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
Probably not. Honestly, I did listen to it all the way through because I liked some of the characters and the premise of the book, but the writing was a stilted and over descriptive/repetitive a lot of the time. The narrator also wasn't the best.
I liked the idea of the story--a new twist (to what I've read) on old legends, but I got a bit tired of the references to peeing in the snow and repeated detailed descriptions of mundane things.
There were a few really strange pronunciation issues and definitely times with the narrator was speaking in one tone of voice for a character, but suddenly switched to another inflection in the middle of a sentence or thought (maybe the result of breaks and editing the audio?).
Wish the author had a better editor...
I like the story line. There's something about humanizing animals that is always entertaining. However, sometimes the narrator annoyed me.I feel like a lot of the characters lacked depth. I thought meg was sweet but kind of boring.Nonetheless I'll probably read the rest of the series but it didn't leaving me chomping at the bit to buy the second book.
First female reader I've listened to in a long time that didn't annoy me. She doesn't fall into the trap of trying too hard on male voices (with one inhuman exception). That may not sound like much but as it can be 50%+ of dialogue in a book it's actually pretty huge.
As for the story, it's fun, but no brain cells will be exercised by reading it.
I don't know if it was intended as Young Adult, but it ended up there.
I love this book. I love this series. The characters are well drawn and suck you in quickly. I read the entire series, but as the 4th book is soon to be released, I wanted to listen my way back through the series. While the reader does an admirable job with the voices and story, I found the audio production to be incredibly poor. It is like the reader is over driving the microphone. As I tried to listen to this over the blue tooth in my car, it was impossible to understand what was being read. I had the volume on both my phone and the bluetooth turned completely up. I had to turn the bass down and modify the treble and mid ranges to try to understand. When I arrived where I was going, I tried an external speaker, I had the same problem. If I listen just from my tablet, I can understand what is being read, but there are sounds in words that are punctuated and make the audio very hard to understand.
I highly recommend reading this one rather than listening, if possible.
The book flows well and it was a good morning listen on the way to work. This story is catchy, although some of the characters may will have been further explored-but I suppose this will happen in the next book of the series. The action is good, although the main villain is more vain and lightheaded than really devious. The main characters ate also likeable - really wanted to listen ok in the story, but their reactions seem stereotypical and at times justified but sorry or circumstances. This said, some moments in the story are really gripping or endearing. All in all a good read, if you are looking for some entertainment during your commute.
I rolled my eyes the whole time at the narrator, writing style, and storyline. I steuggled to like the main character. It was infuriating how weak she was for someone with such a powerful power. The other characters with the exception of Tess was tolerable. I think Tess was the best character. Simon was just ...ugh!
The narrator tried with the material she was given, but I think I would have preferred a male narrator because she struggled keeping the different voices.
She was better off reading it in her own voice.
The story is creative but the writing was....elementary. I expected more I guess. I thought to myself if this was published then I should give writing another shot. It was filled with so much unnecessary narative that it had me shaking my head. The author need to reach a word count quota or something?
Who needs the details about someone vomiting....like really?!
I hardly every comment on my ratings but this book compelled me to.
It has its moments where you think things are picking up but it just disappoints all the way to the end.
Oh! Before I forget....Asia's backstory was ridiculous! All that for a possible movie role ....say what?! Her character would've been a better with a different back story. She was badass but deserved better.
Final thoughts: I'll pass on the remaining series.
This series is right up there with Kate Daniels, Alpha and Omega and October .
This series is similar to the October Daye series in that it a fantasy series with strong well developed characters and story lines.
This is a much much better book than the Summary would lead you to believe. Just finished it and have the next in the series lined up and ready to go. Enjoy...
This is my first Anne Bishop novel. After reading other's stellar reviews I decided to try it and am delighted I did!
Other heroines I've read and rooted for were of dominant and snarky character. Very witty with lots of humor and courage. However, I found Meg Corbin quite different and unusually captivating. Her extensive kindness, innocence and naivety is her charm. She wins the hearts of all those around her, even my own, through her fragility but quiet strength. And when it counted the most of expected heroism, she doesn't disappoint.
Usually, the first book of a series I've read would be a little boring because of character development and construction of story, but, this is anything but. There is a lot of mystery, action, defined characters, and plot. I couldn't put this story down. I've already purchased the next book in the series, Murder of Crows, and can't wait to start. This book is certainly a worthy investment.
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