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.
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The author builds a world that is detailed and unique. A fresh addition to the urban fantasy landscape. The society of the others is rich iwith unforgetable characters. A history steeped in lore, violence and mystery..
The climatic storm and how it impacts each character.
At first I thought her voice too timid, but I realized that that voice worked for Meg and gained assurance with the character. As more characters were introduced Alexandra Harris gave each character a unique vocal personality.
The Others rule this world, human enter, if you dare!
Favorite Genres: Urban/Preternatural Fantasy, Science Fiction, Knitting Favorite Story Components: character development, under-dog success stories
The narration didn't get in the way of the story, and the voice was not unpleasant. It was not a stand out performance, but neither was it a detraction.
On to the story. One of the big paradoxes of the horror genre is that if the monsters are as bad-ass as they're written, their failure to openly rule the world requires a lot of handicapping. Ms. Bishop avoided the paradox by building a world ruled by the monsters. I found it pretty interesting, and mostly well thought out.
There were some stylistic choices that were off the beaten track which might cause some minor irritation for a person who prefers the more regular stylings, such as an investigator's backer who is only ever referred to as "Mr. Big Wig". I think going in with the expectation that the styling of the story will be different may improve the listening experience.
All in all, I found it quite enjoyable and finished it (all 18 & 1/2 hours) in a day and a half because I really didn't want to stop hearing what came next. I look forward to more in the series, if only to see what comes next with Meg and Sam (Simon's nephew).
I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
Really enjoyed this one. I'm a fan of Anne Bishop and have a few reviews on her Black Jewel series so this was a refreshing new story that's a bit more on the PG-13 side than her normal R rating.
Meg Corbyn in a Cassandra sangue, or a "blood Prophet," who escaped from her keepers where she was known as cs759. Meg is a cutter, or rather, by breaking her skin she has visions so she has a special razor and everything. What they did to her is why she left and found refuge with the Others, who in this world are like Native American spirits gone feral wolf/hawk/crow/owl or vampire. These supernaturals don't play nice but are out an about in society so they live in a special secluded place in each city where humans die if they breach the boundaries. Instead of being killed, Meg, dirty and rough from her escape, is offered a liaison job by the local Alpha-type named Simon.
This book is wonderful. The world-building talent of Bishop creates something new that this paranormal listener hasn't heard yet which is saying something. In all paranormal books they say the supers are bad but you never really feel the threat - not like in this book. Bishop conveys the creepy well. Bravo. As for Meg, she's sweet, almost overly so, but she's lucky she's not a robot after how she was raised so it's acceptable.
(SPOILERS) I suppose I kept waiting for a romance to blossom and that it didn't... at first it put me off and then I found it refreshing. Because we all expect the lead girl and guy to hook up. That they develop something but not fully was a nice change. Also, I liked the lead villain because it was a fresh-though-not-quite-new take on the antagonist role. The Deus Ex Bad Guys at the end though... well I suppose it worked story-wise but if I'd written something similar in college my professor would probably call me on it.
Very well done, very well read as well by Harris. 5 stars.
This was a rocking good time from the first words out of the narrator's mouth... As always I try not to give too much away but I seriously hope that the author gets the lead out and another book comes soon!!! There is So much, TOO much story and characters left to explore!!!
I saw this book while wasting time at Barnes and Nobles. I picked up two books to take a look at and start reading. One was Cinder (which was also a great book) the other was this one. I can not express how fantastic this book is. I have been reading a lot of fantasy books the last couple of years. Written in Red blows most of them out of the water. It is a new take on the same old stories.
First it is interesting how all of the "super natural" are banded together in this book. I also loved the idea that the humans were granted theier land and tolerated by the "others" as a means to new toys. The others distaste of the monkeys and willingness to use them as special meat without blinking was rather refreshing. No brooding vampire hating who he was and just wanting to be loved.
Meg was a nice mix of strength and nieveness. She was willing to stand up to the "others" and yet was unable to use the most simplest house hold item. Her strength and willingness to stand up to them made for some enjoyable/funny moments in the book. Perftect example is trying to take food away from a wolf. At first you think so what no big deal, but than you remember they take peoples hands for trying to steal a book from them. She also shows just how smart she is in the way she deals with some of the others. From finding ways to make friends with them, to finding ways to get what she wants like a simple pen.
I normally like single person views for a book, but this was rather enjoyable having all the different peoples perspectives. It head to understanding what these well written and engaging characters needed, wanted, and why they do what they do.
I thought it was also a very honest view when the police wanted to help the others. They weren't doing it to make friends or be heros. They were doing it to keep the humans safe from the others. Who in general left humans alone until they stepped over the lines written out for them by the others. The others also some what fit the punishment to the crime. You go over the fence as a young and dumb kid you get thrown back over scared and mostly undamaged. You come over the fence with a gun you are dinner. You steal a book you loose a hand. You do it again and you won't leave.
Anne also did a good job at making you like the scary monsters who just ate a human without a second thought. The love, caring, and frustration Simon and the others showed toward Sam made them endearing. It also made you understand why they dislike humans so much.
I got done listening and immedietly went back on line to find out when the next one comes out. Sad to say it just came out a month ago so I have a long wait a head of me. I will deffinetly have to check out more books by Anne Bishop in the mean time.
I LOVED this book! The world building, well-developed characters, action, and tender moments kept me eager for more. This book grabbed me, made me care about the characters, and just wouldn't let me go. I didn't really want the book to end. I would check to see how much time I had left, and was sad when it started running out. It was THE BEST journey a book has taken me on in at least a year, and I was so happy I got it.
This is definitely worth your money, credits, and time. Take a chance on it! I'm so very glad I did!
Great story, new and interesting, no slow spots. Loved it.
new sort of story, great made up words.
I did, her voice suited the story well and she spoke the characters nicely.
Made me laugh out loud often.
I love to read... love to listen while I walk my dog, Sally Jo.
What a unique and extraordinary book. I loved the characters, so different from other "magical" creatures. Miss Bishop really thought though each and every chracter, and didnot faulter in her descriptions of the details. I have an hour left, and I am sad it will end. Will try some of her other books.
Great new series and world from Anne Bishop
At first I was not sure if I was going to like her because she was kinda monotone but then I realized that was the character. She also makes the males sound like males not just like a woman lowering her voice.
Yes and almost tempted to listen to again right away.
I was worried that I would not like this new series like I loved Anne Bishop's previous series, not sure why I was worried totally enjoyed the story and the dark silly humor.
This was my first Anne Bishop book and I am going to race out and buy as many others as I can find. There is a thrill that comes when I discover a book and am immediately engrossed. My imagination was completely captured by the original, complex, and enthralling world, with fabulous characters, scary creatures, and plenty of drama and suspense. The finale was gripping and it will seem a very long wait for the next installment. I enjoyed the narration - the main character's voice was very girly, but that seemed consistent with Meg's innocence. One of my best purchases from Audible in a long time!!
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