Apr 23, 2013

Book Review: Written in Red


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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One of my favorite series of all times is the The Black Jewels that was written by Anne Bishop and came out about twelve or thirteen years ago.   Because this series was so good, I have always kept an eye out for books by Ms. Bishop and I am sad to say that her other series have disappointed me.  That is until this book.  

While very different from her The Black Jewels  series in that one is a dark fantasy set in what might be considered in a medieval setting whereas WRITTEN IN BLOOD is an urban fantasy, both are examples of fantasy at its best.  Another thing that they both have in common just how intricate both world and societies are.  This depth really allows the characters to shine.  And the characters in WRITTEN IN BLOOD is what really kept me so entranced.  

Each and every one of the characters are so real and unique.  I loved watching Meg discover just how the world really works and her unique take on how to deal with the Others that surround her.  And the Others such as Simon and Tess are not quite sure just how to deal with Meg though they quickly accept her as one of their own.  Even the Others such as Winter that don't usually have much to do with anyone adopt Meg.

I do highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys urban fantasy and to other lovers of Anne Bishop who have just been waiting for to have another of those 'can't put down' series.  I rate this book a 4.8.
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