Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Written in Red 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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) month made me grab this book off my shelf to read. Highly enjoyable book about an innocent who is surrounded by monsters who want to protect her but she is also the heroine of the story. Meg Corbyn starts off the book by being on the run from some people who have held her against her will. She is considered a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet. Once her blood is spilled in any form, she can see the future. She finds herself in the business district of the Others. Some are shape shifters, and others are things you can't possibly understand but monsters all the same. They realize soon enough that there is something about Meg that is not human and she becomes their liaison between Others and humans. In return, they protect her from the men who wish to have her back for the profit they made off her blood.

Meg has a real softness about her because she had been imprisoned for the first 24 years of her life. I found it pretty funny when the shape shifters were puzzled by her behavior. How she gave them treats if they behaved. It doesn't occur to Meg that they can take it from her if they wanted to. Her sanguine presence and the story really blew me away. I really enjoyed it. It's not a typical romance, but the attraction between her and Simon Wolfgard, the wolf shapeshifter, was enough to keep me in the story. Heading to book two next. Five stars.

New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop is the winner of the RT Book Reviews 2013 Career Achievement Award in Sci-Fi/Fantasy. She is also the winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award for the Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel is Vision in Silver, the third book in Anne’s urban fantasy series set in a re-imagined Earth. When she’s not communing with the Others, Anne enjoys gardening, reading, and music.

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Johanna reviewed her personal copy of Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop for this post.

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