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Review: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

March 18th, 2017 Kristie Posted in Review No Comments »

Etched in BoneTitle: Etched in Bone

Author: Anne Bishop

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: The Others (Book #5)

Publication Date: March 7, 2017

Format: Hardcover, 397 Pages

ISBN-10: 045147449X (Roc/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451474490 (Roc/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop returns to her world of the Others, as humans struggle to survive in the shadow of shapeshifters and vampires far more powerful than themselves…

After a human uprising was brutally put down by the Elders—a primitive and lethal form of the Others—the few cities left under human control are far-flung. And the people within them now know to fear the no-man’s-land beyond their borders—and the darkness…

As some communities struggle to rebuild, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all their efforts are threatened when Lieutenant Montgomery’s shady brother arrives, looking for a free ride and easy pickings.

With the humans on guard against one of their own, tensions rise, drawing the attention of the Elders, who are curious about the effect such an insignificant predator can have on a pack. But Meg knows the dangers, for she has seen in the cards how it will all end—with her standing beside a grave.

Quick & Dirty: How dangerous can one human truly be toward the terra indigene? The answer: More dangerous than the Elders could have imagined.

Opening Sentence: As they gathered in the wild country between Tala and Etu, two of the Great Lakes, their footsteps filled the land with a terrible silence.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The fifth book in the Others series by Anne Bishop is Etched in Bone. It is a story that hits a little close to home right now so as amazing as the storytelling was I had a hard time dealing with Lieutenant Montgomery’s brother. This series has always held some kind of message but this is the one message that really got to me. Some humans are awful no matter what and they have no problem bringing others down for their own selfish gain. This novel can be read as a standalone but I don’t recommend it. The author does a good job of recapping past events and they don’t really predicate to this story but it would definitely help with background of characters and why things are the way they are.

A couple months have passed since the destruction of human towns and cities by the terra indigene. Towns are rebuilding and some communities are growing by combining Others, humans and Intuits. The humans who don’t want to work with the Others are moving to the all human settlements so food and other goods are being rationed. Lieutenant Montgomery’s family moved to Lakeside to avoid the storm but they left a toxic member of the family behind, at least they thought they did. When Lieutenant Montgomery’s brother, Cyrus, learns about the awesome deal his family is getting in Lakeside he has no problem inserting himself into the community hoping for a free ride. What Cyrus doesn’t know is that there is no such thing as a free ride with the Others, Simon expects him to do his fair share of work and then he will be compensated for it.

Simon, Vlad and the Others from the Lakeside Courtyard know that Cyrus is a bad dude but Simon is told by two Elders that he cannot kick him out because they want to observe this Cyrus and see why one lone human could spell trouble for the terra indigene. They don’t think he will do anything to them but maybe to other humans which they don’t care for. Cyrus causes so much trouble that he threatens to break the truce that the humans and Others have worked so hard towards.

Cyrus likes to take advantage of people and will do whatever he can to screw over whomever helps him out. He forces his sister to starve so he can make money selling her food. He is willing to rob the Others by hiring other people to do the dirty work. He is abusive, manipulative and hostile. He is smart enough to do these bad things but keep himself out of it so he won’t get in trouble for it because he always has an excuse.

This installment is dark and deals with some really terrible issues. Not only is Cyrus a terrible person but so is his son who has been acting out like his father. The son also does some really nasty things which made me feel really sad toward some of the other characters in this series.

Meg and Simon really begin to realize their attraction. They don’t so much as discuss it with each other but you as the reader understand how their feelings are complicating their relationship. This is not a romance novel but I was really hoping for some development on the romantic side then there was because I was convinced (from the first book) that the orgasmic high Meg gets from cutting she will also get with sex with Simon, which would also help her to not cut as much… but oh well.

Overall, this is a series that I will stick with and I can’t wait to see where it goes next. I am a little bummed to see book six follows a completely new set of characters. I really hope there is something with Meg and Simon. And Tess. And Vlad. I’m really going to miss these characters. I feel like they still have more stories to tell.

Notable Scene:

They were Wolves, and they were fast. But not fast enough.

The human boy hit Sam and broke skin. Sam grabbed the boy’s wrist and sank his teeth into the boy’s hand—a punishing bite, even if delivered with human teeth.

Mostly human teeth, Simon amended, seeing Wolf fangs when Sam leaped away and snarled.

The boy screamed, flailed—and hit Meg in the face.

“Meg!” Sam howled as fur suddenly covered his face and limbs and his head began to change to accommodate a Wolf’s jaws and teeth. He leaped on the boy, and Simon, feeling the same fury as he caught the scene of Meg’s blood, knew what would happen if Sam managed to get his teeth into the boy’s throat.

The Others Series:

1. Written in Red

2. Murder of Crows

3. Vision in Silver

4. Marked in Flesh

5. Etched in Bone

6. Lake Silence (2018)

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FTC Advisory: Roc/Penguin provided me with a copy of Etched in Bone. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

March 17th, 2017 Kristie Posted in Review No Comments »

Marked in FleshTitle: Marked in Flesh

Author: Anne Bishop

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: The Others (Book #4)

Publication Date: March 8, 2016

Format: Hardcover, 399 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451474473 (Roc/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451474476 (Roc/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

For centuries, the Others and humans have lived side by side in uneasy peace. But when humankind oversteps its bounds, the Others will have to decide how much humanity they’re willing to tolerate—both within themselves and within their community…

Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn, see the new, closer companionship as beneficial—both personally and practically.

But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don’t realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land that belongs to the Others—and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs…

Quick & Dirty: Dark and heartbreaking installment where war finally comes for the humans and Others. I did not want to put this book down!

Opening Sentence: The sweet blood has changed things.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Marked in Flesh, the fourth installment of the Others series by Anne Bishop kept me just as enthralled as the first book in the series, Written in Red. This is the novel where shit hits the fan and the Elders come out to play and they don’t play nicely. The story has been leading to this moment over the course of the last couple books so I highly, highly recommend reading the previous books first. The beginning started off a bit slow setting up the war but when terrible things started happening I did not want to put this book down.

The Humans First and Last movement are finally making their move to take over all the land from the Others. At the beginning of the novel the HFL attack a pack of animals to see how the Others will react to the attack. In the meantime, Meg is trying to figure out other ways for the other cassandra sangue to not cut themselves. She is also continuing to work with her human friends to come up with a book of guidelines for these delicate women’s care. Simon is trying to answer the question posed to him by the Elders at the end of the last book.

Others that have met Meg are beginning to go out of their way and help some of the Intuit Human population and humans that they know harbor no ill will towards the Others. They know something bad is coming and are offering their help to gather supplies and safe locations to help hide them from the HFL and Elders. The Lakeside cops who are friends to the Lakeside Courtyard are doing everything they can in order to teach people that this war is not a good thing, that something bigger and badder is on its way and it is nothing like they’ve never seen before. These beings are hiding for a reason.

Marked in Flesh still had me emotionally everywhere. I was happy, furious and tearing up. I was really enthralled with this book because I really wanted to know how the visions would play out and how this war was going to tear this world apart. I also really want to know how Meg and Simons relationship will continue to grow and this one takes a really strange turn but it is funny.

I really enjoy the writing style. There is still some unnecessary descriptive writing but I think that Is part of the reason that I enjoy these books so much. I haven’t read any of Bishop’s true fantasy novels but I know I will have to pick them up at a later date because of how much I like these books. These books do still feel more fantasy-ish than the typical urban fantasy.

Overall, this is a must-read story for those who want something different and original. This world is so different from all the other paranormals. I can’t wait to see how this world continues to grow, how these creatures learn to get along and how the relationship will evolve with Simon and Meg but I’m really looking forward to the fallout and how the world itself will evolve.

Notable Scene:

No. No, no no! She’d had a happy day yesterday sketching the Wolf pups and juveniles. She’d drawn her friends as they napped and played and chased one another. Why, today, had she drawn them looking like this?

She tore the page in half, then in half again, before shoving the pieces under her bed. This wasn’t a vision drawing. It wasn’t! Her friends were whole and healthy! They weren’t missing limbs. They weren’t trying to crawl away from danger with their heads bashed to pulp. They weren’t lying in a field burned beyond recognition.

“It’s a bad drawing.” Hope sprang to her feet, intending to leave the cabin, to get away from the pencils and pastels and paper that told lies. “Won’t be real. Can’t be real.”

The Others Series:

1. Written in Red

2. Murder of Crows

3. Vision in Silver

4. Marked in Flesh

5. Etched in Bone

6. Lake Silence (2018)

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FTC Advisory: Roc/Penguin provided me with a copy of Marked in Flesh. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

March 16th, 2017 Kristie Posted in Review No Comments »

Vision in SilverTitle: Vision in Silver

Author: Anne Bishop

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: The Others (Book #3)

Publication Date: March 3, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 400 Pages

ISBN-10: 045146527X (Roc/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451465276 (Roc/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

The Others freed the cassandra sangue  to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before—both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him.

Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She knows each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon’s only hope of ending the conflict.

For the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon’s doorstep…

Quick & Dirty: Another excellent installment in the Others series even though this novel felt like a bridge novel leading up to something major within the series.

Opening Sentence: Meg Corbyn entered the bathroom in the Human Liaison’s Office and laid out the items she’d labeled the tools of prophecy: antiseptic ointment, bandaged, and the silver folding razor decorated with pretty leaves and flowers on one side of the handle.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The third installment of the Others series, Vision in Silver, continues the dark and extraordinary world of the mysterious Others and the humans who hope to gain control. Three novels in and I am still on the edge of my seat for how this war will be solved. I am also intrigued by how Meg and Simon’s relationship will evolve as the books progress. The multiple POV’s add new characters in this thrilling alternate world. I highly recommend reading the two previous books in this series because the overall story continues through all the books. I think book three is more of a bridge book but the lines of war are drawn and some terrible things happen that will draw repercussions to the next books in the series.

Spring has come to the Lakeside Courtyard. It is a time of renewal, for the Humans have started to change the Others in a way that may be better for Humankind. The biggest challenge that the Others are having to deal with is the release of the cassandra sangue. These blood prophets cannot deal with being in the outside world and stimuli, plus it doesn’t help matters that the humans have lied to them their entire lives so they see the Others as the big, scary enemy. The Others are also learning to adapt to the few “nice” humans who have protected Meg and are helping to use their strength to protect those humans who don’t believe in the Humans First and Last movement.

Vision in Silver focuses on the animalistic side of the Others and how they cannot quite understand the motivations and actions of humans. Simon wants to protect Meg and he knows that in order to protect her that he also has to protect the human pack that she has created around her. Simon wants to stay true to his wolf side but he knows that adapting these humans into his pack may be for good, while he doesn’t want to turn too human himself. While trying to protect the humans of Lakeside, Simon is also having Meg determine the best way to treat the other cassandra sangue and how best to keep them alive. Lieutenant Montgomery deals with a personal tragedy. Captain Burke knows the seriousness of what a terra indigene can do to a human and how easily we can be wiped out so he is working his hardest to keep that from happening. The Humans First and Last movement are blaming a lot of bad things on the Others in order to incite a war.

This installment kept me enthralled throughout the entire story, even though I had a feeling how some events would play out. I am really thrilled with the new POV of a cassandra sangue and how she is dealing with her new surroundings. There is a major conflict near the end of the novel but it didn’t really feel like a climax to the story. The major reveal is the motivations behind the Humans First and Last movement which is why I felt this was more of a bridge story. Plus, Simon has to make a decision that could end the world as the humans know it.

Overall, this is a dark, original series that I highly recommend for someone who wants to be immersed in a different kind of fantasy world. There are hints at a budding romance and I really can’t wait to see where that goes.

Notable Scene:

Simon looked around the apartment. No pack here to help guard the young. No one to protect the Lizzy when Montgomery had to do police things.

Humans were like sticky vines. If you didn’t escape at the first touch, you got more and more tangled up.

Most of them were meat, would always be meat. But, damn it, now when he looked at some of them he just didn’t see them as meat anymore, even when he wanted to bite them for a transgression.

The Others Series:

1. Written in Red

2. Murder of Crows

3. Vision in Silver

4. Marked in Flesh

5. Etched in Bone

6. Lake Silence (2018)

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FTC Advisory: Roc/Penguin provided me with a copy of Vision in Silver. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

March 15th, 2017 Kristie Posted in Review No Comments »

Murder of CrowsTitle: Murder of Crows

Author: Anne Bishop

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: The Others (Book #2)

Publication Date: March 4, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 354 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451465261 (Roc/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451465269 (Roc/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

Return to New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop’s “phenomenal” (Urban Fantasy Investigations)  world of the Others — where supernatural entities and humans struggle to co-exist, and one woman has begun to change all the rules?

After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.

The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murder of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard — Lakeside’s shape-shifting leader — wonders if their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or a future threat.

As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now, the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet—and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.

Quick & Dirty: Dark, gripping story that continues to fascinate me with complex, amazing characters and intricate worldbuilding.

Opening Sentence: Nudged awake by his bedmate’s restless movements, Simon Wolfgard yawned, rolled over on his belly, and studied Meg Corbyn.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Murder of Crows is the second novel in the Others series by Anne Bishop and continues the dark, gritty storyline of Meg, Simon, the Others and the humans who help them. This novel is set not too long after the events of the first novel, Written in Red, basically just enough time has passed for the characters to clean up after the massive storm. I highly recommend the first novel and I think you should definitely read it before picking up the rest of the series.

As a blood prophet, Meg is still learning how to deal with her powers now that she is no longer controlled by someone else.  Cutting isn’t the only way to bring on a vision as Meg learns when her dry skin splits open and she sees a bunch of crows being killed. Meg knows that the growing troubles with the humans and Others will not stop but she can try to keep “people” from being killed. There is a drug circulating among the humans that are helping them in the battle with the Others. Simon realizes what it is and knows that stopping the spread of the drugs can end even more drastically depending on how the situation is treated. Simon also knows that Meg will never be safe as long as the man who controlled her is still around so he must find him before more of his friends are killed.

Meg is also having to deal with Simon and his crazy mood swings, although I could say he is also dealing with Meg’s mood swings too. Simon acts friendly to her one moment and then the next he’s growling at her. But Meg’s emotions come to a head when Simon, who has been sleeping with her in his wolf form ever since the attack because Meg doesn’t like to be alone, transforms into his human skin to find out about a nightmare she had and stays that way when they go back to sleep. Meg knows that means something for humans while it may not for Simon but she isn’t sure she can take that kind of a relationship with him so a lot of this novel is Meg and Simon trying to understand (separately) what their emotions mean about the other character. Simon doesn’t want Meg needlessly cutting herself especially when it means cutting her life shorter with each cut.

This series has such an interesting setup of characters and society. I feel like I should be turned off by the prejudice and harshness of the characters but I’m not, humans have gotten complacent while the Others have allowed the humans to live but the humans don’t quite realize that yet. War is imminent and the Others really have no problem killing humans. The Humans First and Last movement really reminds me of Nazism. Both sides are honestly really harsh with each other but Meg has made Simon think twice before he hurts someone and without Meg in his life there definitely would have been more human deaths.

I really enjoyed how the world grew with this novel. Humans and Others actually aren’t that different from each other after all. There is a look into how other groups of Others and humans get along and it isn’t as nice as how Simon’s group in the Courtyard get along, it is more of a grudging acceptance. I’m really hanging on for when Meg can hopefully bring peace to the two races and for when Meg and Simon let their feelings be known.

I do want to re-iterate that this is an urban fantasy with more of a fantasy book type feel even though it is set in an alternate modern world. The story is told through multiple third person point of views. Even though I’m only two books in, this series continues to amaze and fascinate me. Yes, some of the characters are a little gruff at times but I do love how Meg seems to break them down, add a little more humanity than even the humans have in this series. I can’t wait to see where this story goes next. Also, the more I look at the cover I really think that is Tess on the covers and not Meg.

Notable Scene:

Meg!

Fur suddenly covered Simon’s shoulders and chest as he threw his weight against the door, breaking the wood and the slide lock. He rushed toward Meg’s bedroom, but the fresh scent of blood pulled him toward the bathroom. He shoved at the door and Meg cried out, so he squeezed through the narrow opening to avoid ramming her legs again.

She was on the floor, bleeding. The cut ran all the way across her torso just under her breasts. Too long a cut. Too deep a cut. Too much blood.

“Meg.” Barely enough room to straddle her legs when he dropped to his knees to reach her.

“Simon,” she gasped. “You have to listen.”

“Yeah. Sure.”

His friend was bleeding. It didn’t matter that she was human. His friend Meg was bleeding too much.

He lowered his head, then paused.

It would make him so angry. Like the last time when she fell in the creek and cut her chin and he had to get her to the human bodywalker.

I don’t care. She’s one of us now. Clean the wound. Get rid of the blood scent and hide the fact that she’s vulnerable.

He quickly licked the blood flowing from the cut. Licked and licked to keep it from dripping on the towel Meg had put on the floor to soak it up.

“Simon,” Meg moaned. “Simon. I see. . . It’s too much. I have to speak. You have to listen.”

For a moment he’d been very angry, and now he wasn’t. He heard Meg’s voice and something changed and he wasn’t angry at all.

The Others Series:

1. Written in Red

2. Murder of Crows

3. Vision in Silver

4. Marked in Flesh

5. Etched in Bone

6. Lake Silence (2018)

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FTC Advisory: Roc/Penguin provided me with a copy of Murder of Crows. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Written in Red by Anne Bishop

March 14th, 2017 Kristie Posted in Review No Comments »

Written in RedTitle: Written in Red

Author: Anne Bishop

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: The Others (Book #1)

Publication Date: March 5, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 433 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451464966 (Roc/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451464965 (Roc/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

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.

Quick & Dirty: Captivating, mysterious and ingenious new world of blood prophets, Others and humans.

Opening Sentence: Half blinded by the storm, she stumbled into the open area between two buildings.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Written in Red isn’t your typical urban fantasy. It has more of a fantasy novel feel just set in a contemporary but alternate world where “Others” have always been around. Humans are low on the totem pole but we’ve been resilient or stubborn enough that the Others haven’t exterminated us. The other thing that makes Written in Red not your typical urban fantasy is that it isn’t told from one characters first person perspective. It is told in the third person from a multitude of characters.

When the novel begins, Meg Corbyn is on the run. She makes it to the Lakeside Courtyard where human law does not apply which means it is a place she can hide out and if humans find her there they cannot take her back from where she came. Meg stumbles upon another stroke of luck when she applies for the Human Liaison job and gets accepted. Simon, a Wolf, is in charge of running the Lakeside Courtyard. He doesn’t quite understand why he gives Meg the job, just that there is something different about this Human and that she is hiding something.

This novel captivated me from the beginning. After the first couple of chapters it did slow down a bit but I never wanted to put it down. I really think a big part of that was because of Meg’s mysterious past and the completely renewed world where I wanted to know these supernatural creatures. There is a lot of prejudice between the Others and the Humans. Others only see Humans as meat, while humans want to destroy the Others. The Others also own everything while the Humans are basically renting land and paying for what they use. The Others really only tolerate Humans because of the things they create like telephones and computers. Simon is an anomaly to the Others because he has opened his Courtyard businesses to Humans which is unseen in this world. He isn’t quite sure why he has done such a thing except for possibly trying to understand the Humans a little more. Another thing that I really loved was how the Others prejudice changed little by little because of Meg. Although I will say it was weird because the only reason their ideas were starting to change was because she was nice to them. No one Human had been nice to them before? Or be stupid enough not to be scared of them?

Meg is a cassandra sangue, a blood prophet and since she has always been held captive, she does have the mentality of a little child at times. She has only learned things as it would pertain to her prophecies so she doesn’t really know how to do everyday things and because of that the story does dwell a little on her learning to do the everyday tedious things. The vampires even call her kind Sweet Blood because they always have the sweet tendencies of a child. Even Simon is perplexed because she smells like Not Prey, which also has to do with what she is and he doesn’t quite understand why. Even though Meg has the supernatural powers, she is full blown human. As a blood prophet, Meg is a cutter. She has to cut her skin in order to prophesize but the longer she spends in the world, she learns that may not always be the case. If you have any issues with her being a cutter, I would say to stay away from this series.

Simon is your uber alpha male Wolf who is in charge at the Courtyard. He doesn’t like when anyone undermines him and he certainly can’t stand it when Meg tries, but it is okay because she certainly doesn’t know any better. When he finally figures out what she is, he tries to control her from cutting but it doesn’t always work out his way. There are many Others with which I really enjoyed this world from Vlad to Winter to Tess, especially Tess. I think the more you don’t know about this book the better because they are what keep me entranced with this novel.

Written in Red was an invigorating read for me. I actually lost sleep because I never wanted to put it down and when I did I kept thinking about it. I’m not entirely sure why but I know when that happens, it is a series that I want to definitely keep up with and it will be another series that I will recommend. I didn’t expect to like it so much but I can see now why it has so many five star ratings on Goodreads.

Notable Scene:

“How do you choose the place to cut?” Tess asked, sitting back on her heels so she was facing Meg and could watch the girl’s body and the expressions on her face as well as listen to the words.

“The Controller chose, based on how much the client was willing to pay for the prophecy.” Meg stared at her own skin. “Until I ran away, I didn’t make my own cuts. I don’t really know how to choose.”

“Yes, you do,” Tess said quietly. “It’s part of who you are.” She picked up the razor, opened it, and handed it to Meg. “You know where to find this prophecy.”

The Others Series:

1. Written in Red

2. Murder of Crows

3. Vision in Silver

4. Marked in Flesh

5. Etched in Bone

6. Lake Silence (2018)

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FTC Advisory: Roc/Penguin provided me with a copy of Written in Red. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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