Sunday, February 20, 2022

Crowbones by Anne Bishop
The Others #8


Title: Crowbones
    Series: The Others #8, The World of the Others Series #3
Author: Anne Bishop
Publisher: Ace
Release Date: March 8, 2022

In this engrossing and gripping fantasy set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Others series, an inn owner and her friends must find a killer-before it's too late....
Crowbones will gitcha if you don't watch out!

Deep in the territory controlled by the Others-shape-shifters, vampires, and even deadlier paranormal beings-Vicki DeVine has made a new life for herself running The Jumble, a rustic resort. When she decides to host a gathering of friends and guests for Trickster Night, at first everything is going well between the humans and the Others.

But then someone arrives dressed as Crowbones, the Crowgard bogeyman. When the impostor is killed along with a shape-shifting Crow, and the deaths are clearly connected, everyone fears that the real Crowbones may have come to The Jumble-and that could mean serious trouble.

To "encourage" humans to help them find some answers, the Elders and Elementals close all the roads, locking in suspects and victims alike. Now Vicki, human police chief Grimshaw, vampire lawyer Ilya Sanguinati, and the rest of their friends have to figure out who is manipulating events designed to pit humans against Others-and who may have put Vicki DeVine in the crosshairs of a powerful hunter.

The Others is one of my favorite fantasy series ever!

The idea that beings that can appear human but are more like animals and that they are in control of the world and that humans need to learn how to survive in their world is just different. Meg and Simon's love story, if you can say that, was the best.

Crowbones is a continuation of this world but it could be considered book 2 of the Lake Silence storyline. 

I absolutely believe that you have to read Lake Silence to enjoy Crowbones as much as I did.

Vicki DeVine (human) is the owner of the Jumble, a resort that is as good as it can be after the Great Predation. Vickie is still dealing with being afraid of men since her ex-husband did a number on her self-confidence. She is working on getting better about it. 

Vicki is excited about throwing a party during Trickster Night. She has guests and friends coming over. Of course, everything goes wrong when someone comes by the door dressed as Crowbones and scares the Crowgard. A second later that person is dead and a shape-shifting crow is found murdered too. 

Officer Wayne Grimshaw (human) starts an investigation with the help of Julian Farrow (Intuit) and Ilya Sanguinati (vampire). 

They know someone is manipulating people to do harmful things but can they be manipulating Others too?

I gotta say, I was much more invested in this one because now I'm familiar with the main characters and their environment. 

Vickie and Julian's love story is moving -not fast- but moving along. Ilya and Natasha are now a couple.
The Elders make quite an appearance and the addition of Crowbones made this novel quite satisfying. 

Does Megan or Simon make a cameo in any way? 

I can't tell. My lips are sealed. 

Cliffhanger: No

4.5/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by Ace via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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