Series: The Others #1
by Anne Bishop
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Published by Penguin
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Urban
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Review: Written in Red by Anne Bishop. I was pretty excited about this book when I flipped to the first couple of pages and found maps. I thought alright we got some world-building going on. Bought this book in 2017 and then set it on my bookshelf for 3 years. Finally, I pulled it off the shelf to read it. E-books have been so convenient lately that I haven’t opened a real book to read it. It felt nice to get a book in my hands again!
Meg is a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, she can see the future when someone cuts her skin. Cassandra Sangues are put in isolation away from society in facilities that keep them. They are carefully trained with images, so they can explain what they see in their visions. The head of the facility, the controller, sells each cut to people who want to see their future for a high price.
Terra indigene or the Others, the natives of the land Thaisia. After wars and being eaten by the others every time a group of human settlers, the humans finally had a leader who struck a deal with the others that allowed the humans a small piece of land to settle and offer their inventions, technology, and gadgets to the others. But it was very clear that the terra indigene owns that land and humans where just the renters. Human laws do not apply outside of the small human villages. Humans are only allowed in Others land and courtyards when invited or on certain days with very strict rules. So the others employ a human liaison to handle the mail and packages that ship between humans and Others.
Excerpt From Written in Red
“Every Courtyard has its own policy when it comes to dealing with humans . THe Wolfgard have been running this one for the pas few years, and their rules are clear. Kids who hop the fence to look around on a dare get tossed back over the fence and sat on until we pick them up and arrest themfor trespassing . Teenagers will get roughted up, maybe get a bad bite or a broken bone before they’re tossed back over the fence. But any adult who goes in without an invitaiton doesn’t come back out. And if any human-kid, teen, or adult-hops that fence and is carrying a weapon…Kowalski shook his head “The other will leave wallets, keys, and other belongings at the cairn so we know that person isn’t coming back”
Meg escaped the controller and the facility where she was kept and finds herself in the Others territory. Seeking shelter after she escape a help wanted sign posted on a building door about a job opening let her into Simon Wofgaurd. Hoping a job with the Others where human laws don’t apply will give her enough time and money to get further away.
Simon a shapeshifter and the leader of Terra indigene was confused about the none pray smelling human who calls herself Meg and hired her on instinct. Slowly Meg develops a relationship with the Others while trying to avoid the Governments and the Controller’s attempts to get her back.
What I liked
Overall I really enjoyed this book! It had great world-building. I was really invested in the characters, I liked the innocence of Meg, and see her grow as she had new experiences.
This book is different. There is no romance and I don’t usually like unromantic books. I like that the shifters/vampires/fae like don’t have all the same characteristics as usual.
What I didn’t like
It’s pretty slow. A lot of the story is Meg figuring out how to deliver mail and not trying to piss off the shifters by doing it wrong. I feel like a romance is coming between Meg and Simon but it hasn’t happened yet. There is no real reason explained why the shifter liked Meg in the first place. I have a theory but that is it.
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