Review: Written in Red by Anne Bishop

September 29, 2014 Book Reviews 4 ★★★

Review: Written in Red by Anne BishopWritten In Red by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #1
Also in this series: Vision In Silver, Lake Silence (The Others, #6)
Published by Penguin on 2013-03-05
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General
Pages: 512
Source: Audible
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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.

Some of this story is great, and some of it was stupid. Since I already have the next one on audio I will listen to it too, but I think I’d like it better if I read it versus the narration. Maybe that is what is stupid? It is not the best narration I’ve heard lately.

The story follows Meg, an escapee of … something. That something is slowly revealed as the story progresses, as does her seeming ignorance of people, Others, and basic functions like cleaning and cooking for herself. She ends up getting a job working for The Others – a name given to anything not human.

In this world, The Others are in charge, though they sometimes let the humans think they have more control than they really do. This becomes apparent near the end, when that control is taken away very forcefully and without much effort on the part of The Others.

One of the things I had a difficult time grasping was the world building. It is our world … but it isn’t. My mind kept grasping onto the fact that while there is a day of the week called Wednesday, there is also Firesday, Moonsday, and Earthday. I kept hanging onto the fact that I still don’t know what order the days go in. The same with places, the ocean is the Atlantik, but since I was listening on audio I couldn’t tell the difference, and the country was Theasia, but there was a Jersey, but I am pretty sure it is on the west coast?

Plus the narrator, while she does a decent job overall and for Meg’s voice, she can’t do a believable man’s voice. They are either super fake, super growly, or just weird. By the end I finally got used to the narrator, but I should enjoy narration, not just get used to it.

And finally, there was something off about the POV switches. I am not sure if it reads that way or if the narration made it seem weird, but there seemed no reason to switch POV’s all the time, and some of the people we read from IMO were not necessary.

All in all, this has all the things I need for a good story, but for some reason it just … wasn’t my favorite. First book syndrome? Maybe. Will I give the second book a try? Yes. For one, I already bought it on audio. For two, the story itself kept me entertained and I am curious to know where things go from here.


About Anne Bishop

Anne Bishop lives in upstate New York where she enjoys gardening, music, and writing dark, romantic stories. She is the author of seventeen novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel is Murder of Crows, the second book in Anne’s urban fantasy series set in a re-imagined Earth. She is currently working on the third book about the Others. Since you’re reading this, there’s no point in telling you to visit her website at

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4 Responses to “Review: Written in Red by Anne Bishop”

  1. Melanie Simmons (@mlsimmons)

    I’m sorry that the narration didn’t work out for you. I really enjoyed it and it worked for me. I liked book two better than book one, though I gave both five stars. I hope it works better for you. The narrator does make some changes in her narration for book two, so maybe that will work better for you. I hope so.

    • Laura

      I did like book 2 quite a bit better than this one. As you will see shortly 🙂 Thanks! Like I said I really did like the story, and the narration wasn’t ALL bad, but for me it just didn’t fit. I hate that.

  2. Rhianna

    I’ve had this on my audible wishlist for a while after lots of recommendations but I can see where it might be good to follow along in the actual text while listening. Sometimes I dislike a narrator’s voice so much I can’t handle a book.

    • Laura

      Honestly out of all my audio book friends I am the only one that didn’t like the narration. So it’s probably just me. 🙂 I’d still say try it out. The story really is great!

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