Book Review – Written In Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop

Posted March 31, 2017 by Geybie's Book Blog in Book Review / 52 Comments

Written In Red: A Novel of the Others by [Bishop, Anne]Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Standalone/Series: Series
Published on: March 5, 2013
Pages: 514
Source: gifted
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!”
“What?”
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. 😀

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52 responses to “Book Review – Written In Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop

  1. Lovely review, Geybie! I have it on my TBR and am really curious to see whether it’ll turn out to be a hit or a miss for me. Like you, I’m a hard-core romance fan, so straying away from the genre is risky.

    • Oh I was afraid of ending up not loving it at first, but this story really won me over. Yes, I did have issues, but I loved it in general. You need to give it a try. It’s great. Yes, it took some getting used to but it was worth it. 😀

  2. I am so glad you enjoyed this. I didn’t mind the perspective, but I did listen to these first on audio and the narrator helped. While key characters are a focus, Bishop really takes us into the world and community..thus the score of secondary characters.

    • It is a great series, Quinn. I’ve rarely read paranormal or urban fantasy. I’d been into contemporary these last two years, but I love this series and will read another UF in the future. I hope you give it a try. It’s awesome. 😀

    • Yes, the many POVs are the problem, but I love this series despite my issues. I’m reading book 2 now and planning to read the rest. It’s been a while since the last time I read a series non-stop. This is a new record. I have a feeling it’s getting better and better. 😀

  3. carolesrandomlife

    I am almost done with the newest book in this series. I have read all of them in the past month and have really enjoyed them. I am glad you enjoyed this one as well.

  4. bookwormbrandee

    I’m so happy you stepped out of your box, so to speak, and ended up enjoying something in a genre you haven’t read much of. 🙂 This is a series I’ve been meaning to start FOREVER. So I’m excited to see you liked it. Good world building and characters make for a good read. I’ll see about bumping this one up in the queue, Geybie! Great review!

  5. Drangonfly

    This is the first time I read an explanation why someone prefers first person POV! Even though I prefer deep third person POV everything you explained made perfect sense! I think I will love the message of this book as well because I admire other cultures and religions as well and I agree with that humankind can be very cruel.😔 I’ve been procrastinating reading this series because I’m also going through a contemporary phase now 😜 But I want to read it so badly now! I’m starting to miss my urban fantasies 😊 Great review!

    • Yes, third POV sometimes could be a miss or hit to me. I much prefer first POV. Fortunately, this series has a deep third person POV; I’m getting used to it.
      Oh yeah, I’ve never thought I would enjoy a genre other than Contemporary. I’ve been into it for two years. I’m glad I try a different one. It’s kinda refreshing. 😀
      I hope you have a great week.

  6. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Fair warning, though, the number of different POVs increase in order to get a bigger picture of what’s going on and how it’ all connected. Can’t wait to see what you think of the rest of the series.

  7. I’m reading the second book now and loving it so far. I’ve got used to the third POV plus the many different POVs. I’m planning on finishing the entire series this week. #fingerscrossed 😀

  8. I’ve been seeing good things about this series. I plan to pick up the first book at Audible and give it a try. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Glad you are enjoying some urban fantasies in addition to your romances. 🙂

  9. I love this series! So much urban fantasy is aimed at the YA market, it’s nice to read a series that attempts to appeal to everyone. And the world building is fantastic.

  10. Awesome review! Like you, I typically stick with contemporaries so picking this one up was something I just did on a whim. And I’m so glad I did! I was so invested in the characters and the story. I just downloaded the second book and am starting that one today. So excited to find out what happens next!

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

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