while, you come across a writer who makes you think, “This is so good! Why can’t I put ideas together that well?”
In this alternate world, humans are tolerated because of the things they can invent and make, but the true power belongs to massive, ancient creatures called The Others and their lesser forms of elementals, vampires, and shifters. The Humans First, Humans Last movement has been brutally squashed, and Lakeside is one of the few cities in decent shape. Its survival is partly because of the working relationship developed between the local police and the shifters of the Lakeside Courtyard, an enclave The Others are watching. Their observations might decide the fate of humanity.
Simon Wolfgard (a shifter-leader in the Courtyard) and Meg Corwyn (a blood prophet who sees the future in a deck of picture cards or ecstatic visions when her skin is cut) are the focus of the observation. Meg’s prognostications are filled with question marks, lately, confused by an opportunistic refugee (brother to a police detective), who manipulates others into situations that put the Courtyard’s existence into jeopardy.
Bishop juggles her cast with skill, offering glimpses of the societies of wolves, crows, coyotes, owls, bears, and vampires that emphasize their Otherness, yet shows commonality to the humans around them. The changes the Courtyard put into action are altering the planetary dynamic, showing ways that coexistence can work.
This set of books is best savored in its entirety, from Meg’s arrival (Written in Red) to the synthesis of Etched in Bone. Watch the growing feelings of Simon and Meg, their worries about how the other views them as predator or prey. Enjoy how the Courtyard expands to accept and protect the police who try to work with the non-humans. Have fun!
To enter to win a copy of Etched in Bone, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “bone,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen May 27, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.
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