Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Published on: March 5, 2013
Rating: 4 STARS
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It has been a while since I read a great urban fantasy. I had been a contemporary romance reader for the past two years, therefore, reading a different genre that was a total opposite needed some getting used to. It took me a while to finish this book. The reasons for it are, first, it is a very long book (I am a slow reader), and, second is I needed the time to understand the world in this story, which was completely different than the one I used to.
What is the story about?
The story follows a young woman named Meg Corbyn who is on the run. She is a Cassandra Sangue, that is known as blood prophet, the one that has a rare ability to see the future by doing small cuts on her skin. After having been kept from the world for all of her life by the controller, she runs away from the isolated place. She then arrives at the Other area—the area managed by The Others where humans can come to visit and work to.
The leader of the area is a shapeshifter who can change forms from wolf to human and vice versa named Simon Wolfgard. He sees something special in Meg that is foreign to him from the first time he lays his eyes on her. He then takes her under his wings and gives her the job available at the time, as a human liaison. In his surprise, not only is Meg a hard worker but she is also starting to make friends with all The Others (terra indigene) in the community and all of them fall in love with her.
However, her new happy life does not last long. The controller (part of a secret organization), who uses blood prophets’ abilities for his gain from whom she ran away, is doing his best to find her. Fortunately, her new family is committed to keeping her safe.
What did I love?
Their interaction made me laugh at times. It was one of the factors I loved in this story. 😀
“You weren’t afraid of me when I was Wolf,” he said. “Why are you afraid of Nathan?”
“He’s got big feet!”
An insulted-sounding arrroooo came from the other side of the door, a reminder that Wolves also had big ears.
And this one… LOL
“If you ever scare me like this again, I will eat you!”
The world building and the characters were amazing. I was amazed by its richness from the background, the culture of each being to their unique characteristics provided in this story. I could vividly see the world and the situation the characters were in and feel the emotions each of them portrayed. Anne Bishop managed to describe each of the characters uniquely and successfully maintained it throughout the story. Everything was well thought, ingeniously developed and perfectly worked together.
The story line was awesome. It provided the things needed for me in order to understand the world in general, the background, the current situation, and how each of the characters became the way he or she was now. As a reader who hadn’t read anything but contemporary romance, I felt that all these details were very important to follow the story.
The message of this story was what stood out the most for me. I love animals my whole life and admire other cultures, religions, and everything unique that is totally different. This story showed how evil human beings could be at times while all the other beings have done nothing but to survive. Humans could be mean, selfish and greedy when it came to what they wanted and what they considered different. Isn’t this still happening now in our real lives?
What didn’t work for me?
I had a problem with the third person point of view. It took me a while to connect to the story. I preferred it told from first point of view, either pure from the heroine’s or both with the hero’s. I wanted to have the main characters spoke to me directly instead of having someone outside of the story tell it to me. Had it been told from the first (either from the heroine or with the hero) point of view, it would have left more impact on me. I would have connected more to the characters and the story as a whole, as if I were living and experiencing it myself.
Moreover, the side characters, as enjoyable as they were, did take away my focus at times. I would have loved the main characters (Meg and Simon) to have more interactions. I know it will happen in the next books, but, in my opinion, having readers connect with them as a couple as earlier as possible is important to make them purchase the next books.
However, overall, I did enjoy this book and highly recommend this for those who love great urban fantasy series. Trust me, you will enjoy it. This book is the first in The Others series and each of them need to be read in order. I can’t wait to start the second book. 😀