Wild Country by Anne Bishop

In this powerful and exciting fantasy set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Others series, humans and the shape-shifting Others will see whether they can live side by side…without destroying one another.

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.

Summary from Goodreads

When I first heard that Wild Country was coming out this year I could not contain my excitement. I enjoyed Lake Silence and The Others series, so I was pretty sure I would enjoy this one.

I have to say, I did enjoy it. I did. But, a large part of the story seemed like it was going backwards, filling in blanks from some of the other books, or looking at other parts of Thasia after the war between some of the humans and the terra indigene. In this sense, the plot felt like it went backwards to an extent, or at least the relationship between the terra indigene and humans took a step backward to how it was before, or even a worse state. The relationship between characters reverting to a previous state or worsening is not necessarily a sign of bad writing, so please don’t think that I am criticizing Bishop’s story-telling skills. It was just that, personally, I was slightly disappointed of the direction of some points of the plot. Because of this, when I say I enjoyed Wild Country, I did, but I enjoyed Lake Silence much more, as a whole.

Other than that, I did enjoy the characters and the story. The relationships between the terra indigene and the citizens of Prairie Gold and Bennett are always interesting to read. I thought the way Bishop brought the humans to Bennett and the various connections she made between characters and previous characters from other books was really neat. I really like her writing. It has an easy flow, and her grasp of worldbuilding is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. I could read Anne Bishop writing about taxes, especially if its taxes set in the world of The Others.

Certainly, if another book in this series were to come out, I would still be one of the first in line to read it.

What did you think of Wild Country?

*Originally posted on previous blog on April 3, 2019

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