Really Really Short Reviews: Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Really Really Short Reviews

Welcome to Really Really Short Reviews were the name is long and the reviews are short! Because sometimes short is that much sweeter. (Also, because I’m really lazy!) And there might be quotes too (lots and lots)! (Because everyone loves quotes, right?)

Written in Red - Anne BishopPublisher: NAL Hardcover (March 5th 2013)
Hardcover: 433 pages
Series: The Others #1
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Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

No one creates realms like New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop. Now in a thrilling new fantasy series, enter a world inhabited by the Others, unearthly entities—vampires and shape-shifters among them—who rule the Earth and whose prey are humans.

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.


Most of the terra indigene didn’t want to love humans; they wanted to eat them. Why did humans have such a hard time understanding that?

This book came highly recommended to me, so I’m actually kind of sad that I didn’t love this as much as I though I hoped I would. (Not to say I didn’t enjoy it.)

The beginning was kind of confusing. I don’t know if it’s because I didn’t/don’t really read a lot of urban fantasy, but the universe…I took me a bit before I had it all figured it out and into it. It was pretty cool though. Basically you have these paranormal creatures living next to the humans and there’s a spot (where the story mostly is) where they mingle.

Anyway, further into the story it did get really good (and intense).

Meg is surprisingly sweet. Simon is surprising hilarious.  Lots of interesting (and adorable! I love Sam) secondary characters. And we can’t forget about the annoying bad guys, too.

People who entered the Courtyard without an invitation were just plain crazy! Wolves were big and scary and so fluffy, how could anyone resist hugging one just to feel all that fur?

“Ignore the fluffy,” she muttered. “Remember the part about big and scary.”

If you like urban fantasy, or a series with good werewolf/shape-shifter culture, it’s definitely worth checking out. I need to pick up book 2. I think that I’ve got a better grasp of the story, it can only get better from here right?


“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.”


“Is there some kind of rule for when Sam should be a boy and when he’s a Wolf?”

“A Wolf lifts his leg and yellows up the snow. A boy has to use the toilet.”

“And that will work?”

“Only if he needs to pee.”

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum OT, procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

0 Replies to “Really Really Short Reviews: Written in Red by Anne Bishop”

  1. Yeah, usually the beginning of UF, and even the first book, tends to be a lot of world building. I plan to read this withing the next couple weeks.

    1. Very true! It took me a bit before I had it all figured out, haha.
      Hope you enjoy, can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it!

  2. I didn’t love this book at first read and handed it over to my sister and said it was meh, but if you want to give it a try, here it is. For some reason I reread it when she gave it back and I loved it. Not sure why there was a change. I’ve read it several times and listened to it on audio book many times at work. I love the narrator.

    I got a free version of Vision in Silver (book 3) yesterday for review and I’m at 80%. It’s a bit sad, but considering what happens in Murder of Crows…..

    1. Sometimes, a second chance/read helps for some reason! Happy to hear the audiobook is good!
      Oh no, I do bad with sad ): haha. I definitely need to get to reading the rest of the series. Hope you’re enjoying them!

  3. “He’s got big feet!” LOL. This book has been on my TBR list for quite some time and I cannot wait to read it. I just really love fantasy books, anything with vamps and wolves, I will read.

    1. It was on mine for a while too before the hype around it got to me, haha. It’s definitely an interesting universe! Hope you enjoy it (:

  4. Oh my gosh it gets SO much better in Book 2, especially since you’ve grasped the mythology and stuff. It does take a while to wrap your head around it.

    1. Ahh, okay good to know! I figured book 2 got better since it was really picking it up at the end of book 1. I got sucked into the Kate Daniels series right now, but I’m hoping to get back to this one soon!

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