Library Journal Review
After the uprising from the Humans First and Last movement left the Others with no choice but to take action, there is tentative peace in Thaisia; the Elders now must decide if they should allow any humans at all in their lands. The Courtyard where -Simon Wolfgard and Meg Corbyn live is their test case. The Elders watch Meg and her "human" friends and wait to see if they can be trusted. Into this fragile blend comes a dangerous man accustomed to taking what he wants and using everyone around him. While Simon and the Others who live at the Courtyard would prefer to take care of him their own way (teeth and claws would do the job), the Elders want to wait and see what happens. The world of the Others is as compelling as ever, but this particular entry seems to be spinning its wheels a bit. -VERDICT While the human vs. Others conflict was mostly resolved in Marked in Flesh, the long-unresolved romantic tension between Simon and Meg remained. Fans will be pleased Bishop finally has the pair addressing their feelings.-MM © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
In the aftermath of the human slaughter of the shifters and the devastating response by the Terra Indigene guardians, the Elders argue about what to do about the remaining humans. Lakeside Courtyard has emerged as an example for other communities in which humans and the Terra Indigene coexist. Some of the Elders visit, to observe and learn what they can about humans. Meg Corbyn and Simon Wolfgard remain at the center of the story, negotiating their own relationship as they work to maintain peace between the shifters and the humans. When Lieutenant Montgomery's abusive grifter brother, Cyrus, shows up, they'd just as soon send him packing, but the Elders ask that he be allowed to remain so they can see how the community handles a human predator. This, unsurprisingly, leads to tensions rising as Cyrus tries to lie and steal his way to easy luxury, and learns that shifter law is enforced rather differently than human law. The small struggles of the Lakeside community have increasingly wide-ranging effects, and even Meg and Simon's relationship has larger implications for this world and it is, ultimately, a hopeful story, in which cooperation and community make all the difference.--Schroeder, Regina Copyright 2017 Booklist