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The Wild Frontier Where Terra Indigene, Intuits, and Humans Mix It Up
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2019
This captivating story from the world of The Others focuses on the town of Bennett situated in the Midwest near the Elder Hills with the nearby Intuit settlement of Prairie Gold. The main characters Jana Paniccia, Jesse Walker and her son, Tobias, Barb Debaney, and Tolya Sanguinati, were introduced in the Others #4, MARKED IN FLESH. This story runs concurrently with the timeline with some events from #5 ETCHED IN BONE so the catastrophic actions that occurred during the Great Predation when the Elders decided to brutally thin the human herds have just happened a short time ago.
The Elders are allowing Bennett to be resettled but run entirely by the terra indigene with Tolya Sanguinati as mayor and Virgil Wolfgard as the “snarly” sheriff. Jana Paniccia agreed to take a job as a deputy in this frontier town where life is much as it was back in the early frontier days. Many new people have come to take over the grim task of cleaning out the homes and businesses of the previous population that was totally annihilated by the angry Elders in response to the Humans First and Last created war. Every man, women, and child was taken out, only the Intuits who have been friends of the terra indigene survived in Prairie Gold. Many people are moving to Bennett, most of them good, but some very bad outlaws who want to take over the town have nefarious plans to overthrow Mayor Tolya and his terra indigene council. A new crop of villains, and for the first time they are Intuits, are shown in a negative light using their inborn skills to swindle humans. The Blackstone Clan of Intuits prey on those left alive by travelling the available railways. A former member of their clan has been hiding out in Prairie Gold for some years.
One group of settlers has with them a young blood prophet whom they rescued. More terra indigene are also moving into the area, regrouping after their own losses. Saul, a Panthergard, shows up with an unusual foster “nephew” of his own: a young man who has connections to the cassandra sangues that will intrigue fans of this series. Jana’s boss, Virgil, barely tolerates humans; he and Jana have quite a lot to figure out between them in order to work together without teeth biting or bullets flying. Sparks take wing in another way as Jana and Tobias Walker form an intriguing relationship as well as two other characters. Those of us who have wished for a bit more romance in this Urban Fantasy series will be pleased.
It is hard not to shake one’s head watching the people who never seem to catch on to the fact that the Elders will no longer tolerate bad humans. And Elder/terra indigene justice bites back in a fatal way. This tale took me on an intense and sometimes very emotional journey with these known characters and the new ones. It is thrilling and satisfying to be back in this creative and sometimes very scary world. Readers will be well pleased and very interested to see life from the perspective of this newly reformed frontier town and how its inhabitants cope with the new paradigm where humans have lost much of, and in some places, all of their autonomy. All the land is all wild country now.