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
Mindless and schlocky horror/romance. As usual all characters are dumb as bricks and incapable of communicating with each other. Good read for a day you don't want to think much.
Story is very drawn out. World created isn't intriguing. Heroine is illogically weak then strong. Narrator doesn't help. She speaks too slowly and her character voices detract. Also, this is too YA, but not like one of the good YAs. I am half way through and giving up on this one.
Book reviewer - PNR/UF Addict. Lover of make up and all things cute.
Written in Red is book one in The Others series. The series focuses on Meg Corbyn, a cassandra sangue (blood prophet). A cassandra sangue are pretty much how they sound, when one of the girls cuts their skin, she sees a prophecy. In the beginning of the book we meet Meg right after she ran away from a compound. The compound was a horrible place, they kept the girls basically enslaved to be cut whenever someone paid to have their future told. Anyway, Meg stumbling across the Lakeside Courtyard, and winds up getting a job as a Human Liaison. This is where it gets interesting, the Courtyard is run by the terra indigene (which includes shapeshifters, vampires, and elementals) but there are a few humans that live there as well.
The book has a ton of characters, and I think the audio helped me keep track of them well. The narration made it easy to distinguish between all of the characters. Simon, the wolf that rules over the Courtyard is the one that hires Meg. There is tension between the two but no romance (at least not yet). Meg has to figure out how the world works and the Courtyard seems to be the perfect place for her even though it is dangerous. She manages to integrate herself into their world and become an important asset to them. The only bad thing is, the people at the compound are not happy that she escaped and they're willing to do anything to get her back. That leads to an interesting read that kept me intrigued all the way through.
I really wasn't sure what to expect from this series, but it hooked me from the very start. I loved the way that Simon was growly towards Meg, and it slowly switched from real threats to empty ones. Written In Red kept me on my toes and I had to know what happened next so I already started book two. I recommend this series if you enjoy paranormal reads. It's a bit different from all the others in the Urban Fantasy genre, but I think this is one of the best books I'll read this year.
I have read/listened to every single book in this series more than once. It is one of the best written enthralling series I have ever come across. It has Ms. Bishop's signature amount of savagery but it is balanced by the pure fun of Meg's interactions with the Others. Just buy it!!!
I was hoping for so much more than what this story had to offer. But the crux of the issue is whether it was the book or the narrator. I am going to give the second book a chance, but in e-format. If that holds my interest more, maybe I will continue, but it won't be in audio. I'm sure that Ms. Harris is an excellent reader, but in listening to her, I just could not engage with her and the story. Her voices hovered on the ridiculous, one time "Vlad" even sounding, to me, like he was going to become Irish! When reading a story, I can inflict the proper amount of emotion into a characters voice based on the situation and circumstances and what I have learned about that character as I have read. She can't. Meg is an idiot. Simon is always angry. Vlad is mellow. Blech.
The story was good, enjoyable. Meg comes across as innocent and sweet. 'The others' more like animals. I thought the seperation between human and others was well done. BUT warning, if you have issues with cutting, this is not the book for you.
Most writers forget to mention small details, such as - where are the keys? did the main character lock the door? etc. Anne Bishop is wonderful with following up with all the details. You will know where the keys are, if the door was locked, etc. I really like that.
I question some thoughts in the book. Example- If I was hired to capture someone during a snowstorm, I would wear white, not black.
Narration is good, not great. There were a few conversations were I couldn't tell who was talking. The confusion usually happened in the patrol car. All the police officers sounded the same and acted similar. However, the narrator did a great job with Meg. Meg sounded sweet, innocent, and polite.
I do plan to listen to the rest of the series, and like 'the others'. I am not going to recommend the book to my 15 year old daughter. I'm afraid the cutting is to dark for her impressionable mind.
Written in Red starts off very promising. Meg's appearance, along with the urgency, felt powerful. The cast showed a great deal of promise, and I looked forward to seeing how a human would try to adapt to living with creatures who viewed humans and little more than skilled food.
Sadly I did not get that story, but instead a story that had a protagonist that enters the others, as the series call them, good graces by doing nothing more than behaving as any decent person would.
Granted, there is a lot of social baggage attached to the Courtyards and those who reside in them, as, on quite a few occasions, it's mentioned how little they regard human lives and have no problems wiping out thousands of innocent lives out of boredom or vengeance.
It's that baggage that makes the interactions between Meg and the Others so unnatural. When Meg first appears, she's regarded as just another human. She starts doing her job and , apparently the only human who could with any level of competence, gains acceptance into the Courtyard.
There are hiccups, Elliot's slapping her, but they're brushed off as she is a blood prophet. The fact that she is a blood prophet is clearly the main reason she's treated better than any other human, but no one seems to come out and say it. Even Simon towards the end claims that her being a blood prophet has no bearing on her living in the Courtyard. He regards her as Meg. She isn't human to him, or any of the others, in spite of the fact that she is very much human.
She makes friends and even those feel forced. When the author takes great pains to make it clear that the Others and the elemental forces of the world consider humans as potential prey, and have held this attitude for several generations, the moment a human becomes friends with the embodiment of winter a good deal of tension between humans and others becomes lost.
The decline continues as Meg begins to order around the leaders of the Courtyard and they all submit to her commands, and, while it's never implicitly stated, she is eventually treated as one of the leaders of the Courtyard.
The last few chapters felt very forced, but did show a good example of how the Others would murder an entire city without a second thought. There is mention of the Others doing just that, and as the winter storm strikes the city I found myself wondering how they could possibly be justified in potentially killing hundreds of humans.
I don't think it's a small matter that I found myself partially rooting for the humans who were after Meg in the final chapters. Not for the possibility of Meg being returned to a life of slavery, but the possibility of humans proving that they can at least take on the Others.
I felt disappointed in the story towards the end, and it soured me on continuing the series. Perhaps I'm not part of the intended audience. Perhaps I was too harsh. In the end, I feel that this story was not for me.
I am a salesperson on the road everyday, mother of 2 grown children. Happily married
I loved this new series. I can't wait to start the next book. Love love
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