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  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; Reissue edition (4 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451417909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451417909
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro on 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Paul Jebb on 17 Mar. 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronda on 4 May 2014
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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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