Series: The Others #1
Published by Penguin on March 5th 2013
Number of Pages: 512
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban
Purchase: At Amazon
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.