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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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    Kaileigh 04-08-14
    Kaileigh 04-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    What did you love best about Written in Red?

    The characters (Meg in particular) are surprisingly endearing. I found myself beginning to care about her alongside the other characters in the story.


    Did Alexandra Harris do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narration is my only complaint. The writing style is interesting, but I fear it my not translate as well into an audio book. That said, once I got used to the writing style (and gave up hoping for better "voices") it was pretty enjoyable to listen to. There are times when the cadence of the narration is a little awkward, but easy enough to overlook.


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly, I started listening to this book on audiotape and lost interest in about 30 minutes. I was debating on whether or not to return it and decided to give it another chance. I'm very glad that I did! The character development and relationships didn't feel forced, in fact, I found that Meg grew on me as she did the "Others" in the story. There is a great amount of tension and conflict in the story, along with some mystery. There doesn't seem to be many black and white characters, more varying shades of grey--which I appreciate (certainly makes for a more interesting read).

    Anyway, if you find yourself wanting to give up on this story after the first few chapters, I would encourage you to give it another chance. I think it is worth it and soon became engulfed in the narrative.

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    C. L. Finch Seattle, WA 04-06-14
    C. L. Finch Seattle, WA 04-06-14

    I love action and suspense embedded in a good fantasy or mystery. Sprinkles of romance okay, but no erotica please.

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    "Fantastic!"
    Any additional comments?

    At last I found another new series I know I will enjoy! This book was excellent and the narration by Alexandra Harris perfect. I've finished all series by Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs,Jim Butcher, Illona Andrews, Kate Daniels, Charlaine Harris,Rachel Vincent, Suzanne Collins, Carrie Vaughn, Kelley Armstrong and was feeling a bit lost. I'm good now for another week at least! If anyone can recommend any other good series in the fantasy action genre I'd be eternally grateful! :-)

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    Janet Madison, WI, United States 03-27-14
    Janet Madison, WI, United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Must read."
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    Loved this book. I bought the second book as soon as I finished this one.

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    Angela Fitzgerald 03-27-14 Member Since 2012

    When I discovered Audible it was like discovering love :-) I love receiving codes and in return I post reviews. Wife, and mom of two,

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    "The Others"

    I had some difficulty trying to get into the story when I began. I actually stopped and decided to listen to another book. I sometimes find it helps me and then I picked it back up and started it over from the beginning.

    I started listening to the story again with an open mind and after the third chapter things went smoothly. I began to enjoy the story and was shocked because it was surprisingly good. I finished listening to it in one day, rather late at night.

    I did find the ending rather weird and can't see it becoming a series. The ending just felt like the story was over and there's no reason to go on and write another story about the Others.I don't know because there's a lot that can be made into another story. There is plenty of characters. I'm extremely interested in the majority of all the characters, especially the Elements and Tess.

    Bishop didn't disappoint. It was very enjoyable even though it took me to the third chapter to begin really enjoying it. She created some amazing characters and used great character development. Bishop has a vivid imagination and it shows with this book. I am looking forward to read/listen to the next book. I hope Bishop will write a story about each character with every book she writes in this series. I fear I may have a long wait. I highly recommend this story. If you happen to be like I was and don't think you like it, please get past the third chapter because I'm sure you'll discover as I did, that this story is wonderful and brilliantly written.

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    Sandra 01-20-14
    Sandra 01-20-14
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I would not recommend it. I found this book started off great and I was really getting into the story but then about midway it floundered. The last half of the book really needs a good editing. If all the unimportant details were removed (floor mopping, putting on boots and jackets, ordering and chewing meals etc) there would only be a few pages of story left. This could have been a great book, but I think the author ran out of time or got stuck and decided to fluff it up to make the word count. So disappointing in a 'best-selling author'. In addition, the narrator makes everything sound childish. I found it difficult to finish the story. I had invested so much time into it that I forced myself to hear it out, but it was an effort.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Anne Bishop? Why or why not?

    No. I know she has written a lot of books. Years ago I read a few of her series and thought I liked them, but I question that after this book. I expected a well written decent story and it did not deliver. If her work ethic allows her to publish something so poorly written, with basic story-telling technique and editing ignored, then I am not interested in reading anything else she has written.


    Did Alexandra Harris do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The characters were great in the beginning. Lots of potential - very little of it developed.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    NO.


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    DebaDeb Houston, TX 12-09-13
    DebaDeb Houston, TX 12-09-13 Member Since 2010

    Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.

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    "Yes! Yes! Yes!"

    It's been awhile since I read any of Anne Bishops books. I waited too long. Once I started Written in Red, there was no stopping. The next book in this series comes out March 4, 2014. I wish it was tomorrow.

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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 10-13-13
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 10-13-13
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    "Bishop brings another strang world to life"

    This series isn't quite as disturbing as some of her other books but it's very good. She brings the world and the characters to life. I can't wait for the next one. I hope we get the same set of characters. The plot was done really well.

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    Wendy 09-24-13
    Wendy 09-24-13
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    "Listened to it four times and still love it!"

    After reading the other reviews, it's about 50/50 on people loving it or leaving it. That's why I'm grateful for the return policy at Audible. I'm willing to take a risk. I have to say that I loved this book. The characters are interesting and I can't comprehend the imagination that could conceive of this story. The story slowly unwinds but as the characters' personalities emerge you are entertained by all their idiosyncrasies. Yes, there is much detail, but I prefer detail. The narrator is slower (but not painfully), and she has appropriate and believable voices for all of the characters, which I find to be rare among narrators. I love fantasy because the stress of a fantasy character's life stays with the story and it doesn't build in my mind and add to my own stress.

    I love how the author wove different people in all through the book, built suspense and then tied it neatly at the end so that you are not completely hanging while waiting for the next book (which I really hope will be as good as the first). I love Meg Corbyn's character because the author really made me feel like she was someone who never got to live a real life, and then made her evolvement believable. The way Meg looked at the world made me remember to try to treat people, all people, with kindness. She has no prejudice and it's inspiring.

    This book is not a romance, but there is a potential and a leading towards a romantic relationship between Meg and Simon. It is definitely not for audiences under 15 or 16 because of theme, but I think that all adults that enjoy fantasy would like this book.

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    Fay Seattle, WA, United States 09-21-13
    Fay Seattle, WA, United States 09-21-13 Member Since 2008

    I mostly listen to books while exercising, which pretty much explains all of the action/thrillers on my list.

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    "Set-up for a series"

    This book has some interesting premises, but the story isn't much. It just seems like the whole thing is setting the stage for this different world in which the author intends to set some real stories. I'll stay tunes.

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    Mistik palm springs, ca, United States 08-30-13
    Mistik palm springs, ca, United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "YA fantasy delight"

    YA Fantasy. 
    Amazon kindle label: Adult Dark Fantasy. 

    Written in red is a fantastic YA fantasy about a 24 year old blood prophet who runs away from those who are using and abusing her for her gift. She finds shelter among "The Others" who are natives to this land. 

    When I read PNR and Fantasy first in the series I look at the world and the world building and this has to be one of the best world building I have ever read. It is absolutely amazing what this Author was able to describe and it was so easy to visualize. 
    Another important thing is characters. Meg is good, sweet, lovely, innocent and tries her best not to be annoying. Unfortunately, she is also our heroine. Simon, is 30+ wolf shifter, who is interested in Meg. He is, also unfortunately, our hero. I think the narrator did a fantastic job with these two: Meg sounded like an Adult with squeaky annoying child voice and Simon always sounded like he is angry and out of control. He didn't speak, he just huffed and puffed and wanted to blow the house down.

    The secondary characters, however, were unforgettable and along with this awesome world, made this a likable book. Tess, the kick ass female whose origin is yet to be confirmed ( but I speculate) and the Elementals with ponies were my favorite. Winter! WoW. How cool was she?! I'm going to miss Winter. 

    Overall, I signed up to read Adult Dark Fantasy and what I received is a YA read neither dark nor Adult. There is no sexual tension whatsoever, but there is one sided romantic interest. Therefore, romance was shoved way back, even for a fantasy novel and as such I did not enjoy it as much as I could have. Nevertheless, I think the world and the secondary characters are worth the read and I recommend this to Adult Fantasy readers who are ok with reading YA. 

    Audio costumers:
    The narrator does a great job. There are lots of POVs and she is shifting back and forth. It was confusing and I didn't always know who is "talking" but I figured it our later as the story went. There was no other way to narrate this one since it's POVs are numerous. The audiobook is in 3 parts on my iPhone, so for over 18 hours of listening it's well worth the 1credit I spent on it at Audible.

    Audio transcription:
    If its beef, it will be a tolerable meal. If its chicken? Elliot shuttered.
    "What is the point of chicken?"
    "Eggs."

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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