Saturday, March 19, 2022

Review: Crowbones by Anne Bishop


Crowbones (The Others #8) by Anne Bishop
Publication Date: March 8th 2022 by Ace
Pages: 384
Source: Publisher 
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My Thoughts:
We’re back with Vicky at The Jumble in Sproing after the last book centered around the people and events in the town of Bennett. Vicky’s inn is up and running with guests and she has some of the Crowguard working/staying with her to assist. As usual there are a few humans making trouble, tainting minds and capturing the attention of The Others, and not in a good way.  Some people just never learn. Vicky and her friends must tread carefully so they don’t get between a deadly Hunter looking to weed out the bad.

I’ve loved The Others series from the beginning and so I was excited to get another glimpse into life in Sproing and catch up with Vicky, Wayne Grimshaw, Julian, Ilya and the rest of the Lake Silence crowd.  Vicky seems to hold a similar position in the stories as the books that centered on Meg. A human that captured the attention and hearts of the The Others, meriting their protection. I will say that Meg and Simon’s books continue to be my favorites of the series. Vicky is likable, but I feel the newer stories don’t hold that same special place in my heart.  I think part of that has to do with the fact that there’s no clear romance here. I think Julian is meant to be the love interest for Vicky, but I honestly think she has more chemistry with Chief Grimshaw. Don’t get me wrong, these newer stories are exciting and captivating, as well, and I eagerly look forward to every new installment!  The story wrapped up nicely, but there’s definitely room for more!

4 Stars

Book Description:

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--


  1. Fantastic review! These later books jump around between towns and characters which makes it harder to stay connected. Without the slow-burn romance, it's harder to see an overall story arc for this part of the series. Every book has stupid humans and mysteries to solve. We are learning more about the different types of Others. Still that may not be enough layers. I'd like to see a story arc about the blood prophets and how they are learning to live, prophesize without cutting and that sort of thing. Meg would be more a part of that and help tie things together better. But we will see what happens next.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  2. Nice review, Rachel. It's too bad these later books aren't as special as the earlier books. but I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  3. I was glad to be back at The Jumble for this one. I kind of like the fact that there isn't a lot of romance in these newer books. Great review!

  4. Great review! I'm glad you liked this one!

  5. What a great review you have here. I think I would be driven crazy not having a clear feeling of where the romance was and with whom. lol I am happy it worked for you so well though.

  6. I loved this one, too, and the murder mystery was fun in this setting. Now, that is an interesting idea to ponder- Grimshaw and Vickie... ;)

  7. I have this one ready and waiting and excited to get started. While I've enjoyed all the World of The Others books, I do agree that I don't have the same attachment to them as I do for the original Others series. The will they/won't they between Simon and Meg was perfection. :)