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Written in Red

(The Others #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  55,732 ratings  ·  5,954 reviews
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 relucta
Hardcover, 433 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Roc (first published March 1st 2013)
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Wendy Darling
4.5 stars It takes a lot to interest me in starting an adult urban fantasy series these days, so I was a bit hesitant when Written in Red landed on my doorstep. This turned out to be a happy surprise, however, because it ended up being a fantastic read.

Meg Corbyn is on the run. As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, she is able to see the future when cuts are made on her skin. This is a painful process in many ways, and she's desperate to free herself from those who have been profiting from he
Real rating: 2.5

Let me start this bad boy off by saying that I wanted to love this book. I bought it a while ago when searching for new fantasy and everyone across the board said it was lovely and I mean, really, who can deny a book called Written in Red?

And the book and I started out pretty well. The world building was good, the characters I could get behind, and the writing is solid and at times, lovely. Then it went south, pretty fast.

Have you ever liked something until you noticed a flaw? I
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Re-read on audio 2017

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I just found another favorite series! Happy Dance!

There will be spoilers! I must talk! :-)


Meg has escaped from her controller. She is a cassandra sangue which is a Blood Prophet. They cut themselves and can tell prophecies by doing this so of course evil people want to keep them in a prison.


Meg finds sanctuary with The Others at the Lakeside Courtyard, this is where the Others live and run businesses. They had a help wanted sign for a H
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I almost gave this sucker a five star.
Meg Corbyn escapes her controller, who uses her abilities as a blood prophet aka cassandra sangue to his gain (when her skin is cut she has prophesies). He had kept her completely sheltered from the world. so when she wants a job with the "Others" she has a whole lot to learn about them and other humans. She is almost child like in her outlook of the world.
Then the Others..this is world building frigging extraordinaire. Look I used a big word!!
The Others co
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Wow. Ok, looking at the ratings and reviews, this is very much a love-it-or-hate-it kind of book. As in, some of my friends hated it so much they couldn't even finish...


Me, on the other hand?
Ohmygod! I haven't guzzled a book down this fast in a long time!


I've already ordered the next one from my library, and I'm looking forward to it more than I have anything in recent memory.
BUT. As a fair warning, I would encourage anyone thinking of buying this one to look at some of the other revi
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Remember how I said Half-Off Ragnarok was like sugary breakfast cereal? This is sheer milk chocolate candy addictiveness–the M&M kind–where you think “sure, I’ll have a couple,” and then it’s a couple more, and then just a few more, and suddenly the bag is half gone. Written in Red is melt-in-your-mouth goodness targeted squarely at the urban fantasy-paranormal fan whose appeal is intensified by a couple of surprising features. It was so very readable, going down exactly like those M&Ms; before ...more
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

I know, I know, but the details, guys!
All. The. Fucking. DETAILS.
They destroyed me.

How do people deal with this?!

"Getting to the outside door to open it was a problem because she couldn't figure out how the short left end of the counter opened to let someone into the main part of the room. So she got the stool from the sorting room and used it to climb over the counter. She turned the simple lock to the open position and then realized the simple lock was augmented by a heavy-duty dead bolt tha
Giorgia ~ Reads
3.5 stars

I’m gonna start by saying that despite my middle of the road rating, I did enjoy this a lot and I’m gonna continue the series.

I think the world-building is interesting and definitely a different take on supernaturals. (for whom, humans are literally prey - as in they eat human meat - apparently its quite tasty *shudders*)

That being said, I also think that there was plenty of place for improvement. I got the impression that some things were written in for no other logical reason than t
Robin (Bridge Four)
If you are like me you have read a gazillion UF books with the same old same old Shifter/Vampire/Werewolf characterization. They are all super-hot and slightly more aggressive than the average alpha male but basically they are humans that just happen to have a special diet OR can turn furry. NOPE NOPE NOPE….this is not that story.

In this world the creatures that have both a human form and an animal form are not to ever be thought of as human. They might be able to mimic being human to a certain
Jan 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: worst, sff, warnings
Okay, first, a warning: if you ever engaged in self-harm, if you have ever been tempted to engage in self-harm, don't read this book. Don't go near this book. Don't even finish this review. You'd be better off reading Moby Dick backwards while dangling upside-down by a toe.

Actually, everyone would be better off reading Moby Dick backwards while dangling upside-down by a toe. This isn't just a bad book, it's an actively awful one on virtually every level. I finished this book so mad I came back t
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2017
This urban fantasy is for those who like to read about sorting mail, training wolf puppies, staff meetings and snow. Evidently, I do, but to a degree.

Interesting mythology, but WAY too much attention to unnecessary minutiae. I don't need to know whose socks got wet in the snow, who is minding the book store or café when the main employee needs to step outside for yet another meeting, and how many steps are there between the front door and the back door of the sorting room or between buildings.
Simona B
Buddy read with my wonderful friend Nina. Let's do this! :D

"Of course, if Meg had taken shelter somewhere else instead of stumbling along until she came to the Courtyard, she might not have found them, and he might never have known her. So maybe Namid was wise to make human females do foolish things."

Notice to mariners: I'm still trying to collect myself. Thus, I'm not in the position to guarantee that the following review will contain more than incomprehensible gibberish. I apologise in advance
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, ya, urban-fantasy
I'm rather surprised that I didn't get into this nearly as much as I had hoped I would. Something wasn't clicking with me, and as I kept reading, I spent way too much attention on other things.

Like little things like why I ought to care.

I expected Urban Fantasy, and to me, it doesn't even remotely equate with sparkly vampires or huggable monsters of any stripe. I like grit. I love plot. Characters are everything, but if I had to place all my hopes upon one thing and one thing only, I'd say it h
Jen Davis
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book -- for a lot of reasons. I can't recall the last UF book that portrayed monsters as, well, monsters. The Others in this world Anne Bishop has created aren't sexy. Or emo. Or anything like human. They see humans as monkeys... as meat. They eat them. And they make no apologies about it. There is a woman that comes into their world, though, that makes them see all humans are not created equal. Some may be worthy of their protection and friendship.

Meg is a cassandra sangue
Mary Beth
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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.

This book is the first book in the Other Series and it has been on my the forever. I don't know why it has taken me so long to read it. I love usually don't read ur
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Actual rating: 3.6658974566972 stars.

So. This was Surprisingly Very Slightly Enjoyable (SVSE™). Very Slightly, yes. But mostly Very Surprisingly². Why? Because a) I was so sure it would go straight to my most beloved DNF Graveyard that I shamelessly abandoned it in the treacherous, unfathomable depths of my Kindle for five bloody shrimping years and b) it turns out it does have everything a crappy book needs to warrant my killing it with fire. Only that I didn’t.

I know, right?

Okay, you’re proba
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars
I am, first and foremost, an urban fantasy reader. On the secluded island that is my mind, a new series as good as The Others is more rare and more coveted than a fresh batch of blueberry muffins. And I do love my blueberry muffins. It should be mentioned that Written in Red leans more towards the fantasy part of urban fantasy. In fact, if we take the strictest definition, it’s not urban fantasy at all. But it’s a thin line, and Bishop’s world so unique that I see no point in making the
Some people loved it, some hated it. I'm in the "loved it" category. This book charmed my pants off. Seriously, why am I not wearing pants? Be right back....okay, better.... Now, it's not easy to charm me. I'm a sarcastic pessimist. So, it really irritates the hell out of me to be charmed. Bad book!

So here's the deal with this book:
We have an unusual alternative world where there are "others", which includes every type of supernatural creature, living among humans. But, they are separated, by t
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
[5 Stars] Goodness, this was an absolutely fantastic urban fantasy novel. I'm not sure exactly what I expected going in, but I did think this book was going to be fast paced with supernatural creatures living amongst the humans and some kind of supernatural police force cleaning up problems around the city. I've read three other urban fantasy books with this kind of beginning: Soulless by Gail Carriger, Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews, and Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. I feel lik ...more
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Fantastic Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is the first book in the Others series a fabulous urban fantasy series..... I read this book in February 2017 and binged the series finishing the last book in March 2017..... I am not a huge fantasy/urban fantasy person but this book was spectacular as were all the other books in the series,.... so much love to Meg and Simon and all the rest of these amazing characters! If you are thinking of dipping your toe into this genre I strongly suggest this series...

~ review F
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned-read
Solid urban fantasy, unlike what I usually read. Had some really fantastic characters.
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
2/7/18 - ON SALE for $2.99:

Lately I've been dividing genres into parts, and in keeping with that pattern, there are two types of Urban Fantasy (generally speaking).

In the first type, various supernatural creatures live hidden among us, and maintaining that secrecy is paramount to their society.

In the second type, various supernatural creatures live openly among us, but are forced to constantly walk the tightrope of human approval. Vampires, Weres, Fae, etc. are eithe
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
*** 4.44 ***

A buddy read with my GR Family in the Wednesday Group @ BB&B!

Weeeeeellll, I had no idea what to expect, because the opinions of some of my closest friends on GR about this book and series are wildly varied. And both sides once again are right, it just depends on what you feel like when you embarked on reading this book and are you a fan of Urban Fantasy with supernatural creatures, The Others, openly leaving in the world and humans as the Beta Players. That's right, the Others own it
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
First 100 pages were terrible. Can't get into the world, and the world-building confused me. I didn't know whether it was an apocalyptic world, or a modern one in which supernaturals exist, or an alternate reality...I can't get a good sense of the book without the proper knowledge of the world in which the book is set. The characters also didn't hook me, Simon is typical alpha wolf, pretty boring on paper, and Meg so bored me that I can't be fucked to find out what her story is. I just can't see ...more
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm in such a funk that all I want to do is re-read favorite books.
UPDATE 2020 - going to read it for the third time :D


Update - 5 stars after reread
First read - 4 stars

I’m a little late to this series, but I’am really happy that I have found it.

Written in Red was my audiobook for December.

I read all kind of genres, as long as they keep my interest. Written in Red did that in spades.

It was a great fantasy book with fabulous world building. Unique societies. Mys
Maria V. Snyder
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was recommended to me by the owner of Cupboard Maker Books in Pennsylvania who knows her books! When I started it, I was a little hesitant as there's a "brief history of the world" that starts things out and I stopped reading epic fantasy because of all that history and world building details (which is great, but I don't have the time/energy/brain power to keep track of!). However, I trusted Michelle and pushed on. The first couple of chapters are rather thick with world building detai ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
“Vlad hated doing the paperwork as much as he did when a human employee quit, which was why they'd both made a promise not to eat quitters just to avoid the paperwork. As Tess had pointed out, eating the staff was bad for morale and made it so much harder to find new employees.”

For some reason when reading the first half of this one as a Kindle sample, I couldn't get into it. Maybe it was mood, maybe it was insanity. Either way, I tried again and loved it - finally saw what so many Urban Fantasy
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: gym junkies...throw away those weights, buy this book.
Meg is a blood prophet....her prophecies are released by cutting into her skin, and her skin is worth millions. Before escaping from her controller, he would sell a "cut" to wealthy men who wanted to know the future. Now she is on the run and she seeks shelter amongst the Others. A community of werewolves, vampires, elementals and other supernatural creatures.

But the controller wants her back and has dispatched hunters to find her. As the threat against her circles she finds allies amongst the
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Written in Red is kind of like the fast food of urban fantasy. A Big Mac, maybe, or some Kentucky Fried Chicken. It tasted pretty good going down but then I felt a little blech afterwards. In other words: it was pretty fun while it lasted, but the worldbuilding is on the weak side with several logical holes in it, the main character is kind of bland, and the whole "blood prophet" concept (getting visions of the future through cutting oneself) left a sour taste in my mouth.

Full review to come. I'
Jennifer Kyle
4.5 Stars

Anne Bishop delivers a very cool world that is easy to follow while the assortment of characters were all fabulous.

I can't even decide who is my favorite character which is always a plus!


It is a long read but very engrossing and never ever boring and totally should hit the big screen.


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Anne Bishop lives in upstate New York where she enjoys gardening, music, and writing dark, romantic stories. She is the author of over twenty novels, including the award-winning Black Jewels Trilogy. She has written a new series, the Others, which is an urban dark fantasy with a bit of a twist.

Crawford Award (2000)

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