Title: Written in Red
Author: Anne Bishop
Series: The Others, Book 1
Pages: 433 (Audio: 18hrs and 32min. )
Format: Audiobook from Audible.
Narrator: Alexandra Harris
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Release Date: May 3rd 2013 (Book: March 5th)
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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.Anne Bishop is one of the best Fantasy writers around, in my opinion anyway. I was a big fan of her Black Jewels trilogy in high school, so when I only recently stumbled across Written in Red on audible, I was shocked I hadn't heard of it sooner... Well, I have been out of the book loop for a while, so I suppose I wasn't that surprised.
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.
Anne Bishop is a master, Written in Red is an Adult Urban Fantasy book so masterfully written I couldn't put it down, Alexandra Harris did a fantastic job as the narrator, I just loved it when she voiced Sam's little Aroo when he is in wolf form, I'll never get sick of it.
It reads more like a fantasy than the usual urban fantasy books that everyone is familiar with. But even if you prefer one genre over the other, you will still find yourself falling steadily in love with the world and character's that Anne breathes life into.
Just a fair warning, the romance in Anne Bishop novels always tend to build slowly and steadily, so even though there is no clothes ripping and passionate love making... YET. The tension and hints of romance are all there and is so, so delicious. (Especially in book two, but that review is for another day. But I will say you can cut the tension with a knife, its so good.)
The world is crafted to perfection, the characters are amazing and the story is spellbinding. So I didn't mind at all about the slow romance, because we can see it coming... which I honestly prefer anyway.
Meg Corbyn is our heroine, she's damaged and a cassandra sangue aka a blood prophet that has been locked up her entire life, she's never been in the outside world and doesn't really know how to interact with people, especially the terra indigene aka shape shifters and many, many other creatures that go bump in the night.
Usually innocent, ignorant girls in books - even if they have a decent excuse, annoy the hell out of me, but not Meg. She was a great character who has common sense and ACTUALLY uses it! While sure, she was scared of the terra indigene to a degree, she treated them not only with fear, but with a simple straightforwardness and kindness that they were definitely not used to receiving.
The only time I was annoyed with Meg's naivete was with her interactions with Asia 'super bitch, I wanted her dead' Crane. But it was well done, and a little suspense never hurt anyone.
Watching all the big terrifying monsters falling in love with Meg one after the other was definitely one of the highlights of the book, it was adorable how she gathered some big allies without even trying.
One of my favourite parts in the book was when Meg goes to say hi to 'the girl on the lake' otherwise known as Winter, an elemental who is, yup... winter. No one, not even Simon the big leader and alpha-male wants to piss off Winter, or any elemental for that matter otherwise they pretty much are all dead. Meg just walks up and says hi and asks if she can get her anything... a few library books and an incident with a green scarf not being 'her colour' later, Meg has a friend for life. Who will do ANYTHING to protect her.
It just goes to show what a simple act of kindness can do.
There are so many different kinds of paranormal creatures in this book and I just love how they aren't mortal enemies and trying to kill each other, they live together and help each other. Human's are pretty much the enemy in this book, the terra indigene and humans live in a wary state of peace. Not understanding each other, causes problems... very big ones that we see slowly coming to the surface throughout this novel.
I loved that we have two police officers, and a captain who are wanting to bridge that gap instead of fanning the flames. Also Meg, the Human Liaison, who isn't strictly human, but not terra indigene helps them along the way.
Just want to quickly mention Simon, who you may think is just your typical douchey alpha-male at the start of the novel, isn't in the least... okay he is still an alpha wolf so yeah that is there. But he has hidden depths and moments with his little nephew Sam who has been stuck in wolf form since the brutal murder of his mother that just wants me want to hug them both.
I want to talk about so much more, but this review is getting a bit long. Quick mention of my favourite characters that haven't been mentioned above... PONY'S! & Tess... and okay, everyone, the only person I didn't like was Asia.
I'll finish up by saying that I wasn't bored in any single part of this novel, which is big for me these days. I couldn't stop listening and everyone needs this book in their life. NOW!
Written in Red
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