Book Review: Written in Red by: Anne Bishop

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: NAL Hardcover

Publication Date: March 5, 2013

Origins:  Borrowed

Format:  Hardcover

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I have read other books by Ms. Bishop, such as The Black Jewels trilogy and have always enjoyed them. For me, ‘Written in Red’ is on another level by leaps and bounds! I absolutely loved the characters, the story, the world, everything about it. At first, we’re given a history about the Others (terra indigene) and how they are the rulers while humans are prey. Then we’re introduced to Meg Corbyn who finds her way into the Lakeside Courtyard. When she walks into Howling Good Reads, half-frozen, Simon Wolfgard gives her a job as the Human Liaison for Lakeside. While he knows there is something different about her, Meg slowly becomes part of the community and is protected from those who wish her harm. I was sucked into ‘Written in Red’ from the start. I absolutely loved Meg, Simon, and everyone else in Lakeside. I was amazed by the ease of which Ms. Bishop created a whole different world and how well-rounded each character was – not just the main characters. At times serious and other times seriously funny, 'Written in Red' is just an awesome story and I can't say enough good things about it! I could not put this book down and I cannot wait for the next book set in this world!!

The Others Series: Written in Red (1), Murder of Crows (2)


  1. I read this twice. The first time I would have given it a 3. I enjoyed how the shifters really were animalistic instead of sexy alpha studs (don't get me wrong, I like those stories too, but you need some variety), but I could see every plot point coming a mile away. After re-readng it, I'd give it a 4 for it's imaginative world.

    1. Anne,

      I really appreciate your feedback on this book! Thanks for stopping by!


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