Series: The Others #1
Published by Roc on March 5, 2013
Format: eBook, Hardcover
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Also by this author: The Black Jewel Trilogy, Etched in Bone, Marked in Flesh, Murder of Crows, Vision in Silver
Also in this series: Etched in Bone, Marked in Flesh, Murder of Crows, Vision in Silver
No one creates realms like New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop. Now in a thrilling new fantasy series, enter a world inhabited by the Others, unearthly entities—vampires and shape-shifters among them—who rule the Earth and whose prey are humans.
As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.
Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.
The world of the Others was so complex, but un-overwhelming, which was something a shocking surprise seeing as Written in Red by Anne Bishop is the first book in a high fantasy series.
Wow, wow, freaking wow! The author did such a superb job of explaining things within the fabric of the story. I was able to follow along without having to go back to certain parts of the story to refresh my memory on certain things. I’ll try to provide the gist of the Others without causing confusion and chaos; the humans are against the Others (Wolfgard, Sangunati, Elementals, Crowgard, Hawkgard, Owlgard, Beargard, Coyotegard, Panthergard, and etc.) and vice versa.
It wasn’t until both Montgomery, a police officer transferred to Lakeside because he killed a human to save an Other, and Meg, a blood prophet who escaped her ‘owners,’ shows up at the Courtyard, that the once set in stone barriers start to crumble making both the Others and some humans reevaluate their tolerance of the each other.
When I bought Written in Red back when it was on sale, NEVER did I imagine that I would’ve been held hostage and a willing captive to the magic weaved through these pages! I put everything on hold in my life just so I could read this book, the only accomplishment I achieved was making my very first banana pudding which became the main food featured while I was reading.
I really can’t narrow down what made Written in Red a winner for me. Maybe it was how every page, chapter, and paragraph seemed to enhance what the previous pages/chapters/paragraphs achieved, or it could’ve been the magnetism of needing to know what came next for these character (Simon and Meg especially). Sort of like you can’t just watch one episode of “The Walking Dead” without watching them all (the true definition of a bingeathon), this is how I felt while reading Written in Red by Anne Bishop, and why I immediately picked up Murder of Crows from my local library minutes after I finished.