My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I'm still very much enjoying this series as the humans and Others learn to co-exist, and Etched in Bone, the finale of the Meg and Simon story, will be appreciated by fans of the first four books. My only quibble is the names. Nicknames are all well and good in the real world, but can be confusing in a novel, especially when you have characters whose names are similar--Sierra and Sissy, Clarence and Cyrus and C.J. and Simon and Sam and Skippy and so on. One character is called Cyrus by some, Jimmy by others, and if the reader has to stop and ask--"Wait, who's that again?" it becomes too much like reading War and Peace.
However, we still have humans described by wolves as "exploding fluffballs", Elder Gods who learn how to ask for cookies, communities cautiously coming together, and an interspecies romance. It's an entertaining excursion into the paranormal and a world where humans are not the apex predators, and I look forward to the next story in another part of this well-crafted universe.
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