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

Anne Bishop
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (613 customer reviews)

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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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,564 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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116 of 128 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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48 of 54 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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44 of 52 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic!
Published 5 days ago by Santi
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book by Anne Bishop
Another excellent book by Anne Bishop. An original way of viewing shifters, vamps and "others". Read more
Published 5 days ago by carol
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting being someone else's lunch.
A fan of Anne Bishop after completing all 9 books in "The black jewels series". Have delayed reading this book in case it ended up disappointing. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
THIS IS A FABULOUS BOOK. Ms Bishop has created a complex and well populated world, with great characters and a truly exciting storyline. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the series. Can not wait for the next.
Published 11 days ago by Lis
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Excellent excellent excellent .... The writing is superb the story line is original the characters are well rounded and interesting just an absolute page turner loved it more... Read more
Published 12 days ago by sarah mangan
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagination
I loved and love this author's black jewels series. I must have re-read each book a dozen times over the years,but when this book first came out I didn't read it right away. Read more
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Published 18 days ago by Anna Guz
4.0 out of 5 stars It was interesting towatch her acclimatize to this new world of living...
This is my first Anne Bishop book and I was swept away by the breadth of her story, in particular of this series. It took a little while to get into in the beginning. Read more
Published 20 days ago by camille flores
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it!
I must say that I looked at this book for months beore actually picking it up. Just reading the book description, I was skeptical, but I am SOOO glad that I did. Read more
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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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