I know I’m a little late in picking up this series but in my defence I was really looking forward to those soft mass market paperbacks. Do you guys know what I’m talking about? The ones that are so flexible and bendable without actually breaking the spine and damaging the book in general. I love those. So yeah, I’ve been waiting to pick up this series in mass market paperbacks. So when I found them at a Black Friday deal at my local bookstore I was quick to purchase them. I practically devoured Written in Red and Murder of Crows this past weekend because this series is THAT good but back to Written in Red, here’s the synopsis from Goodreads.
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
The first thing I thought when I started reading this was this is different. And it is. In fact, it was so unique I had a bit of trouble recalibrating my brain into accepting the ways the Others thought of humans.
That being said, the things I loved most about this book was the world-building, which was done exquisitely. From the werewolf culture to the way the Others interact with humans, Written in Red presents a wholly different take on werewolf-human relations. I also liked Meg a lot. I loved learning about this new world through her eyes. She was such a fresh take on an otherwise overdone protagonist that I couldn’t help myself but love her for it. I enjoyed her interactions with the Others and especially with Simon’s nephew Sam. Those two together were so adorable!! I think it was easier for Meg to connect with Sam because of her innate childlike innocence, which should be a testament to how well written this book is because I usually find childlike behavior in my heroines annoying.
What I didn’t like, however, was the villain(s). I found Asia Crane a tad boring and more irritating than threatening. I couldn’t be bothered with her scenes but I forced myself to power through them so I can get back to the good bits, which is not how you want your readers to feel about the bad guy in your book.
All in all, I thought this was a great start to a new UF/Paranormal series and while I found the villain a bit of a letdown it didn’t detract too much from my overall enjoyment of the book. What made me pick up the second book, however, was the fact that Written in Red didn’t jump straight into the predictable pattern of human-werewolf love and while there is an undeniable attraction between Meg and Simon, they both find each other too confusing to even entertain the possibility of a relationship between them. I, personally, cannot wait to pick up the next installments and see what Bishop has in store for us.