• Crowbones

  • The World of the Others
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (873 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2022 Anne Bishop (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"A compelling exploration of manipulative personalities, small town murders, and the lengths to which these fascinating and beloved characters will go in order to protect one of their own."—Library Journal

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Great characters, suspenseful story set in the intricate world of the Others

Book 3 in the the World of the Others series, I’d recommend reading at least Lake Silence (book 1 of the series) first as that is where many of the main characters here are introduced. Also reading Wild Country (book 2) as well as the original Others series books would help fill in on world building and additional characters.

I love the mix of suspense and sometimes dark humor that plays off the unique world and characters of the Others the author has created. The narrator does a good job creating different voices, and a great job telling the story, to the extent that l often forgot there even was a narrator—which is exactly what I’m looking for. Both the story and the narration ensured I stayed deeply engaged throughout, and I can guarantee this is a story I’ll be listening to again. In fact, I suspect I’ll be going back to start a re-listen of all the books in both series in the near future.

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excellent story

love this author and narrator. I had a lot of fun with it. I highly suggest this and anything Others.

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The Others

Great story,, fits well with the other books in series. I love the Others series, I now own them in several formats.

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Awesome new world books

Anne Bishop has created some of the best alternate world books I’ve read in a long time I highly recommend this series from start to finish.

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FINALLY!

I've missed this series since the last installment in 2019. Thank you for continuing the story as the characters have become old friends.

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Lucky I found out it was already out!

Lucky I found out it was already out!
I love it!! And the whole series ❤️

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Excellent story and superb reading

Love this production! Highly recommend this reading of Crowbones. It’s a great story. The author brings the character to life.

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Looking forward to more

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!

As usual Alexandra Harris does a wonderful job with all the characters. I listened at my normal 1.5x normal speed.

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Yikes not good

I typically love this author. Was quite disappointed very juvenile. The reader had a distracting cadence.

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It was ok

I think the story is on par with the first story about this “world of the others” settlement, which I read. Since I am doing stuff lately if I’m not sleeping, but still wanted to “read” the book, I bought the audio version. The reader was kinda “meh” for me.
She differentiated very well between different speakers, which seems very difficult to do, so maybe I’m being picky, but almost every voice spoke their dialogue as if they were angry. A lot of the charm of these books is the implied relaxed, slow drawl that many species have when discussing things that are not immediate life or death situations, especially with the dry humor regarding non-human eating habits. Or if they are species that are quick and curious, they still aren’t actually angry sounding. I will probably purchase the kindle version of this in a few years when I want to “re-read” this.

I did really enjoy the reader’s Sanguinatti accent and performances for each character in that species, so if there is a ever a full cast performance of any of these books, I feel the reader really gets those characters and maybe should be cast.

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  • Misty
  • 03-28-22

Great fun

This series gets more and more enjoyable just like the original Others series. Once again Vicky is in trouble and her crowgaurd friends protect her.

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  • 03-25-22

Another brilliant read

I am really enjoying the world of the others and can't wait for the next one. Absolutely brilliant series

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  • Chrissy’s Book Shelf
  • 03-15-22

Even Predators Have Their Scary Stories

This the 3rd book set in the World Of The Others, which follows on directly from The Others series, which is comprised of 5 books. At the very least you need to read the 2 other books from The World Of The Others before reading this book in order to understand it and it’s preferable to read The Others series first because it establishes the background and history and some of the characters. There is no cliffhanger to this book, but I’m always left wanting more from this world so prepare to be sad at the end that you might be in for a longish wait for the next book in the series to be written and published.

This book revisits Vicki in The Jumble, which is set in Sproing by Lake Silence. The Jumble has been taking paying guests for a few months now and things are going well. Vickie’s role as Reader for the local Terra Indigenes has given her a protected and treasured role in her local community and stories of her antics have travelled much wider. Because of the wide range of Terra Indigenes who make The Jumble their home, Vickie’s resort has received a lot of attention, especially from academics who wish to encounter the Terra Indigenes in a safe(ish) way. For Trickster Night Vickie makes the mistake of telling the Crows about the human tradition of trick or treat and ends up hosting a party filled with academics, tourists and two of Julian’s friends. All the Terra Indigenes throw themselves into using their half-forms to scare the locals, but only a little bit.

On Trickster Night everything is going well until there is a knock on the door from someone no one is expecting, that’s enough to strike terror into even the Terra Indigenes. That knock on the door starts a series of events that quickly spiral into a sequence of murders that no one can unravel.

I love this series so much. The world building is superb and it’s so rare to see this kind of world where the predators are in charge and that’s not a bad thing. The world order is up in the air with no one able to predict how the humans and the Terra Indigene are going to interact and what is going to a positive or negative experience for either group. I love that there are levels of predator with the least scary being the vampires and the shifters, who are the ones with the most contact with the humans and therefore able to understand the humans the most, but even they find the humans quite baffling much of the time.

Vickie is a interesting protagonist because she’s not really bright or a good fighter, she’s not sexy or talented. However, she is kind and determined to do the right thing. She has a moral core and she applies her ethics across species. She makes mistakes, is sometimes foolish, gets lost easily and is completely unable to cook. She loves books and crime shows and shares that love with the Terra Indigene. Her foolish adventures make her antics entertaining to the Terra Indigene but it is her welcoming nature and open hearted embrace of the individuals of The Jumble and Sproing that really have gained her loyalty from the predators that surround her.

The other characters that surround Vickie are probably slightly more predictable as protagonists, with Grimshaw the steely-eyed cop, Ilya Sanguinati, the handsome and ruthless leader of the local Shadow of Vampires and Julian the local bookshop owner who has a psychic gift and a tortured past. The supporting characters are all wonderfully engaging and intriguing and I especially love the Crowguard with their inquisitive ways.

On top of the wonderful world building and fabulous characters the storytelling is fantastic. The author lures you along, page after page, chapter after chapter until you realise you are at 5am and you have a crick in your neck and your eyes are burning. The plot is complicated and intriguing and I relished every minute of it. The exploration of nature of the fear and application of psychological manipulation is particularly intriguing.

The narrator, Alexandra Harris, is the same one utilised for the rest of the series and The Others Series, so if you have listened to her work before this book you have a good idea of what to expect. She does a good job of conveying the nature of characters she narrates and you have few doubts about who is speaking when. The first book in The Other Series I experienced was the audio version and I was hooked by the unique style of narration, which is slightly stylised in a storytelling sing-song tone in parts. It matches the style of writing really well and I think it enhances the experience of the reading the novel. I recommend listening to the audio version of this book and the preceding ones.

This is a fantastic addition to the series and I highly recommend it.

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  • 03-10-22

Great Story

Loved this story with it's twists and turns in it.) I enjoyed the character development as the story unfolds.

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  • Katie J. Johnson
  • 05-06-22

Loved it

I loved this book. It is my favorite in the series so far, and I want more adventures with Vicki and Crowbones. I listen to this book every month. I have copies in kindle, hard cover and audible so I can read it whenever I want. Listen to Lake Silence first if you haven’t tried this series before.

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  • Bigpallooka
  • 03-14-22

Great addition to the series!

Exceptional and unique world building well supported by interesting characters. Narrator is quite good with occasional pronunciation that may be regional. If you have enjoyed the rest of this companion series you should also enjoy this.