Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop

Written in Red (The Others #1)
Good Reads Summary
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.(less)


My Thoughts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I’ve officially reached a level of unacceptable slobbery. I mean, hours of reading non-stop, through the night and most of the morning, will do that to you. Except you know what? It’s all good, good and great because said twelve hours were GLORIOUS ones! Reading Written in Red brings back a lot of what I love in UF. (You should see me perma-smile, right now. I think it’s a bit scary with the scruffy unchanged PJs look I’ve got going for me.)

This was Kate Daniels + Mercy combo, but minus the kick ass female leads in said books, rather more the general vibe of a community of the unusuals protecting their own when suddenly this somethingone different comes in and shakes things up. Now, despite the lack of kick ass on Meg’s part, I still liked her. Because she’s good -almost innocent even- but not oblivious to the bad things; in fact, it’s her constantly doing something kind (despite the not being untouched by the horrible past she’s got) that sets her apart form KD and MT, and it’s how her story is introduced: there be something horrible after her.

So, I like the contrast in her most of being that touch of light and good in a story full of monsters; monsters that aren’t afraid about being big, scary and bad. Because this story? Monsters, lots of them. There’s this rule that’s clear to all that they’re not to be messed with. So the world we’ve got set up in is another major draw for me. It’s one that’s split with this whole history about why that is. And it’s based on that split that humans and The Others live side by side, or more apt where humans are allowed to live at all.

That aside… Meg’s this someone different doing one nice thing after another for everyone, instead of being afraid of everyone, even if she knows there are things to be scared of. But perhaps that what I liked most about this one. That despite the scary “people” she finds herself surrounded by, she knows that there are scarier things out there. And then things pick up even more, you find out that these scary folks have something bigger that scares them as well. And just imagine how big my eyes got with each reveal.

Now, one may point out the sad lack of depth in the baddy in this one. With her me-myself-and-I shtick plus the ‘I shall be so and so and you shall rue the day blablabla’ that I almost thought she was going to say, but you see? The rest of the cast make up for what she lacked. Also, there’s another unnamed baddy in this one… whom I just know is going to be a big deal in the books that follow (See that? I said BOOKS. Plural. There are going to be books that follow. I demand it.)

(Seriously? People, you need to get on this one.)

4/5





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