Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Steal This Book! 5 Stars - Written In Red - Anne Bishop

Title: Written In Red
Author: Anne Bishop
Source: Edelweiss
Genre: UF/thriller/mystery
Length: Novel (448 pgs)
Reviewed by Douglas C. Meeks
Release Date: 5 Mar 2013


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.




Meg Corbyn is a blood prophet but while that is a part of the story it is not THE story. This is a novel of multiple plots all taking place at the same time, the motivations of the individuals are myriad and the interactions are unlike most any other UF/PNR you have read.

Simon is an “Other” and what that means in this world is that he is NOT human and is not sensitive and misunderstood and there is no MINE moment at all in this story. Be aware, the wolves in this story will eat humans if they are provoked and I have not seen one looking for a mate ….yet.

Meg was considered “property” of some unseen entity (we assume human) and she represents thousands possibly millions of dollars to him with her prophetic powers. What this means is that getting her back becomes paramount to the story and the amounts of money are enough to motivate people to cross the “others” which has always been a very, VERY bad idea.

The “others” are the predominate race on the planet BUT the humans seem to forget or are unaware of that fact …… and that is going to cost them …a LOT.

The thing that separates this story from almost all others is partly the world Anne Bishop has created but it is a large part of how Meg who has no real personality manages to befriend these non-humans and the growing relations ships that form.

I can’t delve too deep into this story in a review without giving away a lot of information best discovered while reading the pages of this book. Suffice it to say that of the books I have read in the last year (20oish I would guess), this will be in the Top 10 if not the Top 5. It really is THAT good and if she was not writing a series, she could have added a few more chapters and ended this as an epic stand alone novel.

There is no cliffhanger, it has an ending and leaves a few threads hanging that will build in the next book but this opener will be hard to top in the “can’t sleep until I finish this book” category.

Saying I rate this book 5 Stars is almost an understatement since it was so good. Get this book, steal it if ya have to but you don’t want to miss this one.

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  1. Thanks for the great review! I'm very excited as I just got my copy :P Douglas... I'm becoming a big, big fan of your reviews :) You and I have similar reading tastes and now when I see your reviews, I know I should go check them out!

  2. This was an easy one, it was SO good I almost needed anti-depressants when it ended :) The only bad thing about this book is that it makes everything I have picked up since fade in comparison.


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