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.
Wow. So reading Anne Bishop's Written in Red took me a lot longer than normal, but it was still by far one of the most fantastic and incredible reads ever!! The world she's created was just so detailed and exquisite! It was a delight to read!
There are so many details to this one, that it's even hard to sum up in short and say what was great, what wasn't and all that! I will say that at first I was a bit confused of our world setting. There was a brief prologue of the history of the world and there were quite a few unfamiliar terms, but pretty much once I started reading, I forgot all about that confusion! In this world, the terra indigene aka paranormals, rule the world. The worldbuilding was incredible, if the history was a bit confusing at first, but the plot soon carried us away!
Meg is a cassandra sangue aka a blood prophet. Basically when she cuts herself she sees a prophecy. She ran away from her "collector", she, along with several other girls were being held prisoner for all their lives. People would pay to cut her and have their future told or whatnot. The longer the cut, the longer the vision. It is definitely a scary way of life. How Meg escaped is never said, only that she did and came to the town or compound where Simon Wolfgard lives.
Simon is definitely your alpha male. He runs his town well, and having a human come in seeking shelter befuddles him. He doesn't know what Meg is right away, only that there is something different about her. He's...intrigued, which is quite a new thing for him ad he offers her the job of Liasion which is a fancy name for post office worker. But Meg actually likes the job.
This was quite a profound read! In a world where humans and terra indigene don't really get along well, we see that happening here. True, Meg isn't more than human, but still human in essence. And yet, the people in town start to care for her. She has shown them kindnesses that they weren't accustom to from other humans. Meg is caring and considerate.
But yet, there are still enemies at foot. Whoever Meg has run from, wants her back. And will do anything to bring her back to her prison.
This was truly an incredible read and I totally see why everyone has loved it! It was remarkable! So different from my usual paranormal reads, but amazing all the same!
There wasn't any romance in this book either! Which was quite a shock, but yet, there's definitely an odd connection between Meg and Simon and I can't help but wonder if that will form into something more soon!
This is one series that I would highly recommend! Don't let the size overwhelm you! You will fall into this world that is similar to our own, but entirely different! The relationship between human and terra indigene was quite lifelike. There's hate, there's fascination, there's still tension...it was so incredibly real! And oh yeah, kudos to Simon for running a bookstore! Gotta love that in a man/wolf!
Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars