Written In Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop

January 1, 2015 All Reviews, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy 6 ★★★★★

Written In Red (The Others #1) by Anne BishopWritten In Red by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #1
Published by Penguin on March 5th 2013
Number of Pages: 512
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Purchase: At Amazon
five-stars

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 whether she's worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

“Whatever rules humans have for employers aren’t my rules unless I say they’re my rules. So I can hire you even though you don’t have any idea what you’re doing, and I can fire you for having stinky hair!

This is one of my favorite authors, so when I saw she had a new series out I had to snatch it up. And I wasn’t disappointed! From the first page, I was hooked. I like the way she described the werecreatures and elementals. It’s a different take on something that is in a lot of fantasy books these days. The werewolf interactions and culture were especially unique, a hard thing to come by in paranormal books.

I also liked learning about cassandra sangue. Meg might come off as Mary Sue-ish to some people, because most of the Others end up liking her. However, the way it was done makes a lot of sense and didn’t strike me that way at all.

My favorite characters had to be Winter, Meg and Sam. I really liked the ponies too, even though they didn’t really have ‘speaking’ parts. I enjoyed reading about Tess, and hope to learn more about her kind of Other in the next books.

The book switches around POV to a lot of different characters, but you never feel lost about who is thinking or speaking. It could be considered a ‘cast of thousands’, but all of the people have rich personalities. They’re distinct to themselves, and don’t get mixed up with other characters.

There was a bloodthirsty edge to the Others, but it completely fit the world. There was also quite a bit of humor mixed into the book. I laughed out loud when Meg called the butcher and asked if they had any “special meat”.

I have already pre-ordered book 2, and highly recommend you read this series.

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6 Responses to “Written In Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    One of my 2015 goals is to catch up with a bunch of series and this is one of them! I enjoyed this one a lot more than the first book of Bishop’s Black Jewels series, which is the only other thing I’ve read by her and had absolutely no interest in continuing. It made me wary about this one, but I’m glad I read it because at least her UF seems to be more my thing.
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I love the Black Jewels series. The beginning of the first book was a bit slow, and I know lots of people who didn’t like the first chapter or two of it. But after that? The rest of the book just kind of sucks you in. Or at least, it did for me. I also like her Tir Alain books, which are really different from the Jewels books.

      I can’t wait to see what she does with this new series though! I hope we get to learn more about the Elementals, I really liked Winter and Spring seemed like she might be fun.

  2. Tabitha (Not Yet Read)

    See it didn’t strike me as Mary Sue-ish either! I read one particular harsh review naming her as such. Anyways I lived this one as well. She’s one of you’re favorite authors? I haven’t read anything by her other then this series which I am absolutely loving…So I definitely should read her other stuff!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      She has 3 other series. The Black Jewels books, the Tir Alain books, and the Ephemeria books. I like all of them, but all four series are really different from each other. Which is one reason I love her as an author. Black Jewels starts with Daughter of the Blood, and seems to be one of those you either love it or hate it. Very little middle ground. I do think the first chapter or so is a little slow, and not exactly the same tone as the rest of the book. And that’s usually what my friends hate, but if I can make them keep reading they get hooked.

      That was my favorite of her series before I read Written In Red.

      I saw a few reviews that practically screamed Mary Sue. And I suppose I can understand, but I think they must have been skim-reading to get to that conclusion. All the instances were explained about why the Others liked Meg better than the other humans.

    • SilvaraWilde

      Anne Bishop is one of my favorite authors, I have all 4 of her series. The Black Jewel books of hers used to be my favorite, but I think this new series is going to replace it as my #1 for her. I can hardly wait for book 2!

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