Review of Wild Country (The World of the Others #2) by Anne Bishop

He Has Teeth, She has a Gun, They are the Law

Book Synopsis

In this powerful and exciting fantasy set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Others series, humans and the shape-shifting Others will see whether they can live side by side…without destroying one another.

There are ghost towns in the world—places where the humans were annihilated in retaliation for the slaughter of the shape-shifting Others.

One of those places is Bennett, a town at the northern end of the Elder Hills—a town surrounded by the wild country. Now efforts are being made to resettle Bennett as a community where humans and Others live and work together. A young female police officer has been hired as the deputy to a Wolfgard sheriff. A deadly type of Other wants to run a human-style saloon. And a couple with four foster children—one of whom is a blood prophet—hope to find acceptance.
 
But as they reopen the stores and the professional offices and start to make lives for themselves, the town of Bennett attracts the attention of other humans looking for profit. And the arrival of the Blackstone Clan, outlaws and gamblers all, will uncover secrets…or bury them.
 

Stats

Kindle Edition, 492 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Ace
Original Title
Wild Country
ASIN
B07DMZB97R
Edition Language
English
Series

The World of the Others #2The Others #7.

Reading Order

  1. Written in Red
  2. Murder of Crows
  3. Vision in Silver
  4. Marked in Flesh
  5. Etched in Bone 
  6. Lake Silence (can be started as another new series)
  7. Wild Country

My Thoughts...

“It was equally clear, at least to her, that no one on the right side of sanity messed with Douglas Burke.”

There is always one thing that you can depend on in life and reading. You can depend on the sun rising and you can depend on Anne Bishop writing a beautiful book. Every single time I have ever read a book of hers whether it is of the Jewels line or the Others series they have never been poor. They are not always perfect. But in the end, I have loved them and loved what few imperfections they ended up having. The writing ends up flowing like prose. The world-building is so well done. You can almost see the rain falling on the blades of grass in the courtyard in The Others. You can feel the goosebumps travel your skin from hearing the Arwoo that the wolves make. Not many authors can do that. It takes a steady hand and the ability to push and pull details, to add just enough here, and pull just enough there to get things just right and she is a master at it. And, once again she did not disappoint. Wild Country was a high and delicious delight.

It was a delight that I so desperately needed. I have been fighting illness last month. It was able to take me from my misery and pull me into the world I have become so fond of and again immerse me in a fast-paced story with new characters that almost seem comfortable to me.

Speaking of characters. Something that Anne Bishop does, that I know of no other author doing is to not humanize or anthropomorphize werewolves, vampires, or any other lupine type creature. They are not human and will never be human. They are others and will always be. It adds a dividing line through the novel that I respect and admire. They can be friends as much as their species can come to understand each other, they can be lovers, as much as their species can allow. But they can not me mates, fall in love, or anything else. That can not be. It is a refreshing take on a somewhat tired out genre. Also, Anne shows how dangerous humans are. We are just dangerous in other ways. In much more dangerous and devious ways. Less respectable ways. It is in good balance with the rest of the novel.

The pacing was fantastic. Each section moved the story and had a specific purpose to the plot that added a noteworthy element. Not a word was wasted.

If you like stories that have werewolves, vampires, and creatures of others but are not stupid. No sparkle here folks. Just fantastic and interesting writing about a town on the frontier trying to get started dealing with brigands and horse thievery, vagrants, and the like. This is the story for you. 

I can not give this high enough praise another fabulous story out of Anne Bishop!!!

 

About The Author

Anne Bishop lives in upstate New York where she enjoys gardening, music, and writing dark, romantic stories. She is the author of fourteen novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel, Twilight’s Dawn, made the New York Times bestseller list. She is currently working on a new series, which is an urban dark fantasy with a bit of a twist.

Where to Find Her

http://www.annebishop.com/

4 comments

  1. I have yet to find any Anne Bishop book less than amazing. Of all the books and authors I’ve read, I think she is the best at world building. Probably because she always finds some sort of relevant tie into the real world and humanity that stands out in a really unique way. I have to do some major pallet cleansing after reading one of hers because I know pretty much anything I pick up afterwards is doing to be a disappointment in comparison.

    1. I know exactly what you mean. I am not going to say her world building is perfect, because that is such a loaded word. But she has so much finesse. She uses just enough detail and ties just enough into actual reality to make it relateable that you can’t help but be enthralled.

  2. I love The Others series! Wild Country was one of my favorite, after getting so comfortable with the folks at Lakeside Courtyard, it was a good reminder of just how dangerous the Others are.

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