Today is another guest post from my resident fantasy fan. One of their favorite book series is the Anne Bishop “Other’s” series and so when the opportunity to read The Wild Country came up, I knew I had to get their thoughts!
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.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
The Wild Country book tells a harrowing tale of how little control the humans have left in a world ruled by the Others. The story is set in the frontiers town Bennett sometime around the 3rd and 4th book of the Others series. Anyone familiar with the main series will immediately feel right at home but that doesn’t mean that the book is only suitable for veterans of the series. It undoubtedly is nice to be able to recognise familiar names and places but not being familiar with it is certainly no deal breaker.
I enjoyed the Wild Country a lot more than the earlier book, Lake Silence. The story is more similar to the original series and meeting previously introduced characters is a pleasant bonus. Overall, the character development and interactions with the animal like Others is fascinating and Anne Bishop manages to create a beautiful tale of companionship and solidarity in the face of outside threats. It’s a must read for any fan of the series.