Review: Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Posted January 16, 2014 by Annie in Reviews / 7 Comments

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Review: Written in Red by Anne Bishop
Written in Red
by Anne Bishop

5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: Mar. 5, 2013
Series: The Others #1
Published by NAL Hardcover
Pages: 433
Format: eBook
 

 

Captivating from the very first word, Bishop’s writing holds you in a tight embrace all the way through to the past page. ~ Under the Covers

SO MANY people have raved about this book. And with good reason! For readers who enjoy dark urban fantasy and aren’t afraid of monsters who are actually terrifyingly scary, WRITTEN IN RED will be a wonderful addition to your keeper shelf.

As my first very book by Anne Bishop, I really had no idea what to expect as I went into this book. All I knew was that I would be entering a highly detailed and unique world that doesn’t tone down its bad side for the sake of the reader. What I immediately noticed was Bishop’s authorial voice. Captivating from the very first word, Bishop’s writing holds you in a tight embrace all the way through to the past page.

As Bishop weaves and creates a magical world that mesmerizes and enchants, she is simultaneously introducing key characters in the story who will eventually become integral pieces of this game. Meg Corbyn is a cassandra sangue, or otherwise known as a blood prophet. She possesses the ability to see the future when her skin is cut. Already taking on a darker tone, Bishop further entices when Meg escapes her captor who wishes to control her visions and enters Lakeside Courtyard, a place belonging to the Others.

Simon Wolfgard is as dangerous and as nasty as they come. When we first meet him, he is hesitant and suspicious of Meg, who wants a Human Liaison job as he can feel that something is different about her. He knows that she is harbouring a secret, but doesn’t know what it is yet. As I mentioned earlier, Bishop doesn’t tone down the intensity for the sake of the reader. But instead, she places great emphasis on it. When Simon hunts, it’s brutal, gory and actually quite fascinating. Just from that scene alone, you learn so much about his character.

Though fans of Romance may feel slightly disappointed in this first instalment, there is likely to be more romance to come as Bishop hints at a few future plotlines. As a Romance reader at heart, I did miss the romantic element however, that didn’t stop me at all for enjoying this masterpiece. As a Fantasy novel, Bishop certainly delivers far more than any reader could expect. I cannot wait for more.

 

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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 fourteen novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy. Her most recent novel,Twilight’s Dawn, made the New York Times bestsellers list. She is currently working on a new series, which is an urban dark fantasy with a bit of a twist.

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

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I’ve heard good things about this book and even though PNR is something I read a lot of I’ve added it to my wishlist.

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It’s a dark UF which definitely stands out amongst the genre.

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I’ve heard about this series and want to try them but they’re really expensive…hoping the price drops soon-thanks for the great review Annie.

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I think that’s because she’s such a big, well-loved author. I can tell you that the book is awesome though 🙂

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Omg I read her black jewels trilogy years ago which totally opened up my eyes to the uf genre…..thanks annie

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I haven’t read them yet, but after this, i definitely want to!

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Enjoy!