Author: Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #1
Published by: Roc
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
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.
I read the first two books of Anne Bishop’s Black Jewel series many years ago because someone practically forced me to. I liked them okay, but I just wasn’t into them, so I never continued the series. That’s why I didn’t give Written in Red much thought when it first made an appearance. Then it started to get a lot of buzz, especially from people I’m usually very compatible with when it comes to books. As much as I wanted to see for myself what the fuss was about, I continued to put it off. Now, two years later, I finally made this book my bitch.
And you know what? I loved it! I’ll be honest though, it felt like it had very similar elements as Daughter of the Blood and various other books, to where I even found myself chuckling about it.
Now, with that being said, I did find Written in Red to be completely compelling. I can’t even tell you how relieved I was that the world-building isn’t crazy complicated as I had anticipated. It’s actually pretty cool the way it plays on the world and its history as we know it now.
For some reason, I expected Meg to be much younger than twenty-four. Even though she’s twenty-four, she has the whole innocent and naïve thing going on that makes her feel younger. This type of character has a high potential to annoy me, but I actually like Meg. Her behavior and personality is very fitting in this case, since she was raised is such a controlled setting and used for her prophecies. Plus, it’s just plain amusing at times. I love how she assess situations and problems in such a pure, non-jaded way, yet is very intuitive and insightful.
The Others! I love them! These creatures are not human that shift into other beings. These are other beings who shift into human skin when need be. They are primal and savage, and not to be taken lightly. And that is what I love so much. I was surprised that there are a lot of different type of Others, though, like the vampires and elementals. It’s also amusing how they interpret human behavior at times, and are a bit ignorant when it comes to them. Meg adjusting to not only life outside of captivity, but inside this world other Others is definitely entertaining.
Sometimes there is that instant connection with a character, before you even know much about them. It was love at first “sight” for me with Tess. As soon as Simon and Meg walked into the café and Tess was mentioned, I just knew she would be my favorite. And I was right. The more her character developed the more she became mine. I’m a total character hoarder. I’m also hoarding Winter and the ponies, just so you know. Oh, and Jenni. Crap, Jester too. Aw, hell, the entire freaking community. But Tess is for sure my number one, and I can’t wait to discover more about her.
So yes, I’m a fan of Written in Red and look forward to Murder of Crows!