After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders—a primitive and lethal form of the Others—the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no-man’s-land beyond their borders—and the darkness…
As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all their efforts are threatened when Lieutenant Montgomery’s shady brother arrives, looking for a free ride and easy pickings.
With the humans on guard against one of their own, tensions rise, drawing the attention of the Elders, who are curious about the effect such an insignificant predator can have on a pack. But Meg knows the dangers, for she has seen in the cards how it will all end—with her standing beside a grave.
3.5 Star Rating - Recommended Age: 16+
I sooooo wanted to keep to my normal 4-5 star reviews of Anne Bishop books, but while I liked this book, I didn't really love it. The story is progressing well and I did love the attention to other characters. Ms. Twyla is now my favorite secondary character! But it was more of the same. Vague prophecy, cards and humans no real help, danger, whew - we barely saved everyone. The saving grace for the repetition is that not all of the danger was directed at Meg. The story also delved more deeply into the human side of the Courtyard and I really got into the Montgomery's family complexities. Somebody PLEEEAAASSE slap the shiznit out of Sierra!
The romance is heating up..well, not really...between Meg and Simon, but something is going on! FINALLY! I like how the author gives you clues in the story about what's coming up in the next book. That's what keeps you hooked. A part of me would have liked more interaction between Meg and the Elders, and I would like to get some backstory on Grandfather Erebus. The seemingly friendly but deadly characters are always the most interesting.
Most emotional part of the book
Skippy!!!! No spoilers, but can I just say the potluck dinner!!! Skiiiipppyyyy!!!