I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again for anyone who may be new to my reviews for this series: I absolutely love this world and each book that offers a larger glimpse into it.
The breakdown of the series is a bit wonky. The first five books follow the Lakeside Courtyard and largely the same cast of characters. These are called The Others. There are now two books set in the same world but in different towns. They are both books six and seven in The Others and books one and two in The World of the Others. I’d recommend starting at the very beginning with Written in Red but you could probably start with the first World of the Others book and be mostly okay but you wouldn’t know some references.
Wild Country is set in a town called Bennett that shares a border with the wild country where the Elders live. All human inhabitants were previously wiped out by the Elders due to bad behavior from humanity as a whole. Now the town is being rebuilt with humans, the Others, and rules much more strict than before.
My absolute favorite thing about this series is how Anne Bishop explores intricate parts of relationships and interactions between humans and the Others. It’s like she gets into the mind of vampires and shifters of all kinds (wolf, crow, panther, etc.) and so beautifully brings their individual qualities to your attention. This series is especially great for fans of fantasy, urban fantasy, and dystopian genres.
Wild Country will be out on March 5, 2019. I was given a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.