Series: The Others #1
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General
No one creates realms like New York Times bestselling 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.
engrossing juxtaposition of violence and innocence
Why did I read this? Am I glad I did?
(Amanda told me I could format this how I would like. Woot! So I’m going to include some sections I used on 25 Hour Books.)
As I mentioned in my last review, I’m a different kind of reader now that I’m a working mom. I’m also picking my books differently. I’m almost avoiding books that I feel will suck me in. I don’t want to be too emotionally invested into a character I have to keep tucking away. I picked wrong with Written in Red. I was sucked in from the first chapter. As has been my norm lately, I read this as a mix of eBook and audio. I LOVE that Amazon links the two and I can pick up in one version where I left off in the other. I try to start with the audio (if I don’t there is a higher chance the voice won’t match in my head). Right from the start, the narrator did a fantastic job of conveying the urgency of Meg and the realism of the Others. There is some special language built around this alternate world, but as a fantasy reader it didn’t not bother me.
Meg and the Others could not be more different. Anne Bishop does not hold back with violent nature of the beasts. It’s not over the top at all, but it’s not “I’ll tame the wolf and he’ll be human and love me” either. Then there is Meg who is childlike in her ignorance of the outside world. I loved the depth and growth of not just the main characters, but the more minor characters were brilliant as well.
If I were to break down the plot, it would sound slow paced. But I couldn’t put it down. I wanted more time with each character. I wanted to know more and more and more. And now that I’ve finished this review, I’m starting book 2 on my way home.
Most of the terra indigene didn’t want to love humans; they wanted to eat them. Why did humans have such a hard time understanding that?