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512N3p5W-4L._SX308_BO1,204,203,200_“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.”

Stars: ****

 

Thoughts:

Anne Bishop is an extremely talented fantasy writer whose carefully crafted worlds suck you in and don’t want to let go. As a teenager I fell in love with the fantasy genre through Anne’s Black Jewels Trilogy. Much of the detail and world-building in that series inspired my own works. In Written in Red, the first book of the Others series, Anne is able to create another fantastic world: similar to our own yet strange enough to envelop the reader in a sense of wonder. She takes the worn-out tropes of werewolves, vampires, prophets and witches and remakes them in her own unique way.  The characters come to life and are believable from the first page. Mixing just the right amount of humor, love, horror and mystery together, the story keeps you hooked from the first chapter to the last.