Also by this author: Murder of Crows, Vision in Silver, Marked In Flesh
Published by Penguin on March 5th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Dark Fantasy, Fantasy, Fiction, romance
No one creates realms like New York Times best-selling 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.
Welcome to the world of The Others. Written in Red is the first book in Anne Bishops’s The Others series and I now understand the obsession so many readers have with this series. I’ll admit to never having read any of Bishop’s books before and I was turned on to the series a while back when the published sent me a copy of Vision in Silver. I had intended to dive right in at book 3 since I was told it could be read as stand alone but was advised by a fellow blogger that I really should start at book 1.
I’m so glad I took that advice. Not because I think I wouldn’t have liked book 3, but because Written in Red was just that good. Written in Red is narrated by Alexandra Harris and she knocks it out of the park, giving emotion and vigor to Anne Bishop’s words, she brings the story to life.
Written in Red is refreshingly original. Gone are the uber attractive Alpha males with their smoldering eyes. No, the Others are real predators and they will EAT you, as Simon often threatens. I adored Simon and Meg and their banter along with his threats to bite her. I can’t even begin to describe the dynamics of their relationship aside from that it was such a breath or fresh air. There is such a subtle hint at future romance that I’m damn near salivating for it.
Meg is on the run, she’s finally gotten away from the Controller but taking refuge with the Others isn’t exactly the sanest choice she could had made either when the Others are known for viewing the humans as “special meat”
Without a shadow of a doubt, Written in Red is a 5 Star listen and I can only image a 5 Star read as well.
Thus far, the Others consists of 4 titles, Marked in Flesh having recently released earlier this year in March. I’ve already listened to Murder of Crows so expect that review soon, and Vision in Silver as well as Marked in Flesh, are both waiting for me on my bookshelf. I can hardly wait!
Some of my favorite quotes…
“But what would they have said to their Liaison? It’s like this, Meg. We didn’t like that Asia Crane, so we ate her.
When dealing with humans, honesty isn’t always the best policy, Vlad thought”
“It was easier when all we wanted to do was eat them and take their stuff,” he grumbled.
And it had been easier when he hadn’t cared if he made any of them cry.”
:Most of the terra indigene didn’t want to love humans; they wanted to eat them. Why did humans have such a hard time understanding that?”
About the Author:
New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop is the winner of the RT Book Reviews 2013 Career Achievement Award in Sci-Fi/Fantasy. She is also the winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award for the Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel is Marked in Flesh, the fourth book in Anne’s urban fantasy series set in a re-imagined Earth. When she’s not communing with the Others, Anne enjoys gardening, reading, and music. Since you’re reading this, there’s no point in telling you to visit her website atwww.annebishop.com.