I’ve been meaning to read Written in Red since it came out in 2013 – I loved Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels series – but never got around to it. On break from school, I crammed in as much reading as I could, and got addicted! Good thing I read fast, huh?
Written in Red by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #1
Published by Roc on March 5th 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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 a job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she's wanted by the government, he'll have to decide whether she's worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.
The Plot: Prisoner escapes, finds safety, doesn’t want others to know who – or what – she is. Unfortunately, she’s hunted. Fortunately, her sanctuary is smack dab in the middle of possibly the safest place to be.
The Characters: Meg grows on you. She’s uncertain, afraid, and pretty much clueless when you first meet her – though it doesn’t stop her from trying as hard as she can to do what’s right. Her naiveté is charming, and not just to the reader. Eventually the Others at Lakeside Courtyard warm up to her, whether they want to or not, whether they plan to or not.
My favorite part of “meeting the residents” is Meg giving the mail ponies treats, before she figures out who they are. And the ponies coming back for more… Cuteness overload.
The Story: In this world of Bishop’s, humans and non-humans live uneasily side-by-side. History led to the Others allowing the humans life only by the grace of their inventions, and a lot of the interactions in Written in Red are therefore constrained by this.
When the villains pursue Meg, the Lakeside Courtyard residents decide to help – and in doing so usher in progress in the human-Others relationship. The drama and action’s pretty good, too. 😉
I loved the world, the reasons behind why things are how they are, and the interactions between the races as a result. I loved the cranky werewolf, the mysterious vampires, the chattering crows, and the dark gritty reality where humans are prey – and Meg’s innocent inroads into changing that perception.
drey’s rating: Excellent!
Have you read Written in Red? What did you think?