The Others Series by Anne Bishop – Series (so far) Review

March 11, 2016 All-Time Favorites, Reviews 17 ★★★★

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Thoughts on the Series as a Whole

I knew lots of my blogger friends were adoring this series, but I didn’t know exactly what to expect when I picked it up. The Others is urban fantasy, but it’s the most fantastical urban fantasy I’ve ever read. The world that Bishop has created is an alternate version of the world where shapeshifters and “Others” rule. It has a lot of characters that fall into the category of “werewolf” or “vampire” but they are wildly different than the types of characters we’ve come to associate with those names. In this world, the Others are incredibly brutal, and they have always ruled the world. They have adapted to take on aspects of other species on earth – the predators that they have conquered over time – and they see humans as just one more food source. A pesky, but sometimes useful food source, since the humans have created some technology that the Others appreciate. Humans, in Bishop’s world, are something to be tolerated, but only as long as they don’t cause too much trouble. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately, for us readers), this series is all about what happens when the humans cause trouble.

What Fed My Addiction:

  • Who are the villains? One of the things that I love most about this series is that it’s told from the perspective of the Others or from humans who have aligned themselves with the Others in one way or another. Because of this, you get a sort of interesting perspective. The Others are brutal in a lot of the ways they deal with the humans – they see them as useful meat, so when certain humans get out of hand, they don’t think much about destroying innocents along with the troublemakers. If this story was told from the perspective of some of those innocent humans, you might have a very different tale. But it’s not. We see why the Others treat humans the way they do, and we also see the human race’s own brutality through their eyes. While the Others can be dangerous, everything they do is for the good of the pack and the earth (which they are very much in touch with – in fact, some of the Others are actually Elementals who control the seasons, oceans, etc) – humans, on the other hand, act in ways that are greedy and selfish – ways that the Others don’t want to understand. Even when the story is told from the perspective of humans, it’s generally told from the POV of people who both fear and respect the Others. They realize that their lives are in these creatures’ hands and they want to allow the Others to see them as friends, not prey. This leads to plenty of interesting scenarios.
  • Meg’s story. Meg is the catalyst for change within her world. She has spent her life enslaved by people who were supposedly protecting her from herself (she feels compelled to cut herself in order to see prophecy and to experience the euphoria that comes with it) but who have actually been using her ability for prophet. When she escapes, she feels that the only place she might be safe is with the Others – away from human law. Meg is human, but somehow more – and she hasn’t been tainted by humanity. And because of that, she forges a relationship with the Others that no other human has ever been able to achieve. Meg changes the way the Others think about humans in general, and ultimately, that saves them. Meg’s story – both her fleeing from her captors and her fight with her addiction to cutting, which will eventually lead to her death (supposedly cassandra sangues have 1000 cuts before they die) is what gives the series its humanity. Meg captivates the Others, and I was equally enthralled!
  • The romance. This series has the slowest burning romance I’ve ever read (we’re on book four, and Meg and Simon are just now taking tiny tentative steps toward more than friendship), but Bishop has me hooked! Simon would never have considered mating with a human – it just isn’t done, and he wouldn’t see any reason why someone would want to do such a thing. The fact that Meg and Simon are completely different species makes a relationship with them beyond complicated – Simon doesn’t understand the way that humans mate, and Meg is just as clueless as he is since she spent her life sequestered away (and was sometimes abused by the men who used her for prophecy). So, it makes sense that they’re not jumping into anything. (Though I have to confess that I’m hoping Bishop doesn’t do something crazy like make us wait for the end of the final book to see these two together!!)

What Left Me Wanting More:

  • There’s nothing I can really say about the series as a whole that I think is lacking. The first two books are my favorites, mostly because I felt like the romance element of the story almost completely stalled in book three (and only picked up a tiny bit in book four), but there’s plenty more going on in those books to make up for it.

After having read the first four books in the series, I feel confident that I can call The Others an all-time favorite. Bishop has created a world that is truly unique and captivating, and I don’t ever want it to end! Easily the best urban fantasy I’ve ever read. (Note: I haven’t read a ton of urban fantasy because I tend to get tired of it. Hasn’t happened with this series!)

All -Time Favorite


Written in RedWritten In Red by Anne Bishop
Published by Penguin on 3/5/13
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 432
Source: Purchased
My content rating: Adult (This is one of those that could be read by a YA audience – so far – as of the 4th book, there is some violence and some talk of sex, but not much else – but there might be in future books?)
My rating:
5 Stars

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

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My Take copy3

Since this book was my intro to Bishop’s world, I think it’s safe to say I was blown away! Never have I felt so wrapped up in an urban fantasy right from the very start. Pretty much all of the reasons I gave above for loving the series can be applied to this first book, and I can’t think of much of anything that I didn’t love about it. Definitely 5/5 stars!


Murder of Crows by Anne BishopMurder of Crows
Published by Penguin on 3/4/14
Pages: 369
Source: Purchased
My rating:
5 Stars

After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.

The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard—Lakeside’s shape-shifting leader—wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat.

As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet—and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.

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 My Take copy3
Again, this second book had me completely enraptured. The story revolves around a drug that is affecting both humans and Others alike – in incredibly deadly ways. In this book, Meg’s prophetic abilities are kicked up a notch and relations between the humans and the Others starts to get very messy. There are some major showdowns and the danger factor is way high – I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book and couldn’t wait to jump right into the next one! Another 5/5 stars.

Vision in SilverVision in Silver by Anne Bishop
Published by Penguin on 3/3/15
Pages: 400
Source: Purchased
My rating:
4 Stars

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…

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My Take copy3

The story lagged just a little bit for me in this book (but only in comparison to the first two books, which were a lot to live up to!). The plot focused mostly on the rescued cassandra sangue and their struggle to survive in the outside world. Things aren’t as simple as simply rescuing them from captivity – Meg and the Others now have to figure out how to keep them alive. While I definitely enjoyed the story, I did feel like the pacing was a little slower in this one and not as much happened. Even the big, ultimate confrontation just felt a little less than in the first two books. I was also disappointed that the slow-burning romance practically shifted to a no-burning romance in this one. After the second book, I thought that Meg and Simon would be exploring their feelings (at least internally) a little bit more. But the romance was shoved so far onto the back burner that it almost could have gone cold. (Bishop did throw us a bit of a bone at the very end.) Still, I adored the overall story and enjoyed the book thoroughly. I give this installment 4 stars.


Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop Marked in Flesh
Series: The Others #4
Published by Penguin on 3/8/16
Pages: 416
Source: NetGalley
4.5 Stars

After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.

The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard—Lakeside’s shape-shifting leader—wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat.

As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet—and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.

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After a slower third installment in the series, I felt like Marked in Flesh picked things back up again. Whereas, in the last book, Meg and the Others were floundering trying to figure out how to care for the cassandra sangue and keep them alive, in this book I felt like they made more actual progress. And Meg really started to come into her own – learning how to control her ability and advocate for herself when she needed help. (Of course, there were still some pivotal scenes where Meg’s ability was critical to the well-being of her loved-ones.) Meanwhile, the battle between the humans and the Others came to a head in this installment, and there were HUGE repercussions! In the romance department, things between Simon and Meg remained at their snail pace (which I appreciate for the most part), but I felt like there was more development than in the last book – and that both Simon and Meg are seriously considering how they might take steps toward more. Hopefully Bishop will indulge us in the next book! I can’t believe I have to wait a year now to find out!! I give this book 4.5/5 stars.

***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***

About the Author:

Anne-BishopNew York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop is the winner of the RT Book Reviews 2013 Career Achievement Award in Sci-Fi/Fantasy. She is also the winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award for the Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel is Marked in Flesh, the fourth book in Anne’s urban fantasy series set in a re-imagined Earth. When she’s not communing with the Others, Anne enjoys gardening, reading, and music. (But, you should go read her much more fun and interesting, albeit longer, bio on her website.)

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17 Responses to “The Others Series by Anne Bishop – Series (so far) Review”

  1. Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    I am SO happy to see someone else who loves this series! I’ve been in love with it for about 2-3 years, and I’ve been trying to make people read it ever since. Definitely one of my all-time favorites. (And please, some more Simon and Meg in the next book!)

  2. Joy // Joyousreads

    I’m so glad you went on a bender with this series (and that you enjoyed the books!). I’m not particularly a fan of PNR/UF, but I’m quite a loyal follower of this series. I love how well the characters are fleshed out and the world so wonderfully conceptualized. I haven’t read Marked in Flesh, but I just got it in the mail this week.

  3. Heather

    I’m listening to Marked in Flesh now. I love this series too. I’m a sucker for books were humans are the bad guys and this one does it so well. I love Simon and Meg’s relationship too. I like books that have flirting but no sex scenes.

    • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

      Yes – the humans truly are much worse than the Others in this series! And I don’t mind sex scenes when they don’t overwhelm the plot, but I like the slow burn romance for sure. (Though I do hope we get a little bit of time with Simon and Meg together – not that I need them to have sex – but I’d like to see them as a couple!)

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  4. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I feel like when the first book in the series came out, it completely flew under my radar. I remember seeing it around but it didn’t clue in until much later that this was a series I NEEDED to read. Now I’ve (obviously) added it to my tbr shelf but I feel like I’m missing out so I must get my hands on a copy soon! Your review has convinced me of that much 🙂 I love a good PNR series and this definitely sounds like it fits the bill! Lovely review for the series^^

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    • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

      Yeah, I didn’t notice it at first either. I think it was around the time that the second book came out that I saw people gushing about the series. When I saw the ARC for book four available on NetGalley, I decided it was time to jump in!

  5. Blaise

    I’ve been wondering lately how eager I am to pick this up and you have definitely reignited my interest. It sounds like The Others is pretty much everything I love about an Urban Fantasy.

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  6. Rebecca

    I also recently added these to my TBR (my poor TBR, always ever-growing 😉 and they look SO GOOD. I don’t normally read Adult or this genre, but it sounds addictive and like it has a great story. I wonder how many books are left though because I only like to start series when they’re completed otherwise I forgot what happened and lose interest. Glad you enjoyed the books 🙂

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