Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Book Review for Written in Red (The Others, #1) by Anne Bishop




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.




Wow.  In a market saturated with the world(s) of the supernatural, Bishop has created a unique and intriguing reality.  It feels like strolling through an unconsciousness where you haven’t determined yet whether it is a dream or a nightmare.  Always an air of danger, surrounded by familiar monsters (vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, men), but none of them are attacking you…yet…. Then, there are a whole new cast of characters and beings that you did not expect to encounter and don’t quite know what to do with.  


In the Others books, we are allowed a peak into a world where the ancient monsters of myth are in control and not afraid to flex their muscles, secure in the knowledge that they are at the top of the food chain.  They are not the over sexed vamps and werewolves that we know and love, but a quiet and powerful society which operates under instincts and black and white thinking (IE: Don’t kill all of the humans at once, because it would be a waste of meat).  In fact, unlike most books, these characters are more wolf/animal than human .  

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“There would be a spike in the number of girls who went out for a walk in the woods and were never heard from again. There always were when stories came out portraying the terra indigene as furry humans who just wanted to be loved.

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?” 

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"It was easier when all we wanted to do was eat them and take their stuff,” he grumbled.
And it had been easier when he hadn’t cared if he made any of them cry.

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As a reader of almost 1,000 paranormal/sci-fi/romance novels, I can honestly say this world is like no other.  It is entrancing, stunning, and a rare excitement to find yourself navigating a setting other than the beloved but predictable fantasy worlds in the majority of books in this genre. 

Each character has such depth and richness, not one of them stereotypical.  I don’t know what to say other than this woman (Bishop) is a creative genius. 
While there IS the possibility (and very obvious eventuality) of romance between our two “main” characters, this one is a slowwww burn.  Still, it did not frustrate or annoy me as some have in the past… It actually makes good sense in the plot and character profiles that they would really need time to find their way to romance.

I truly could go into a lot more detail, but I don't want to rob you of experiencing this book as I did, with no idea of what I was getting into.

It was a series that I just couldn’t put down…Not necessarily because it was so action packed, but because I was so immersed in that world.

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