Written In Red by Anne Bishop
Synopsis: 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.
Let me start with this….where have you been all my life Ms Bishop?! I took my time and savored this one and read it over 3 days. Which is HIGHLY unusual for me. Normally I want to plow through the book and find out how it ends. Not this one. I was sucked into this little world Bishop created and I never wanted to leave. I wanted to savor everything about this story. This has become the standard in which all Urban Fantasy Novels will be measured against. The characters were extremely well developed, well described and the world…it was brilliant. I have a case of author lust going on right now (and not in the weird pervy way…like I need to go and purchase everything she’s written and stalk her FB page).
It was so incredibly hard for me to put this book down each night and finally, the 3rd night I had to finish it. I kept putting it down to go to bed but kept picking it right back up because I HAD TO KNOW! I had to know what Meg was hiding, who she was running from, if Simon and the others were going to accept her, protect her. I had to read more because of the secondary characters (oh how I loved every single one of them!) and how entertaining they were.
At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy the multiple POVs in this story. It worked, it worked so exceptionally well that I think it helped make the story that much more interesting. This is a rarity for me. Typically I don’t enjoy books that bounce from one POV to another. But this worked. It worked so freaking well that I’m wondering if I screwed up along the way in my reading and judged other books harshly.
As for the characters…we have to talk about the characters. Meg is so sweet, how can you NOT fall in love with her. I loved how she has carved out this life for herself among the Others. Though how she lived before ending up there, it’s amazing she isn’t a push over or bitter. She is caring and thoughtful! My favorite parts are her interactions with Simon. You can tell that something, somewhere down the line is going to develop, but not yet. She calls him Mr Wolfgard I think as a way of keeping him at arms length. Which I don’t blame her because he was pretty nasty towards her in the beginning. He snarled, yelled and was just confused by the little Meg.
Simon made incredible growth in this book. In the beginning, he saw humans as just ‘meat’. Most of the Others did. But having Meg live with them, work side by side with them and see the humans as she did…it made changes in their thinking. They started treating the humans differently, better, it was such a great thing to watch unfold.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the villain in this book, I know she isn’t the true villain. But she was over the top ridiculous and almost a bit on the cheesy side. Who she was working for is obviously the true bad guy and I’m curious to see how this plays out. I’m hoping that none of my favorite characters end up as collateral damage in the following books
There are so many more secondary characters in this book that I can’t wait to watch for. This is definitely a series that I will devour as soon as I can. Not really anything for romance in this book, though I think that will come later on down the road. But I am glad there wasn’t. I feel that it would have taken away from the story and from the character development and the growing friendships and feelings between Meg and the Others.
This isn’t like my other Urban Fantasy reads. Normally, the ones that I get sucked into have so much going on, so fast paced. That’s not really the case here, not till the end of the book. The end of the book picks up so quickly and because of all of the build up, description, detail you can easily picture everything happening in your mind’s eye. Bishop did an amazing job with writing and setting up this world of hers.
If you are looking for a world to lose yourself in, definitely pick up Written In Red and start the adventure. You’ll be sucked in and never want to go home.