Written In Red Series: The Others #1
by Anne Bishop
on 2013-03-05 Pages:
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• Published by Penguin Genres: Fantasy
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.
This is a book that I throughly enjoyed . The world building in this book is fantastic. I loved every minute of it because I rarely read a book that goes into such detail about how the world was created.
The explanation of”The Others” and how they came to be shows that the author put in a lot of work into what she wanted to create. Reading a book with so many kinds of otherworldly creatures can be confusing but Ms. Bishop manages to make this much more understandable. I enjoyed her writing style because I was kept throughly engaged throughout the book even though this had a lot of world building.
The characters in this book were great. I loved Meg because even though she escaped a bad situation she managed to make her current situation work; even when she was unaware of how the world works outside of where she was from. Meg is strong and she stayed fighting when most female characters would have been TSTL or layed down and took everything that was dished out. I love the connections and the relationships that she built with each individual character and I really can’t wait to see more.
Simon was a great alpha male but he had a heart and even though Ms. Bishop made him more animal than man you can see the changes that he was experiencing and the confusion over his feelings because of his basic animal instincts. It was nice to see a friendship first in too many books they have “fated” characters and this is nothing like that and I love it. I am going to enjoy watching the relationship grow and develop.
Ms. Bishop created otherworldly characters that didn’t lose their basic animal instincts and that’s what made this book more intriguing to me. They only adapted the human form because they were predators and they needed meat; how else can they lure in humans as food if they held onto their animal form.
The humans in this book were great secondary characters and actually I could have just read a book based on the others with minimal human contact. I really like how the plot wasn’t completely wrapped up in this book it makes for an amazing story because you can see what she is building towards.
All in all this was a great book the action was great and it was well written from beginning to end.