Written in Red (The Others #1)

Written in Red

Author: Anne Bishop
Published: March 5, 2013
Pages: 433

Stars: 4 out of 5


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.


This book is interesting in how society was created and the status quo is maintained. Written in red is a book where paranormal creatures, or Others as they are referred to, run the town and very possibly the world. Humans are given the slang name and referee to as Hairless gibbering monkeys and are hardly tolerated. The book switches character perspective throughout each chapter. At first I found this annoying but most of the perspectives were from Meg or Simon and that wasn’t bad. Meg is a unique character because she is able to tell the future when she cuts her skin. Simon is the leader of lakeside courtyard and hires Meg. I’m still not sure what kind of relationship Meg and Simon develop, but nonetheless, its intriguing.

The book is interesting in how it’s not a typical romantic viewpoint on paranormals. I’m not sure I would consider this book a mystery, romance, or suspense. I’m not actually sure what category this book would fall under. It was entertaining, the plot was well created, but wished something more came from Simon and Meg.

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