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Written in Red (Anne Bishop's Others Series #1)

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8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Another Awesome Story From Anne Bishop

I have been a fan of Anne Bishop since the Black Jewels Series, her writing is outstanding, and her newest book Written in Red is no exception. It was fantastic!! I read it in almost a day, had to sleep and work in between but it was next to impossible to put down. This...
I have been a fan of Anne Bishop since the Black Jewels Series, her writing is outstanding, and her newest book Written in Red is no exception. It was fantastic!! I read it in almost a day, had to sleep and work in between but it was next to impossible to put down. This book really exceeded my expectations, which were high because it's by Anne Bishop. The world she created/system and hierarchy felt completely natural and not like a million other novels. From the moment Meg stumbled into the Others land, half frozen, and sighed with relief at the H.L.D.N.A sign (Human Law Does Not Apply), I was intrigued. When the terra indigene (shifters, vampires, and elementals) she met spoke quite candidly about how they regularly ate humans for infractions as minor as trespassing or failing to leave a store the second it closed, I was hooked. That same sense of wonder and delight only increased as I learned about Meg and the cassandra sangue (blood prophets) who were treated like property by their Controllers. It definitely helped that words like "werewolf" weren't tossed around and that the reader doesn't feel like they can assume anything about the creatures except what they learn through the plot of the book. Every character was fully realized, and I fell in love with Meg right along with everyone else in the book. And Simon was extremely compelling; it was great to see a character, one among many, that felt truly dangerous and not watered down. Plus I absolutely loved Vlad, Grandfather, and my heart still breaks because of Sam. The setting was like our world but slightly off, but so well done that the reader can feel the history and layers of thought that were put into the background. I was totally sucked in from the first word to the last, with every tense, humorous, and engaging plot point and cannot wait for the next book.

posted by Meli_Green on March 18, 2013

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1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Another Winner from Anne Bishop

Anne Bishop has quickly become my favorite author, with her Black Jewels and Ephemera series. Written in Red continues that fine tradition. Meg is a compelling character, who evolves as she learns to stand on her own two feet. Her determination to make a life for her...
Anne Bishop has quickly become my favorite author, with her Black Jewels and Ephemera series. Written in Red continues that fine tradition. Meg is a compelling character, who evolves as she learns to stand on her own two feet. Her determination to make a life for herself, despite her lack of experience being out in the world, makes you root for her. All in all, this is now one of my favorite books out there.

I have already placed my order for the next book in the series, Murder of Crows.

posted by Amberesqu7 on August 10, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    I bought this book because it popped up as similar to Patricia B

    I bought this book because it popped up as similar to Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series (love it!!). This book was hard for me to get into, but overall I ended up getting sucked into the plot. I love the main character, I love Sam (who if you read, is a young boy with both an incredible story and easy to love personality) and the other character grew on me throughout the book. By the end of this book, I'm considering buying the next, because I want to know more. However,  I hesitate because I was not overly impressed by the writing and I did not love that half of this book was told through the perspective of secondary characters.  I may have actually flipped through 1/3 to 1/2 the book without reading it because I simply was not interested. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2013

    Good, but not exceptional.

    What is odd about this book is that imediately after reading it I wanted more. However, after it had sunken in a little I started to see some of its flaws. For example: the plot is very slow going and there are a lot of different perspectives that seems to slow it down even more. So I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who gets bored easily or has a problem with multiple POVs in stories. On the plus side, the indepth world building is enthralling, though the days of the week were confusing and probably unnecessary. The Others are also fascinating in how different they are from humans and that makes their chapters fun to read. I'm definately planning on reading the sequel but I'm also hoping there will be less discussions about pizza and how coffee machines work.
    P.S. I just assumed that a "wave cooker" was a microwave oven.

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    Posted July 18, 2013

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