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Written In Red: A Novel of the Others Kindle Edition

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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: 3187 KB
  • Print Length: 514 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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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,959 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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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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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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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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So an Anne Bishop book is an Anne Bishop book is an Anne Bishop book, but there is a spectrum. On one end you have Good Anne Bishop -- "Heir to the Shadows" or "Queen of Darkness." Then you have Bad Anne Bishop, who gave us "Sebastian." Everything else falls somewhere in between. (Excepting "Daughter of the Blood," a rare sighting of the much-missed Extremely Good Anne Bishop.) The question becomes: where on this spectrum does her new book fall?

I'm happy to report that "Written in Blood" is closer to Good Anne Bishop than I've seen in years.

It's still very much an Anne Bishop book, as I think I've made abundantly clear, and if you're any kind of fan you know exactly what I mean. Will the heroine be a doe-eyed ingenue who brings innocence and sunshine wherever she goes, winning over the hardest of hardened hearts like a supernatural Pollyana? Yes. Will she possess ultra-rare and powerful magic that is as much a burden as a benefit? Naturally. Will the hero be broody and preoccupied with his personal demons, thinking of himself as monstrous and/or BE a monster? Of course. Will the main villainess be "slutty," ambitious, and dumb as rocks? Oh yeah. (Will anyone ever protest that one of those things is not like the other? Hah!) Will there be adorable animal companions resulting in mischievous hijinks? Will the hero keep comparing the heroine to some wuffly widdle mammal? Will there be a symbolic/literal devouring of a certain portion of the male anatomy?

... oh, Anne Bishop. I don't even have to ask -- we both know you won't ever change.

But as much as you or I (or maybe just I?) enjoy pointing out her little peccadilloes, Bishop at the top of her game is an undeniable treat.
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