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Written In Red: A Novel of the Others [Kindle Edition]

Anne Bishop
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2758 KB
  • Print Length: 513 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451417909
  • Publisher: Roc; Reissue edition (5 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RD34VO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,825 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good yarn, with lost opportunities 17 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
In an alternate North America, where the first European settlers found fierce primordial creatures instead of Native Americans, humans and so-called Others live in uneasy co-habitation. The Others or terra indigene (earth natives) live in Courtyards near the larger human settlements, and Meg Corbyn finds herself in one of these when she escapes from enforced confinement. She is a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, used by the highest bidder to catch glimpses of the future by cutting her skin. In order to survive, she must avoid the Controller's agents who wish to reclaim her, while doing her best to assimilate herself into an Others Courtyard run by shape-shifting Wolf, Simon Wolfgard.

I was drawn to this book by its premise: I love alternate world fiction, especially when the Point of Divergence has a supernatural element to it. I am a huge fan of the original Kushiel trilogy by Jacqueline Carey, and thought this might be a similar idea but set in a more modern time frame. When I read the opening chapter, which explains this fictional Earth's origin myth, I got excited by the ways in which this story might explore the implications of that myth. Unfortunately, it did not, and Written In Red turned out to be , for me, a pedestrian, hum-drum urban fantasy that treads no new ground.

My first misgiving comes from the Others themselves: they are set up as beings whose real nature is beyond human understanding, and yet their characterisations don't follow through with this. We are led to believe they are spirits who inhabit a North America with no understanding of European humans before the first wave of migrants arrived. However, with names like 'Simon', 'Elliott', 'Henry' and so on, they all conform to white, Euro-centric descriptions.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Series Opener 1 Mar 2013
Format:Hardcover
Written In Red: A Novel of the Others
By: Anne Bishop

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 left 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. After all, Meg isn't even known by a name, she has a designation -a number - she is known as cs759 . 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. Since her keeper/Controller can receive huge amounts of money for her predictions, she is being hunted extensively now that she has run away. 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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant new world from Anne Bishop....... 25 April 2013
By Kjaks
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
What a great book to start off Anne's new World of the Others? I read it so fast in one sitting as I couldn't get enough. Definitely well worth a read if you like climbing inside a story and making yourself at home. Please hurry and bring out another one soon, I cannot wait to read more! I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did x
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
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Any Twilight fans will love this
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5.0 out of 5 stars warning 5 July 2014
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If you want time to catch up on your sleep make sure you start reading this book when you know you have the opportunity to sleep into the following day. If you don't, a lot of self control will be required to ensure that you don't stay up till the wee hours of the morning. Which is what I did. I have barely had 4 hours sleep and yet all I can think about is this book. Wishing I had savoured it more as it was so fantastic loved loved loved it
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Anne Bishop never fails to keep me turning the pages and I am not going to give you any spoilers. If you've enjoyed other Anne Bishop books, what are you waiting for!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally fab!! 17 Jun 2014
By S. Finn
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Have now read this three times, love it every time, have pre-ordered the next book in the series. if same standard maintained this series could rank up there with The Black Jewels series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Written in Red 4 May 2014
By Ronda
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I finished reading a trilogy a little while ago and I rated the books with 5 stars... They were stunning books to read and they sit proudly on my 'favourite' shelf of 2014 (Shadow Reader, Sandy Williams). I didn't think I'd come across any books that would rate the same as these - and then I put my hands on Written in Red by Anne Bishop!!!!

The book was easy reading, exciting, gripping, tantalising, beautiful and one that I hated putting down. I can honestly say that my working career was in the way of this book - the book that I want to rate with more stars than I am allowed to give it.

The story centres around The Others, the creatures that see humans as meat. Simon is The Pack Leader and he shares the courtyard with The Others, the elementals, the vampires, coyote and a bear! There are creatures that reside here that humans don't even know about... and even The Others are unaware of all of them, Tess!

Meg is on the run and Simon agrees to give her a job instead of tossing her out in the deathly winter storm... She doesn't smell like prey and confuses his wolf.

Meg is different...

Sam is Simon's young nephew, his mother was murdered by humans and they have yet to be found. Since his mother's death, Sam has remained in wolf form... then Sam meets Meg, the new Liaison Officer.

The story's main line is finding out what Meg is and why her 'controller' wants her back. We work our way through why The Others are where they are and who most of them are. We learn about humans being 'meat' and simply prey.

This story was absolutely fantastic, a story so gripping I will be thinking of it for days to come.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant sucked in another Anne bishop world !!
Loved the the black jewells books and got sucked into another world once again with this book ! Can't wait for the next book !!
Published 1 day ago by J. Alman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Can't wait for the next instalment..
Published 2 months ago by V Setford-Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It had good characters, an interesting plot and a well described setting.
I am now reading the sequel which is living up to expectations too.
Published 2 months ago by Keen Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome novel. Can't wait for the next one
Published 2 months ago by Megan White
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A fascinating new concept written in Anne Bishop's elegant prose. Very much looking forward to the next one.
Published 2 months ago by G R Comber
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent highly recommended.
I rarely if ever feel the need to leave a review - but this was probably the best visualised new world I have read in a very long time. Read more
Published 4 months ago by allison
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - must read
One of the best series I have read for some time. I was hooked from the first page and couldn't wait to ready the second in the series. I am now waiting for the third.
Published 4 months ago by T. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb - even better than 'Black Jewels' (if that's possible !)
A fantastic concept and superb world building. Ms Bishop has done it again. Treat yourself to a really good read.
Published 4 months ago by Dela
3.0 out of 5 stars Arrogant pricing for subsequent books in the series. Would YOU pay £14...
An excellent start to a series in an urban fantasy, but not outstanding enough to merit 5 stars, simply because it's very typical of it's genre. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Paton
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