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Written in Red (Novel of the Others) [Mass Market Paperback]

Anne Bishop
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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: 17.5 x 10.8 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 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
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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 excellent highly recommended. 22 Aug 2014
By allison
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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. The characters were well drawn, and engaging. The story line felt realistic - and it was concise. There did not feel to me anyway as though there was any of the material that could and should have omitted. In short, I loved it. And I have broken the habits of a lifetime to order the next two books despite the fact that I think the prices for a kindle book are excessive!
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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
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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 Five Stars
Can't wait for the next instalment..
Published 3 days 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 5 days ago by Keen Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome novel. Can't wait for the next one
Published 25 days 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 27 days ago by G R Comber
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 2 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 2 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 3 months ago by M. Paton
5.0 out of 5 stars Written in Red
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... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ronda
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