Published by Roc on March 4th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Format: Mass Market
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 a job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she's wanted by the government, he'll have to decide whether she's worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.
I don’t know why it took me forever to start this series, but it did. I heard about it vaguely a couple of years ago, added it to my Chapters wishlist and promptly forgot about it. Around the end of last year I made a big mass market purchase (this happens, I binge on mass market books all the time), and Written in Red happened to be one of them.
I don’t really know why, but I loved this book. It was cheesy, but the kind of cheesy that was also really enjoyable.
Meg was a pretty believable character, and she seemed incredibly strong considering what she’d been through. But her strength and knowledge is exactly correct to what I would expect from someone who hasn’t seen the world but desperately does not want to go back to where she was.
I did not like Simon in the beginning, but he kind of grew on me. I guess he was TOO alpha male for my tastes. But when he started interacting with Meg, I found him to be more believable.
The rest of the cast of characters are hilarious, a bit creepy (I’m looking at you, vampires) but definitely create a unique sense of community. I loved the world that Anne Bishop weaved and I’m excited to see where she takes it.
I almost bought the second one yesterday (during another mass market binge) but I limited myself. It will come at some point, though!