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

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

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451417909
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Series: Anne Bishop's Others Series , #1
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 55,964
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Anne Bishop is a winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award for The Black Jewels Trilogy, presented by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts. 

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Written in Red 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 186 reviews.
Meli_Green More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unlike most urban fantasy this is not just another excuse for a romance in a new setting. The story is dark and amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exactly what I've come to anticipate from Anne Bishop--can't put it down, awesome storytelling and characters with teeth. So glad there's more to come!
RickWA More than 1 year ago
Well written with alot of very interesting twists. Sort of a "Host" meets "Mistborn" without the Twilight melodrama
Kanne More than 1 year ago
Well, Ms Bishop has done it again... She has taken a subject that I am not fond of, yet writes a masterful novel. I was more than turned off by the Black Jewels series yet it was intensely compelling. This story is no different. A young on the run with a deadly secret. Possible romance but not realized in this book, so hopefully there will be more !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After the end of The Black Jewel books i was inclined not to like anything this author wrote again...i was so angry...i got this book from the library, just so i could read it & say it was horrible & that it proved my decision to never read her again...unfortunately, i proved myself wrong instead..i loved this book & am sadly highly anticipating the sequel....i will say this for Anne Bishop, she is a master @ character & world building....
AnnaNanner More than 1 year ago
B+...Simple Prose, Complex Characters, and Creative Paranormal Spin In the beginning, the heroine was too sweet to believe. Without having read GR friends rave reviews I would likely have quit reading and returned this hardback to the library. Once I pushed through I was rewarded with a gripping story about a young woman trying to live free, a werewolf struggling with an emotionally crippled child, and an assortment of mysterious secondary characters.  Meg, the heroine, is a Blood Prophet. She is unique among humans. Beneath her sensitive skin are prophecies people are willing to pay hundreds to thousands of dollars for. What I found to be annoying sweet about her character is explained as the story progresses, so please note there is a reason for the childlike quality she projects.  The Others remind me of Patricia Briggs vampires, werewolves, and other paranormals. We are reminded they are monsters with their actions and viewpoints. They are not sexualized, as is common in PNR. They are savage beings who see humans as 'clever meat.' ('Monkey' is a derogatory term for human.) The Others clearly rule this alternate contemporary world.  The prose is simple, which made me feel as if I was reading a young adult novel...at first. Meg's POV had reinforced my perception at the beginning, too. She's 24 years old and so naive. This is explained and the reason links into the world-building. The characters are multilayered with the hidden depths and mysteries to compel readers to follow. There are plenty of adult experiences, points of views, and emotions are present to make this an adult read. (It may also hold appeal to adult reader who enjoys young adult urban fantasy novels.)  Anyway, I gobbled down this book and am anxiously awaiting the next book Murder of Crows, which won't release until next spring. There are still a few mysteries to solve and I feel invested in several characters.  Spoilerish Quote page 165 of 433 Terra indigene leaders needed to meet, needed to talk, needed to decide what should be done. Humans had weapons that could challenge claws and fangs. They had guns and bombs that could kill the shapeshifters and even the Sanguinati when they were in human form.... But nothing could stop the Elementals, which was something humans tended to forget until it was too late. And that was one of the reasons the terra indigene rationed the metals and fuels and other materials humans needed to create their weapons. The outcome of a war wouldn't change, so why should shifters have to die before the monkeys were extinguished? Besides, killing the humans all at once was a waste of meat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A millon stars for this book. It kept me entranced until I finished it, and then I didn't want it to end.
Cassie Siler More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I have read from this author and I am so glad I did. If you are looking for a new spin on the traditiona l  shapeshifter books, then 'Written in Red' is the book for you. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously one of the best urban fantasy I've read all year. I'm not a fan of Bishop's other series, but this is captivating. It has a very satisfying ending but enough threads to carry the overall plot through to other installments. I absolutely hate cliff-hanger endings and i feel they are the mark of and inferior writer. If the writing and world-building are good I'll buy the next one.... seriously the cliff-haner approach is juvenile. Thankfully Bishop does not need to resort to such tired ploys! Buy this book...you won't be sorry! I am eagerly awaiting the next.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Get this one. You won't be able to put it down. You will be chasing down the next installment. Great start to a truly engaging world.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I would recommend this book hands down! I've been reading blogs and reviews left and right looking for a new series because I've been so disappointed lately, but this one is now at my top favorite list.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I have read everything by Anne Bishop and this series, while still a good read, lacked in a lot of ways. Her stories are magical. And this series was ok, but does not stand up to her other work. Anne you are my favorite author along with Diana Gabaldon, and I have to ask who wrote this, because everything "Anne" is missing. Character development, emotional connection, scene realization, gut wrenching plot buildup...just not there. If I hadnt read everything else, I might be singing a different tune, but I will never regret reading all your work.
PollyBennett 9 months ago
Unusual and amazing. This book will grab you and not let you go!
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous 12 months ago
I loved ALL the characters of this book. The Elemental’s were amazing. I love how most people would fear the Shifters with their big sharp teeth, but overlook the cute, petite girl skating on the lake, or the pretty horsey who gets excited over a sugar lump snack. I thought the horses were ADORABLE. Especially when Meg introduces a snack-reward for them making mail deliveries for her. They start pushing each other to be the first in line to get a carrot or sugar lump, they try to get back in line and pretend that they didn’t get their treat. They were seriously cute. I made the mistake of thinking they were cute horses… and I would be dead right now if I lived in this world that the author created. Those horses, and the girls who play on the land, are two of the most deadliest creatures on the Courtyard. They can be sweet one moment and the next they’re turning the snow to quicksand to kill you alive, setting you and your organs on fire with just a touch and and a breath, they’re freezing your innards with just a look. Again, my mind was blown. Aside from the Elemental’s, you have Tess, the coffee shop owner at the Courtyard who’s clearly “other” but no one knows what she is. All you know is to be weary of her hair color because it changes based on her mood, and when her hair is completely black… people die. Let’s just say her hair turns completely black at some point in the story and her characters is fantastically scary. I was completely giddy in my seat when her true form was revealed. Oh, and let’s not forget Sam, the Wolf pup who’s mom was killed right next to him by hunters when they were out running around the Courtyard as wolves. Since that day, two years ago, Sam has been a fearful pup who won’t talk to anyone, won’t change back to human, and hasn’t aged a day since. He spends all his time shaking in a cage terrified by everyone and everything. However, when Meg is asked to keep an eye on him while Simon has to run off to do Shifter business, Meg comes up with a system for the pup. She puts him in a harness and leashes him up to her (since he can’t be trusted to not run off when outside), and she calls it the “adventure buddy system.” That way they can pull each other out of snowbanks if one falls in. She completely plays up this harness and leash idea to him and it works! Pretty soon she’s spotted all over the courtyard with a Wolf pup on a leash and harness and let’s just say the other Shifters of the Courtyard were not thrilled by seeing one of their own on a leash and harness. I just loved how Meg came into the Courtyard and shook things up. Pretty soon the Wolves are lazying about on the dog beds she ordered and fighting over the dog cookies she brings into work. It was all pretty comical. Which was a good thing because there was so much darkness around the Shifters and their nature that the short spurts of comedy helped lighten the mood a bit. I wasn’t expecting anything crazy from this book but I was completely blown away by the story and characters within. I honestly was planning to give this a 4 star rating but considering how much I’ve gushed about it, how excited I got as I typed all these words, how much I’m itching to get the next book so that I can pop back into their world, and the fact that I haven’t even finished my morning coffee yet speaks volumes. If you’re looking for a book that is heavy in the paranormal, is plenty dark and gruesome and TRUE to the cha
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I loved just about everything about this book! I can't believe that I waited so long to finally start reading this series. I bought this book 2 years ago but for some reason never actually started reading it. I should have read it then but I am making up for lost time now. Once I really started getting hooked on this book, I didn't want to stop. This is one of those rare books that make me want to lose myself in the world within its pages. Meg is pretty awesome. Since I don't usually read book summaries before starting books, I had no idea what was going on with Meg. I was as lost about who and what she was as Simon, Henry, Tess, and all the others at the courtyard. I figured out pretty early on that she was smart, tough, and able to think on her feet. She went about doing things in a completely unorthodox manner but she tended to get results. There was an innocence about Meg that I liked and I also liked the fact that she was willing to take suggestions and input from others. The world building was amazing. I read the first part of the book at a pretty slow pace largely because I wanted to make sure that I was completely taking in this world that Meg is a part of. The attitude and feelings between the humans and the Others was quite original. As a human, I have never thought of myself as meat but I suppose it is all in how you look at a situation. The Courtyard was a world on its own. I liked the idea of shops open to both humans and the Others and it was interesting to witness some of the interactions. The story had so much going for it. Everything that happened with Sam really helped me see just how special Meg and Simon really were. The Elementals and Vampires on this world were very original and powerful. The pacing of the book was very well done and by the end of the story, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. The writing was at times detailed but I think everything added to the story. I would highly recommend this book to others. I am planning to binge read this entire series because I am so taken with this world and its characters.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
From the first scene, as Meg Corbyn is running in the snow towards the lights of the Lakeside Courtyard, I was gripped with tension, my eyes moving rapidly over the words that would take me to the next step in this plot. When Meg meets shapeshifter Simon to apply for the Human Liaison job, this authors words filled me with hope that he would give it to her, to help keep her from the people chasing her. That was before I even knew what they all were! Anne Bishop set the stage for an amazing new world of shifters, vampires, elementals, etc. and most importantly what Meg is, a Cassandra Sangue. Meg’s innocence in a world that she had only seen at a distance was the impetus that moved this story forward. Her relationship as the Human Liaison to the terra indigenes in this courtyard built from ‘entertaining’ human to ‘one of us’ was so deftly played that when Meg’s dangerous past makes a play against the residents in the Courtyard the lockdown against these intruders clanged loudly like an iron gate slamming shut. Surprising me with its resonance. It is always effective to see caring emotion displayed so strongly but when the history between the terra indigenes and humans has been filled with fear and hatred the strength of that caring becomes even more apparent. It makes me think Meg’s Human Liaison role may become something even larger. A Liaison for all humanity? I can’t wait to find out! Admittedly, this is my favorite genre to read, but even a novice to a paranormal mystery would love the tense storyline, amazing characters and relationships built between these races. Prepare to see more reviews from this series, because I have moved them all up on my TBR list! ❤❤❤❤❤
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I decided to read this book because my local librarian was reading it and said it was great. Within the first few words i was transported into the story. I'm on love and have to read them all
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are fascinating. The story is gripping, suspenseful, addicting! Truly enjoyed, well worth the cost. Really hope Ms Bishop's next book in this series maintains the depth of this one.
Dianne57 More than 1 year ago
I have not read another author that can world and character build like Anne Bishop does. Her Black Jewels Trilogy is one that I pull out to re-read at least once a year. This new series appears to be one that I am going to be doing the same thing with. She has written this with her usual realism and you tend to think, “I know these people” or “I’ve been to this town” while you are reading. Moreover, when you are done with the book, the book is not done with you. You will walk away wondering about the characters, how are they doing in their world now that you’ve finished the book. You are also wondering just when the next book will be coming out! Meg Corbyn is a cassandra sangue (Blood Prophet) and has run away from her keepers. And when I say ‘keepers,’ I mean that literally. She has never experienced anything ever that may stimulate her. All that she knows of the world was taught to her via pictures and edited film clips while sitting in a classroom filled with others like her. She is there for one specific purpose, to be a Prophet. One that needs to be cut/sliced in a very specific way to make her predictions. She has run right into Lakeside, a sort of town that caters to the Others but also in a small way to the Humans. The Others - the terra indigene are shape shifters, vampires and Elementals that do not like, do not trust, do not need the humans. In this world, the Others rule and by that I mean that if the humans do something in this territory that the Others don’t like – the human becomes a meal. After all Human Laws Do Not Apply here. Anne Bishop has made the character of Meg a sympathetic one; she is a fish out of water and someone who might frustrate you if she never grew. However, grow Meg does and while she stays afraid of a lot of things even at the end of the book, she has very good reasons to be afraid. She has seen a vision of her own death after all. Simon Wolfgard is the shape shifting well…wolf, that has hired her to be the towns Human Liaison/mail clerk and he seems to be regretting it as time goes on…he also seems to be getting attached to Meg. He does not trust her, but you can feel the interest sizzling at the perimeter Meg and Simon’s interactions. However, under Ms Bishop’s deft pen, it is never obvious. Naturally, there is more than one story line going on. There is a very interesting one involving a woman called Asia who is sending information about Simon and Meg back to someone she thinks wants to eventually do a TV show staring her. There are tons of characters. There is a lot of sly humor in this novel. Ms Bishop has added an interesting bit at the beginning of the book to let the reader know how this world evolved, how man became food instead of the top of the food chain. I don’t know what more I can tell you about this book that wouldn’t ruin the story for you so I will just end with this ---this is a fantastic book, it is one that you will want to turn around and re-read as soon as you are done with the first read. One more thing I will say, this series is vastly different from The Black Jewels books yet it is similar in some ways. This book seems to be appropriate for anyone over 16. There is some strong and salty language. There is some sexual innuendo – not too overt though. There is some violence but not as much as you would think for a book like this.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put down this book! It is gritty and very realistic. The characters develop slowly in natural progression. The plot is involved but not so much that it is overload and the author has human nature down to a T ;) Please read and enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If it wasn't for the interesting central character of Meg, this story would have only earned a single star rating. The plot line is horribly arranged and the editor should have insisted on a an extensive re-write. The introduction of characters lasted into chapter 5. The real, central crux, or issue leading to the climax, was never really identified. The first-person point of view changed too frequently, with a count of around 10 or more characters showing us their thoughts -- even tertiary characters that had less than five paragraphs and were only introduced in the climaxing action. Also, for characters that aren't supposed to understand each other's motives, these characters seem to be really omniscent. Immediatly upon meeting Meg, Simon figures out she is running from someone. What?!? That makes no sense; and the whole story is filled with these amazing leaps of intution. And then the actual plot line is really screwy. The author is obviously trying to set up for multiple books because she is introducing lots of issues and confusing the reader as to what is really the problem for THIS story. The only redeeming element of the story is that Meg is a fortune-telling character who must use her blood through a cut in her skin. Very controverisal in our culture. However, the curse of a Cassandra was that while they saw the future no one would believe them. Here, the Others are all too willing to believe, so the main character flaw of the character is completely skewed. There is not much here to convince me to read the next book. I nearly stopped reading this one but decided I didn't have anything better to read. Now that I've finished it, I almost wished I had searched out something else instead.
kell0398 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I loved all the characters. I love the relationship that Meg built with Sam. They are so much alike yet so different. I can't wait to read the next one in the series.