Title: Written in Red
Author: Anne Bishop
Series: The Others, #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: NAL (Imprint of Penguin)
Date Published: March 5th, 2013
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.
Written in Red is about a woman named Meg who is a cassandra sangue, aka a blood prophet. In her world, this is a very valuable commodity. After running away from her keepers, she stumbles upon the one place that might actually be able to protect her — if she doesn’t get killed by them first — the Courtyard. The Courtyard is the home of The Others — powerful shape shifters who see humans as nothing more than smart meat.
The great thing about Written in Red is…well, everything. Meg has a very sweet and innocent vibe to her and (in my opinion at least) she’s very hard not to like. The other characters are strong and likable, yet still dangerous and a bit scary. It’s strange to finally be reading a book where the monsters are actually monsters! They are pretty scary, especially if you get on their bad side, but also pretty badass of course. Even aside from the characters, the story is really interesting and kept me hooked. This world is one of the most interesting I’ve read about in a long time.
Really this was the perfect book to read to get me out of the reading rut I’ve been in lately. It’s captivating and will keep you on the edge of your seat. The constant threat was just the right amount of frightening and I wanted to get to know the characters even more by the time the book was through.
I don’t know what else to say without giving away too much. It’s a great book! I wish I would’ve picked it up sooner and I can’t wait until the next one comes in at my library. I would’ve happily jumped right into it if I could have gotten my hands on it.
P.S. Highly recommended for fans of the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning (or vice versa if you’ve read this and haven’t read those). Not because they are the same but because of the whole monsters who are monsters thing. The world’s in both are also very unique and unlike most other urban fantasy’s. I’m not going to say that I like this as much as the Fever series, but that’s only because the Fever series is very hard to live up to in my mind.
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