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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. 

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  • File Size: 2758 KB
  • Print Length: 513 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451417909
  • Publisher: Roc; Reissue edition (March 5, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 5, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RD34VO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,587 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Douglas C. Meeks TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 11, 2013
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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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Darling on March 6, 2013
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.


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

He wasn't human. Would never be human.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Sh3lly on March 21, 2014
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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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By myotherself VINE VOICE on March 19, 2013
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I don't know for sure that this novel will evolve into one of a series, but I find it hard to believe that author Anne Bishop would not want to continue this world she has created, given how easily the continuation could come about. There are many directions for the characters to move in and there are definitely enough varied "Others" to keep things interesting. Meg Corbyn is the principal female human, but there are aspects of her nature which make her a very unusual human. I found it necessary to keep reminding myself of Meg's past so I didn't get impatient with her sweetness and innocence which bordered on complete unbelievability at times. Meg is not a strong heroine so if that specific type makes you give up on a novel, this book might not be the best choice for you. Meg does grow a little backbone by managing to survive all the traumas she goes through, but she started out the story so weak because of the past life she was running away from that the amount of strength she shows at the end of the story still might not be enough for some readers. Just be aware that this human female is definitely not following in the footsteps of most of her modern urban fantasy counterparts. Maybe a little more next time?

The characters in the novel who are members of the "Others" classification were much more interesting to me, even though the constant references to humans as "meat" did begin to pale about halfway into the book. There are wolves, a bear, a coyote, owls, crows, vampires, elementals, and an Other whose type is never spoken aloud. All of these characters will benefit from more depth concerning their natures and histories in future novels.
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