Written in Red, by Anne Bishop | Book Review #276

TRIGGER WARNING: Self-Harm, Rape Mention.

If you get triggered by Self-Harm scenes (cutting) I would recommend that you do not read this book. 

This review may contain spoilers. 

Book Review

15711341No 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.

I didn’t know what to expect when I finally got my hands on a copy of Written in Red. I had heard some things that were pretty much on opposite sides of the spectrum. Some people loved it, some people hated it. One thing for sure though was that pretty much everyone cautioned other readers of the detailed self-harm scenes.

There are a few different points of view within Written in Red. However, the ones that reoccur the most are Meg, and Simon. I really enjoyed reading form both Meg’s and Simon’s views. What I didn’t like was reading all the other views that –even though they were helpful in the storyline– got in the way of what I wanted to read: Meg’s and Simon’s POV.

What I didn’t like the most about this novel was the fact that there are detailed self-harm scenes. If there was a different way in which Meg could reveal the Prophecies without harming herself, the book would be waaaay better that what it’s currently at.

unnamed-30I liked so many things about this novel, holy crap.

What I liked about Written in Red was that these terra indegene characters were pretty reluctant to be around her in the first place. But then a good majority of the ones we were introduced to ended up liking to have Meg around. I like that these fascinatingly horrifying creatures ended up being incredibly protective of Meg.

I liked that Meg was able to easily adapt herself into her new life at the Courtyard, and made a life for herself.

I loved the supernatural aspect of this series. I love all the supernatural creatures in this book, honestly. And the fact that some of them are such ancient creatures that their current world doesn’t have a name for them is amazing. I love the Elementals, the -gards, Sam, the Sanguanati,

This review is a incredibly short one, I know. Just know that the story moves incredibly quickly, I loved the character development.. The character that annoyed me in Written in Red got what they deserved, and I am so looking forward to reading the next book, Murder or Crows. 

I gave Written in Red, 4 of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Have you read Written in Red?
If you have, what did you think of the book?
Did you read the next book, or stop with Written in Red?

Happy Reading!



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