Written in Red

Written in Red

Book - 2013
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Blood prophet Meg Corbyn, who can see the future when her skin is cut, escapes enslavement by her Controller and teams up with a shape-shifter who employs her as a Human Liaison.
Publisher: New York : Roc, c2013.
ISBN: 9780451464965
Characteristics: 433 p. :,maps ;,24 cm.

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jul 09, 2017

This book is populated with various werewolves, vampires, and Elementals who can control the weather. They view all humans as prey, except for the secretive Meg who works as their human liaison. The humans are rightfully terrified of the beings who live in The Courtyard, but the lives of everyone in The Courtyard is fairly mundane. Mail delivery is surprisingly a large part of the novel. Meg's growing friendship with the wolf Sam is the best part of the book. There are some ridiculous parts, like a town named Sparkletown, or a woman willing to risk her life deceiving the wolves because she wants her own tv show. Overall, it's a great variation on the urban fantasy genre.

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nidofito
Aug 03, 2016

Written in Red was not what I expected. In more ways than one.

With all due respect, I am genuinely baffled at the high ratings of this book. I don't understand it. I did like the setting though. It's not every series where the supes are dominant in such a way

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Sarah1984
May 06, 2016

9/12 - I've been trying to get started on this book all day and haven't managed to make it past the maps and details about the days of the week. I've had two doctors appointments today and both times the doctor called me early!! Can you believe that?! I was looking forward to reading this and for once in their lifetime (that's doctors as a whole, not this particular doctor) they called me in five minutes early. Twice! I'm going to bed to give this book some uninterrupted reading time. The average rating on GR is so high, plus the fact that I've been starting and stalling this all day, my anticipation is high and I'm expecting really good things from this. Don't disappoint me book. To be continued...

SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10/12 - This was FANTASTICFANTASTICFANTASTICFANTASTICFANTASTICFANTASTIC, SO BLOODY FANFREAKINGTASTIC . I can't BELIEVE how good this book was. I loved everything about it (well, except for one teensy tiny thing, I didn't like the cutting, but it wasn't glorified so that made it acceptable as part of the story). I loved Meg, and Simon, and Winter, and Sam, and Merri Lee, and Monty (after a worrisome start where I thought he was going to be an evil 'drag her back to her owners by her hair' type of cop), and Vlad, and pretty much everyone, except Asia (but who could love Asia?). I loved the world they lived in, especially the Courtyard. Even with the non-humans living next door the place felt really homey and quaint, and somewhere I could happily fit in. I loved the way Meg won everyone over with her personality and unthinking, uncalculating kindness, before they learned what she really was. I loved that there was no romance between Meg and Simon, because this book would have been way too early in their relationship for that, it would have been rushed. Sam was so cute and I could see a normal human having trouble distinguishing between him and a cute puppy, having trouble treating him like a child despite how he appeared. I loved that Meg wasn't horrified by the occasional naked man/wolf or man/about to be crow that happened to pass by her. I loved the way, due to her unusual education, that Meg knew what a thing was due to flash cards, but not what it did or how to make it do it.

I think this might be the second 'best' book I've read this year. Not second as in behind first, second as in another of equal standing. I recently declared Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead to be my best book of the year, this is now equal top (maybe even a tiny little bit higher because I had problems with Adrian's behaviour for half that book, while Meg's cutting took up a much smaller portion of the story). What I really want to do is wipe the story from my mind, leaving only the feeling of it being a fantastic book, and go back and read it all over again, so I can experience it for the first time again. This is one of a very small number of books that I have enjoyed that much. God, I hope I can get the next one at the library tomorrow. If I can't I don't know how any other book will compare, or fill the need I have to read another great story.

LPL_MollyW Apr 29, 2016

This was completely different from any urban fantasy series I've read (and I've read a LOT). It's not fast paced and the characters are cheeky or snarky, and while the end is very tense, it's not action-packed throughout. Yet I could not put it down. The complex world-building - this is unlike any vampire or shapeshifter mythology I've encountered - and the slow way Meg's life becomes entwined with the Others kept me enthralled in the story.

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Librarydog
Jan 08, 2016

Interesting world building and a fun read. I really enjoy Bishop's efforts to explore the frictions and differences between humans and "Others." There are holes in the world building, but they can be ignored for the interesting story and characters. Also enjoyed the next book, "Murder of Crows."

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JinjerS
Jun 22, 2015

This book blows me away with how well it portrays the inner life of the vastly diverse characters.

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FantasyFanatic
Aug 09, 2014

I really loved this book, it was interesting and fresh feeling. The werewolves are a lot more feral in this novel than in many other similar books which was a refreshing change. I would definitely recommend it to any lovers of urban fantasy or fans of Patricia Briggs and Laurell K Hamilton.

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auntiejackie
May 05, 2014

This is the first book I've read by this author and I loved it (also loved the second book, Murder of Crows). It's a wonderful new take on the wereanimals and vampire themes. It's dark and isn't afraid to go to tough places, but the thread of humor running through the books keep them from being too heavy. I am very much looking forward to the next book.

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dprodrig
Mar 10, 2014

A well-written urban fantasy book. Not as strong as her black jewels series, but full of moments of laughter, quirky characters and tense moments that have sitting on the edge of your seat as you whip through straight to the end. Worth it. Can't wait for the sequel.

Greenspacedragon Feb 12, 2014

Excellent book! There is a second book coming out fairly soon. Fingers crossed that the library orders it!

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