Tag: The Others

Review: Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Posted April 17, 2018 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Written in Red by Anne BishopReviewer: Holly
Written in Red (The Others, #1) by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #1
Published by Roc
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 487
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four-half-stars

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 a job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she's wanted by the government, he'll have to decide whether she's worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

Meg Corbyn is cassandra sangue, a blood prophet, who can speak prophecy when her skin is cut. Because the blood prophets become addicted to the euphoria that veils their mind when they speak prophecy, many years ago it was decided benevolent ownership of them when be given to caretakers “for their own protection”. The majority of whom then used them for profit. For 24 years Meg has lived in such a compound, being used and abused by her owners, taught only what she needed to know to speak prophecy. Until she becomes desperate and escapes. She ends up in Lakeside at a Terra Indigene (The Others) Courtyard. The Others are Earth Natives who rule the continent of Thaisia. They allow humans to lease the land from them, but they have Courtyards in each major city so The Others can keep an eye on what the humans are doing.

Simon Wolfgard is an “Other”, a Terra Indigene (Earth Native), who can shift into the shape of the wolf. He’s the leader of the Lakeside Courtyard. To The Others, humans are just clever meat. Meg is a human, but she doesn’t smell like prey. This intrigues him enough that he hires her to be their Human Liaison. He knows she’s keeping secrets and lying to him, but it isn’t long before she’s won the hearts of all the residents of the Courtyard, including his. When her secrets come to light he’ll have to decide if she’s worth possibly going to war to protect.

Equal parts humor, intrigue and horror, Written in Red sucked me in from page one. The world-building in the first few chapters was somewhat dense, but Meg’s interactions with The Others and her struggle to settle in to life outside the Compound kept me glued to the pages. From there things only got better. Simon’s struggle to pin down why he reacted differently to Meg who smelled like not-prey; His nephew Sam and the emotional trauma he suffered after the death of his mother; Meg befriending everyone in the Courtyard, most of them in spite of themselves; The Elementals (who control the weather) and their Steeds…all of this, and more, pulled me in. I was fully immersed in the Courtyard and the lives of those who inhabit it. Bishop tackles heavy issues like racism and abuse, yet does it so expertly I didn’t feel preached to – or at.

I immediately picked up the second book in series.

4.25 out of 5

The Others

four-half-stars


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Guest Review: Prince Charming Doesn’t Live Here by Christine Warren

Posted December 16, 2010 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Tracy’s review of Prince Charming Doesn’t Live Here (Others #10) by Christine Warren

Danice Carter is not one for glass slippers. A stilettos-wearing lawyer at one of Manhattan’s most elite establishments, Danice has a very strong grip on reality. So when she’s asked by one the firm’s founding partners to take on a personal case, Danice knows she’s in for the opportunity of a lifetime. All she has to do is convince her top boss’s granddaughter, Rosemary, to file a paternity suit. Sounds simple enough…until Danice arrives at Rosemary’s home and is pounced on by a handsome stranger.

Private investigator McIntyre Callahan’s was only following his powerful client’s orders: Find Rosemary—at all costs. Instead, he’s found a super-hot lawyer prowling around looking for answers he can’t give. The half-human, half-Fae Mac tries to warn Danice that she’s way in over her head—that Rosemary may roam among The Others, and may have dangerous ties to the Unseelie Court—but she won’t be deterred. Even if that means following Mac to the ends of the earth to find Rosemary…or surrendering to his supernatural powers of temptation…until death do they part.

Danice Carter works at a prestigious law firm in Manhattan. She’s doing well and works mostly with contract law. She’s more than a bit astounded that the senior law partner calls her up to his office and gives her an assignment – one that has nothing to do with contract law. You see the partner has found out that his granddaughter is pregnant and he wants the father of the child to bleed, at least legally, and he wants Danice to take care of it for him. And won’t that look good for her when reviews come along? Basically the man threatened her with her job to do something she really didn’t want to do nor was she the most qualified for.

She meets Mac Callahan when she heads to the granddaughter, Rosemary’s, summer home – only Rosemary’s not home, Mac is. Mac’s a PI and he’s there to find Rosemary as well but not for the same reasons. In fact he’s not sure of the reasons, he’s just sure that the client if offering a lot of money to find this woman. When Mac meets Danice he’s bowled over by her looks but soon finds that she’s quite intelligent as well and he likes that a lot. When Mac, being half Fae, finds out that Rosemary might be in Faerie, or at least the answers to his questions might be, he decides to go, but Danice isn’t one to be left behind. They don’t find anything that they expected while in the land of the Fae but they do become closer to each other in the process.

This book started out on a rather good foot. It shot right out of the gate and I was getting quite into things and then it just kind of fizzled. The plot was pretty simple but that could have been taken care of with more interesting dialogue, but it wasn’t. I found myself trying not to skim as I went because I didn’t want to miss anything important but I discovered there wasn’t a whole lot there to miss.

Now, Mac was a good character – he just wasn’t developed all that much and I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t get more of him. Danice on the other hand was a lawyer but her mouth got her into more trouble than anything. I would have thought that she would have learned to control her tongue. Yes, she came from working class and pulled herself up by her bootstraps but really she acted like she’d never met a manner she liked and it really put me off the whole story. There was also just a slight romance in the story. Yes, they liked each other and they had great sex but other than that, I just didn’t see the luuuuv.

This is a pseudo re-working of Warren’s original short story Faer Fetched. There wasn’t a lot of the same anything in the book except the sex scenes (which was about all that was involved in the original story) which Warren always does well. I really liked the stories in the Fixed series when Warren originally released them in ebook format and have liked the ones that she wrote just for print like The Demon You Know, Wolf at the Door and Howl at the Moon. I can’t say, though, that I’ve liked the re-written versions of the original ebooks so far. I’d love to see her move on to other story lines and get back to writing stories about new characters.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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This book is available from St. Martin’s Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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