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.
In a reality where the Others rule and humans are ‘special meat’, humans dwell and prosper because the Others allow them to live in exchange for manufactured products. When Meg tries to hide from those who are chasing after her in a cold, stormy day, she sneaks into the Lakeside Courtyard, a district where the Others reside and human law does not apply. Believing that her only chance to hide from humans is to live among the Others, Meg decides to apply as the Human Liaison at the courtyard. Will the Others permit her to stay and give her a place to live?
In the eyes of many humans, the Others are powerful creatures that are ruthless, murderous and unreasonable. To Meg, she sees the Others differently. She finds them honorable, fun and trustworthy. Probably because of her unique upbringing, she sees the world in a very different perception than most humans but surprisingly, I didn’t find her view weird or awkward. I like that she is kind and friendly to all creatures living in the courtyard. While she may not understand the habits of the Others, she does not let that hinder her from fulfilling her job duties and making new friends. It’s quite a mystery why Meg doesn’t smell like human prey to the Others and when I learned the reason, I was dumbfounded. I guess there isn’t an easy way to discern what the villains are really after and while I could understand most motive and behavior in the story, I couldn’t help but wonder which race – human, shape-shifters, etc. – holds the most destructive power to annihilate all matters in the world.
If you’re looking for an urban fantasy that is not overly violent and sexual, look no further. Written In Red offers a riveting plot that has made me feel so attached to the characters that I could hardly put down the book before I went to sleep at night. While my favorite character is Meg, I like that the full cast of characters is diverse, with memorable secondary characters and believable adversaries. I also like that there is humor sprinkled throughout which makes the story even more pleasant and enjoyable to read. I choose not to talk about any of the shape-shifters because I know that once I start talking about them, I’d gush and give away too much info and you’d end up wondering why I wouldn’t stop or keep my mouth shut. 🙂
And, if you haven’t read anything by Anne Bishop, Written in Red may be a great book for you to start with. This is the first book in The Others series. The second book Murder of Crows will be released in March 2014.