(BookR) Written in Red: A Novel of the Others by Anne Bishop

Cover: ★★★

Book: ★★★★¾

Publishing Date: 03/04/14

My Review:

 Meg Corbyn is on the run from a compound where she has been kept since she was a small girl. The first place that offers her a job is that of a human liasion at the courtyard ( what I would refer to as a reservation of “Others”, or the more civilized of the creatures who really run the show.) It was fast paced and thrilling, leaving you wondering when or if she was going to be found. My favorite character is Simon, The werewolf leader of the Lakeside courtyard. He makes the fangirl in me drool.   Anne Bishop really did a great job of reimagining the world as I think it truly would be if supernatural creatures really were the first beings to inhabit North America or as she calls it ‘Thaisia’. If you are a fan of Kim Harrison or Patricia Briggs I think you will really enjoy this book.

 

Reviews by others:

“A stunningly original yarn, deeply imagined, beautifully articulated and set forth in clean, limpid, sensual prose.”—Kirkus Reviews

“An amazing novel.”—
Fresh Fiction

Written in Red isn’t just the best urban fantasy of the year, it may be one of the best ever.”—All Things Urban Fantasy

“A gripping novel from start until finish…In the end, Ms. Bishop leaves readers wanting more.”—
Night Owl Reviews (Top Pick)

“Fast-paced action, well defined characters and an imaginative storyline make for a fine paranormal read.”—
Monsters and Critics

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Description:

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.

 

About the Author:

Anne Bishop (excerpt taken from her website http://www.annebishop.com/a.bio.html)

Once upon a time…

Have you heard this story before?

You have.

All right, then.

Oh, you want another story.

 

Once upon a time, there was a girl who liked to write stories. So she did. And she had fun.

Then, one day, a thought got stuck in her head that if she couldn’t write a really greatstory, there wasn’t much point in writing stories at all. So she stopped writing.

She was young and didn’t know any better.

The girl went out into the world to make a living and do some growing up. And this was fine and necessary.

Then, one day, several years later, a story poked its little head up out of the creative reservoir and said, “Hello?”

It was a little story, and it looked rather forlorn, so the girl shaped it with words as best she could so that it could go out into the world.

The story, who was very happy about this, went back to the creative reservoir to pack its bags for its adventure into the world and told all its friends about the girl.

Not long after that, another story poked its little head up out of the creative reservoir and said, “Hello?”

So the girl shaped it with words as best she could. And the story was very happy. So were the other stories that came after that one.

They were little stories. They were very polite.

During the years when the girl was shaping these stories, she began reading books and magazines about writing (and, later on, about organization and time management). As she worked and read, she became more skillful and could shape bigger stories.

Then came the day when something tapped her on the shoulder. When she turned around, it wasn’t a polite little story, looking forlorn and saying, “Hello?” It was a novel that kissed her hand, smiled at her, and said, “Hello. We’re going to be very good friends for quite some time.”

So that is the story of how the girl ended up sharing her living space with, among other things, an overabundance of paperwork and a great many characters.

You want mundane data too? In that case…

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 Marked in Flesh, the fourth 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. Since you’re reading this, there’s no point in telling you to visit her website atwww.annebishop.com.

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