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Written in Red: A Novel of the Others | [Anne Bishop]

Written in Red: A Novel of the Others

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Anne Bishop (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    kimbacaffeinate 03-13-14 Member Since 2014

    Coffee loving blog owner @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Books , audios, coffee and Dr.Who are my addictions

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    "Brilliant, breathtaking and world-building euphori"
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    In Written in Red, Anne Bishop spun a tale that unfolded before my eyes, and I quickly became immersed in this world, with its brilliantly fleshed out characters, suspenseful plot, humor, and tender moments. The residents within the compound are all supernatural characters we are familiar with, but Bishop portrays them in a refreshing way. She gave me a small-town story that quite frankly I never wanted to end. Each character was fleshed out from the humans to the elements. There were moments of discovery, laughter, fear and magic. We had villains to loathe and the overall danger that was a threaded throughout the tale was slowly revealed to us. The more I learned, the harder it was to stop listening. These characters especially the terra indigene became my friends. I cared for them, felt their emotions and wanted to bop them on the head occasionally.

    Alexandria Harris is the narrator, and once I settled in with her voice I began to appreciate how she gave each character their own unique tone, the subtle way her tone changed as the tension built. Her ability to capture and convey the characters emotions was effortless. Written in Blood is the kind of story that is almost impossible to put down. Be wary of just one more chapter, as you will soon find yourself lost within this world, unable to pull yourself back to reality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rachelle 04-15-13
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    "Everyone is unlikeable."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The characters are shallow; the reader isn't given any reason to care about them or like them, or root for them. The protagonist is a Disney princess; she's saccharine sweet and frightened (for a good cause, I should add) but shallow as a pond.

    I think the most distressing thing about the book is that it had SO MUCH POTENTIAL. The world is interesting, and the protagonists' powers are interesting. When a story has this much potential, and falls short, it's harder to deal with than if everything about the book sucked.


    Has Written in Red turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I won't read any follow-ups by the same author. At first, I appreciated the fact that the story is about a scared young woman trying to find sanctuary, and that the world isn't full of supernatural characters trying to mate with humans. But nobody in the story is, in any way, likeable, except perhaps one abused little wolf-boy.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Alexandra Harris?

    I didn't mind the narrator at all. I'd definitely listen to her again.


    Did Written in Red inspire you to do anything?

    Not purchase any more books by this author.


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    Captain Skurvy Queensland, Australia 04-23-13
    Captain Skurvy Queensland, Australia 04-23-13 Member Since 2008

    I like Fantasy & Science Fiction but not into Zombie. Due to Health issues, listen to Audiobooks/read ebooks where I can enlarge the print

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    "A fresh unique take on urban fantasy"

    In a world dominated by the Others (Terra Indigine), humans are the minority existing under a truce of sorts in select areas allowed by the Others. The Others are wary of Humans and vice versa.

    Meg Corbyn is a Cassandra sangue (Blood Prophet) and has run away from her keepers. Half-frozen, Meg stumbles into Lakeside Courtyard an Others compound in a human city which is beyond human law.

    Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard and head of the Others' compound in Lakeside, agrees to let her take the job of Human Liaison; who accepts human deliveries for the compound and sorts mail, even knowing she's hiding from something.

    The Others are not softened or even humanized in any way and make no apologies for the way they live.

    Thus begins a fresh unique take of an urban fantasy book with a compelling series of suspenseful plots to keep you listening well into the night

    I love this book, Anne Bishop makes you live in her characters skins, laugh with them, cry with them and die with them.

    Written in Red's characters are interesting and relatable and Anne has created an amazingly detailed world that's intelligently written, incredibly creative, and will have you forcing yourself to put it down.

    if you like alternate worlds, urbane fantasy, or fantasy you will love this book

    If you like the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, or a story that has a new, totally fascinating take on Shapeshifters, Vampires and Elementals, get this book

    If you grown tired of most Paranormal books, because they mostly use the same overused elements over and over again get this book.

    You won’t be disappointed.

    The narration is excellent

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-15-13
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    "A New Series from Anne Bishop"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Written in Red to be better than the print version?

    I have to confess the audio version of books forces me to 'read' every single word, instead of speed-reading through the print version. It prolongs my time in this new world. That said, I will still purchase the paper copy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Meg Corbyn. She was in some ways very knowledgeable and adaptable, yet in other ways terribly innocent and trusting. It was an interesting combination.


    Have you listened to any of Alexandra Harris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I know of.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Simon's flareup in the hospital, while Meg was being treated for her injuries. Did it indicate some deeper feeling for Meg, or was it merely a reaction to her blood? I'm hoping for option one...


    Any additional comments?

    Anne Bishop is a wonderful writer; I hope to see more of this series. Although I hope to exhibit more control next time - I listened to it straight through, and didn't finish until about 8:30 a.m. the next day. So no sleep but a great story...seems like a fair tradeoff!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria 07-01-14
    Victoria 07-01-14
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    "Written in Red Crayon"
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    This book stunk worse than Meg's stinky orange hair. The writing in terrible, the reader is terrible. The author's "wonderful world-building" comes from a first grade class with names like Howling Good Reads--"OK, class, what would be a good name for a bookstore owned by a werewolf?" A Little Bite, Meat and Greens. Not since the Host's Heal, Clean, and Seal have there been such clever and thought provoking names. And she says them over, and over, and over, and over and over. And over. I have an idea for a name for Asia Crane's TV show: Asia Crane must Die. I just wanted her to die because she was so annoying, AND she wanted to be an actress, not because she is the rat that let in all the f-bomb dropping soldiers and tried to poison the ponies' sugar cubes--although I sympathize with her there. I felt like the whole place was a ski lodge for ridiculous monster animals. They wanted to destroy all the humans to protect the main character because she delivered their mail, and gave them sugar cubes and a cheesy green scarf with snowflakes on it. The big bad werewolfies fight over the dog cookies she keeps in her mail room. This story is so incredibly dumb. I can't believe I spent so long waiting to see if it would get better. My brain is also sweating on the inside. I only got this book because of the many unjustified good reviews--from listeners that must have confused this book with a better one--and I'm waiting for more Jennifer Armentrout books. Don't make your brain sweat on the inside--like me and Asia Crane--and download something, ANYTHING else.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patsy G. 04-27-14
    Patsy G. 04-27-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A very nice surprise"

    Not my normal genre , but I found I really really liked it! A story of a young girl who is a blood profit who escapes her bonds to find a home among the others. Very good writing and great narration.

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    James 04-07-13
    James 04-07-13 Member Since 2014
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    ""Loved It""

    This is a superb story, very well written and narrated.
    My only problem is I now have to wait for the next book.

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    Christina 10-02-13
    Christina 10-02-13 Member Since 2005
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    What would have made Written in Red better?

    The story needs no improvement, but the narration is terrible. It really needs a different reader.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There are many elements at play in this story. First, it's a 'revised history' paranormal. Although the author never comes out and says so, the story clearly takes place on earth and in North America. But things have developed differently, with the 'others' or paranormal beings as we would call them, being the first and most dominant species. So there's some fun in recognizing the locations and in wrapping your mind around the way things are different. In this version of earth, humans are the outsiders, and the others are neither good nor bad. They are true to their nature, and their nature is predatory. The author is always very clear about that - no sparkly vampires or werewolves here. And yet, I was firmly on their side every time. They find humans useful and are willing to tolerate them provided the boundaries are understood.

    Humans are not portrayed as all evil, either. Yes, the antagonists are human here, but we are introduced to several human characters, chiefly on the police force, who respect the others and understand why things are they way they are. These characters are, in turn, respected by the others. You get the impression that the two sides could make a heck of a good team when their interests are aligned.


    What didn’t you like about Alexandra Harris’s performance?

    I've read the printed copy, and it's a favorite story. I can't wait until the next one in the series comes out. I enjoyed it so much that I bought this audio version within just a month or so of reading the book. I was left disappointed. This is a story with strong paranormal and horror elements, but Alexandra Harris does not do it justice. Her voice, inflection, etc. made it sound like she was narrating a children's book. She would probably be a very good narrator for children's books, as her voice does put me in mind of a kindergarten teacher, but she's not right for this book. As much as I would like to encourage others to read this excellent book, I would also discourage anyone from making this audio version your first introduction.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Written in Red?

    I wouldn't cut anything. The pacing is very good, and each scene was drawn for a reason.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Briannon Aurora, CO, United States 03-11-13
    Briannon Aurora, CO, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Enthralling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. The story is riveting. The character of Meg and her interactions with the predators surrounding her are particularly engaging. The narrator's performance feels unforced and makes this the kind of audiobook experience that showcases the medium.


    What other book might you compare Written in Red to and why?

    The Daughter of the Blood has a similar predator-interaction bent.


    Have you listened to any of Alexandra Harris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me tear up once or twice, but I don't remember truly crying. I know I smiled a great deal.


    Any additional comments?

    It kept me up at night and I listened clandestinely at work. This book is addictive.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Brown Valparaiso, IN, US 02-13-15
    Cathy Brown Valparaiso, IN, US 02-13-15

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    "just terrific"

    this story is so different from anything else out there.....the characters are so real ........so believable and likable. ....the story is engrossing. ..I've read and listened to it at least 6 times .....the narrator is perfect...different tones and sounds for each character that are perfect for each one.......I'm not going to describe this story, just get it and read it...you won't be disappointed. ...there is a satisfying end to this story ,but you'll want to read the next one too. ....it's also terrific. .........I'm hooked on this world and the wonderful different characters in it.

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