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Written In Red: A Novel of the Others [Kindle Edition]

Anne Bishop
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Book 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.


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Praise for Written in Red:

“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

About the Author

Anne Bishop is a winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award for The Black Jewels Trilogy, presented by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 2758 KB
  • Print Length: 513 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451417909
  • Publisher: Roc; Reissue edition (March 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RD34VO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,014 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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128 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Wonderful Series Opener February 28, 2013
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Written In Red: A Novel of the Others
By: Anne Bishop

I have not read another author that can world and character build like Anne Bishop does. Her Black Jewels Trilogy is one that I pull out to re-read at least once a year. This new series appears to be one that I am going to be doing the same thing with. She has written this with her usual realism and you tend to think, "I know these people" or "I've been to this town" while you are reading. Moreover, when you are done with the book, the book is not done with you. You will walk away wondering about the characters, how are they doing in their world now that you've finished the book.
You are also left wondering just when the next book will be coming out!

Meg Corbyn is a Cassandra sangue (Blood Prophet) and has run away from her keepers. And when I say `keepers,' I mean that literally. After all, Meg isn't even known by a name, she has a designation -a number - she is known as cs759 . She has never experienced anything ever that may stimulate her. All that she knows of the world was taught to her via pictures and edited film clips while sitting in a classroom filled with others like her. She is there for one specific purpose, to be a Prophet. One that needs to be cut/sliced in a very specific way to make her predictions. Since her keeper/Controller can receive huge amounts of money for her predictions, she is being hunted extensively now that she has run away. She has run right into Lakeside, a sort of town that caters to the Others but also in a small way to the Humans.

The Others - the terra indigene are shape shifters, vampires and Elementals that do not like, do not trust, do not need the humans.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Meg Corbyn is a blood prophet but while that is a part of the story it is not THE story. This is a novel of multiple plots all taking place at the same time, the motivations of the individuals are myriad and the interactions are unlike most any other UF/PNR you have read.

Simon is an "Other" and what that means in this world is that he is NOT human and is not sensitive and misunderstood and there is no MINE moment at all in this story. Be aware, the wolves in this story will eat humans if they are provoked and I have not seen one looking for a mate ....yet.

Meg was considered "property" of some unseen entity (we assume human) and she represents thousands possibly millions of dollars to him with her prophetic powers. What this means is that getting her back becomes paramount to the story and the amounts of money are enough to motivate people to cross the "others" which has always been a very, VERY bad idea.

The "others" are the predominate race on the planet BUT the humans seem to forget or are unaware of that fact ...... and that is going to cost them ...a LOT.

The thing that separates this story from almost all others is partly the world Anne Bishop has created but it is a large part of how Meg who has no real personality manages to befriend these non-humans and the growing relationships that form.

I can't delve too deep into this story in a review without giving away a lot of information best discovered while reading the pages of this book. Suffice it to say that of the books I have read in the last year (200ish I would guess), this will be in the Top 10 if not the Top 5. It really is THAT good and if she was not writing a series, she could have added a few more chapters and ended this as an epic stand alone novel. There is no cliffhanger, it has an ending and leaves a few threads hanging that will build in the next book but this opener will be hard to top in the "can't sleep until I finish this book" category.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Expected to love it, but sadly did not March 21, 2014
By Sh3lly
Format:Kindle Edition
2.5 stars. I've decided I need to put this one down and move on. I got 62% through and started skimming around 42%... I kept getting distracted and it was so hard to get through what I did get through. This book has stellar ratings. The overly gushing and high reviews somewhat confuse me. I must be missing something because it just did not click with me.

The concept was interesting, and I liked the supernatural creatures, I just didn't care much for Meg (this is the first time I was ever bothered by a Mary Sue). Nothing happens in this book. So much time is spent on mundane activities. Meg sorts mail and gives carrots and sugar cubes to the ponies who deliver the mail to the supernaturals (Others).

SPOILERISH I did enjoy how she helped the wolfchild, Sam, but I saw that coming a mile away. All the Others, who view humans as meat and monkeys, view Meg as special. She befriends even the scariest Grandfather vampire, who, not even other Others can get near. Also, Meg, as a cassandra sanguine, is a cutter. I've never seen that angle done in an urban fantasy type book before. Could be unexpectedly triggering for unsuspecting readers who self-mutilate. END SPOILERISH

I guess this one just isn't my book. Potentially, it seems to be right up my alley. But it wasn't, and I have way too many books in my TBR list to force myself to go any further. I feel kind of sad, but oh well.

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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
It takes a lot to interest me in starting an adult urban fantasy series these days, so I was a bit hesitant when Written in Red landed on my doorstep. This turned out to be a happy surprise, however, because it ended up being a fantastic read.

Meg Corbyn is on the run. As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, she is able to see the future when cuts are made on her skin. This is a painful process in many ways, and she's desperate to free herself from those who have been profiting from her gift her whole life. She soon encounters Simon Wolfgard, a snarly, suspicious shapeshifter who takes her under his wing despite his better judgment.

What I loved: I liked Meg as a protagonist, and her attempts to fit into her new surroundings were well-written, particularly the subplot involving Simon's panicked, endearing nephew Sam. The secondary character are distinct and memorable, particularly the reticent Tess, who just might be more than she appears. Simon is fiercely protective of those he holds dear. And there are short but thrilling action scenes with spectacularly awesome deaths. I admit to being a little bloodthirsty, but really--I was wriggling on the edge of my seat as I was reading some of those scenes!

This book also has one of the most interesting depictions of werewolf culture that I've ever read. The way they interact with each other, the hierarchy, the thought patterns and behavior impulses--all these were well-thought out and integrated into the story, and were both a little scary and endearing in turn. These shifters are primed for action and much more in touch with their animal side than their human one.

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"You want us to save any meat for you?" Blair asked.

He wasn't human. Would never be human.
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3.0 out of 5 stars You should read it, for the cute animals, if for nothing else
Black Jewels trilogy by Anne Bishop is one of my favorite series. So Written in Red had pretty big shoes to fill. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Bookworm Dreams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new series from a favorite author
I love everything I have read by Anne Bishop an this was no exception. This is a new world from the previous ones. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Lisa H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Always A Treat, Anne Bishop Rules Once Again
Anne Bishop is a genius. She creates worlds that open us to new ways of examining issues facing us today in the modern world. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars sneaky good story
It takes a moment to get hooked. Like any anne bishop book, she has this crazy, cool skill at drawing you in. It sneaks up on you, then you can't put the book down. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I'm loving this whole series so far.
Published 4 days ago by Rebecca Sulham
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic New Imagining
This book, and the two that I immediately purchased after reading the first in the series, is amazing. It is not your typical werewolf/vampire fantasy in the least. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Evensong Sunsoar
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good fantasy with likeable characters
I love the slow character and world building. Meg's character is so fantastically innocent that you just want to be around her to cleanse your palate. Read more
Published 6 days ago by TEM
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
Such a great read - different style, great world, great story! Fun and believable characters. Can't wait to read more from this author!
Published 6 days ago by jlpoole520
4.0 out of 5 stars Urban fantasy
The world Anne Bishop creates is captivating.It was funny how I kept thinking that not much action was happening. Read more
Published 7 days ago by nikmt
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising Read
I wasn't sure about this book when I first started reading it. After awhile I did not want to put it down. A well written and intriguing story about the Supernatural Community. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Charlene E. Lynerd
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Anne Bishop is a winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award, presented by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts.

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