Wild Country

Wild Country

by Anne Bishop


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In this New York Times bestselling powerful and exciting fantasy set in the world of the 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 outlaw Blackstone Clan will either unite Others and humans...or bury them all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399587276
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Series: World of the Others Series , #2
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 16,193
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop is a winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award, presented by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, for The Black Jewels Trilogy. She is also the author of the Ephemera series, the Tir Alainn trilogy, and the Novels of the Others--including Etched in Bone, Marked in Flesh, Vision in Silver, Murder of Crows, and Written in Red. She lives in upstate New York.

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Anne Bishop / WILD COUNTRY

Chapter 1

Windsday, Sumor 25

Jana Paniccia followed the gravel paths through the memorial park. There were no cemeteries on the continent of Thaisia, no individual gravestones, no family mausoleums unless you were very rich. Cities couldn’t afford to waste land on the dead when the living needed every acre that they were grudgingly permitted to lease from the terra indigene who ruled the continent.

Who ruled the world. They had smashed and torn that harsh truth into humans around the world, and only fools or the blindly optimistic thought there was any chance of things going back to the way they had been before the Humans First and Last movement had started the war against the terra indigene here in Thaisia and in Cel-­Romano on the other side of the Atlantik Ocean.

Instead of gaining anything from the war, humans had lost ground—­literally. Cities had been destroyed or were no longer under human control. People were running to anyplace they thought could provide safety, thinking that the larger cities were less vulnerable to what the Others could do.

In that, too, humans were wrong. The destruction of so much of ­Toland, a large human-­controlled city on the East Coast, should have taught people that much.

But this wasn’t a day to think about those things.

Jana found the large flower bed with the tall granite marker in the center.

There were no graveyards, no gravestones, in Thaisia, but there were memorial parks full of flower beds and small ponds, with benches positioned so the living could visit with the dead. She looked down the double column of names carved into the granite until she found the two she’d come to see. Martha Chase. Wilbur Chase. The foster parents who had taken her from the foundling home and raised her as their own. There hadn’t been even a birth certificate left with her when the Universal Temple priests had found her on the temple doorstep. Just a printed note with her name and birth date.

All bodies were cremated and the ashes mixed with the soil in these flower beds, the names carved in the granite the only acknowledgment of who was there. Martha had loved growing flowers, and Pops had always tended a small vegetable garden in their backyard. Jana was the one who had no skill with the soil, no matter how hard she tried. She knew a rose from a daisy, understood the difference between annual and perennial, and, most of the time, had dug up weeds instead of flowers when she tried to help Martha tidy the beds.

You have other talents, Pops used to say with a laugh.

Other talents. Gods, she hoped so.

They had died in a car accident just a week after she’d been accepted into the police academy—­one of only three women to be accepted. She’d spent the first few months struggling with her classwork and the hostility of her classmates while traveling from Hubb NE to a village near the Addirondak Mountains to meet with the Chases’ attorney and take care of her foster parents’ estate. There wasn’t much. Martha and Pops had never been interested in things, but the sale of the house and furnishings was enough to pay off the school loans she’d taken out to attend a community college while she tried to get accepted into the police academy. It was enough to pay for the academy and living expenses. She’d been frugal, but if she didn’t get a job soon . . .

“Hey, Martha,” Jana said softly after looking around to make sure she was alone. “Hey, Pops.” She sat on the bench, her hands folded in her lap. “I graduated from the academy. The only woman who stuck it out. ­Martha, you always said I was stubborn, and I guess you were right. I have a meeting with the academy administrator next week. Hopefully it will be about a job offer. The gods know, every human community needs cops right now, and everyone else in my class has already been hired by towns in the Northeast Region, which lost officers last month because of the war. But I know there are positions that haven’t been filled yet because no one wants to take a job in a village stuck in the middle of the wild country. They say that’s just delayed suicide. Maybe they’re right, but I’d take that chance.”

She looked at the flowers growing in the bed and wished she could remember the names of some of them. “I came to say good-­bye. It’s getting harder and harder to purchase a bus ticket, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to get back here again. And if I’m hired—­when I’m hired—­I may be leaving in a hurry.” She paused. “Thanks for everything. When I get to wherever I’m going, I’ll light a candle in remembrance.”

Jana hurried through the park, gauging that she had just enough time to reach the bus stop near the park gates and catch the bus back to Hubb NE. She hoped that by this time next week she’d be heading to another town to do the only job she’d ever wanted to do.

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Wild Country 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
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Always a good read
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Anonymous 6 months ago
I can not get enough of Anne Bishop. I can't wait for another book. Amazing story teller that grips your mind and imagination.
Anonymous 6 months ago
It was good to visit Bennett again and learn more about the characters we had brief glimpses of in earlier books. A little disappointed that the “bad guys” were similar to ones we had seen in previous books. The interactions between the humans and terra indigene were great, as always, though. Hopefully we hear more from these characters.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Doesn’t disappoint, and I can’t wait to see if there will be more in this series.
Sailon 7 months ago
My full review will be posted closer to the publication date... That being said... Bishop masterfully writes a twisting tale that utterly ensnared me. White knuckle, riveting reading at its finest! Pulling the reader through the gambit of emotions, Wild Country and The Others Series truly delivers what I strive to find in every book I read. I see a re-read of The Others series starting now! I received this ARC copy of Wild Country from Berkley Publishing Group - Ace. This is my honest and voluntary review.
LynnLTX 7 months ago
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. The land is all wild country now.
Anonymous 16 days ago
Anne Bishop is one of my favorite authors. I eagerly await anything she writes. The Others is my favorite series after Black Jewels!!
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DebraSchwartz1971 3 months ago
Bennet is a city that is trying to come back after everyone was killed by the Elders. This time, the city will be run by the Others, with a mix of different types of humans and Others. This book can be read as a stand-alone, but I really enjoyed the references to characters from previous books. I liked the variety of characters, with different personalities, abilities, and viewpoints. I really hope Anne Bishop builds on Bennet, the way earlier stories built on Lakeview. I think my favorite duo was the wolfguard sheriff and his human deputy. It brought to together all the things that made them different, and all the things that brought them together.
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Caroles_Random_Life 4 months ago
This was another wonderful installment in a fantastic series. I have devoured each book in the series and eagerly look forward to each new installment. I had a digital review copy of this book but decided to go with the audiobook this time around and I think that it was a good choice. I was hooked by the story right away and had a hard time putting the book aside. I really enjoyed the experience of reading this book. This book takes place at the same time as some of the events are happening in Etched in Bone. There are some mentions of familiar characters but for the most part, this book tells the story of a new group. This book is set in the small town of Bennett where the town is led by the Others but humans are settling in and living alongside them. It is a big adjustment for everyone, especially the town's Wolfguard sheriff and human officer. I liked the characters in this book and really enjoyed the variety of the cast. Really, there is a little bit of everything in this book. There are regular humans, just about every kind of shifter that you could imagine, the vampire-like Sanguinati, blood prophets, and even a few close encounters with the Elders. There are even a couple of puppies worked into the mix which was a big plus for me. I thought that this book was pretty exciting I was eager to learn how everything would come together. There are some scenes that are pretty action packed but I also liked the quieter scenes that illustrated how everyone was working together to make the community work. The only complaints that I really had would be the stupidity of some of the humans and the fact the pack of wild dogs had to be dealt with as they were. This was the first time that I have had the chance to listen to the narration of Alexandra Harris. I thought that she did a great job with all of the different characters and their voices. She had a very pleasant speaking voice and was able to add some emotion into her reading. I really enjoyed listening to her narration of this book. I would recommend this book to others. This book does touch on a lot of things that occur in the first five books of The Others series so I would recommend that the series be read in order. I cannot wait to read more stories set in this wonderful world created by Anne Bishop! I received a digital review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group - Ace via NetGalley and purchased a copy of the audiobook.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This whole series has been amazing.
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Loved this book,love the characters!!
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I really enjoyed this addition to the series. An exciting, mesmerizing story.
TheGenreMinxBookReviews 6 months ago
If you have not read previous books from The Others series and are looking to, be warned that there are some minor spoilers ahead. Some of the main characters from Wild Country were introduced in book four of The Others series, Marked in Flesh, as are the settings of the Intuit settlement, Prairie Gold, and the then human controlled town of Bennett. This story actually shares a timeline with Etched in Bone and takes place shortly after the war that had erupted between the humans and terra indigene in which many humans in Thaisia and Cel-Romano were annihilated. Now there are places throughout Thaisia that are being resettled but the rules have changed and resettlement for humans is a very controlled affair. In this story, not everyone was thrilled about the idea of letting humans back into Bennett, which created a lot of friction between the characters. There were many terra indigenes who were still feeling quite raw from their losses at the hands of the humans from the Human First and Last movement. Despite the tension, Tolya Sanguinatti was trying to repopulate Bennett with the kind of humans the terra indigene desired but given that there were only so many places that people could go, there were going to be some undesirable people who would try to infiltrate the town. With all the new personalities trying to find their place in the booming town, the townsfolk and terra indigene alike were hard pressed to spot the true danger that a certain group presented until it was almost too late! What I love about this series, and is completely illustrated in Wild Country, is the relationships between characters! They are slow building, filled with push-pull trust issues but oh so satisfying. I loved the interactions between Sheriff Virgil Wolfguard and his new deputy, Jana Paniccia, their work relationship was tense but over time it became something endearing and encouraging. I also liked that Bennett had an old-time feel to it because communication between humans was restricted to letters, the townspeople had to use horses because the cost to run a vehicle was very prohibitive, the only travel that was accessible to humans was by train, and there was a saloon with employees who dressed in old west period costumes. It gave the story a real wild west flavor and added interest. Overall, there was so much to enjoy in Wild Country, it is the kind of book that once you finish reading it you will want to just pick it back up again. I highly recommend you get a copy today! This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Penguin Random House. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
Anonymous 6 months ago
It's not long after Namid's teeth and claws wiped out huge swathes of humanity in Thasia as retaliation for the slaughter of the Wolfgard and other shifters. Bennett is a small town close to the Wild Country, run by Toly Sanguinati there is a small population of terra indigene (non-humans) and a Wolfgard sherriff. Jesse Walker is the unoffical leader of the nearby Intuit village (people with special skills like ESP or hunches), she tells Tolya that the towns need to get bigger, to replace those eliminated by the Elders, or it will stagnate and die. Accordingly Tolya opens up the land to a select group of people chosen by the Courtyard. But what Tolya and Jesse don't realise is that there is a viper in their midst, a wolf in sheep's clothing, and opening the town to settler will also bring outlaws and strife. Into the mix strides Jana Paniccia, a newly qualified police officer who can't get a posting anywhere, until a mysterious call tells her to travel to the Courtyard for a jobs fair. Now this human is assisting a hostile Wolfgard sheriff and learning about life on the edge of the Wild Country. I really enjoyed this book, it felt more accessible than the other books in the two series, maybe because it didn't flick backwards and forwards between seemingly unrelated people quite so much. Or maybe because the relationships were explained earlier? The only thing I found a little confusing was that I couldn't really tell who was the focus of the novel, I assume it was Jana but she felt a little off-centre. Also, I get this is fantasy rather than romance but the romantic leads seemed a little blurred, almost as if the relationship between Jana and the sheriff was of more interest than the instalove. Anyhoo, this is like saying there are too many toppings on my ice-cream - a nothing complaint. I loved it and can't wait for the next one, although I think there are more stories to tell in Bennett.
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