Hello~this is an overdue post! In the month of January I read a total of 6 books, Celtic Moon by Jan DeLima, Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews, Written in Red by Anne Bishop, The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason, A Study of Silks by Emma Jane Holloway, and The Song of the Quakerbeast by Jasper Fforde. I want to take a deeper look into my favorite read of the month, Written in Red by Anne Bishop.
Bishop, A. (2013). Written in Red. New York, NY: ROC.
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy/Price: $26.95/ISBN: 978-0-451-46496-5/ Page Count: 433/Series: Yes
Meg Corbyn is a woman on the run. You encounter her as she is near death and stumbling into the forbidden compound of the Others. By a mysterious kindness, Simon Wolfgard, the semi-official leader of the compound’s business side hires her to live and work within the community. What they don’t know is that Meg is running from her masters, who want her for her blood and the ability she has to predict the future, for Meg is a cassandra sangue (blood prophet). Through Meg’s kindness and innocence she is able to become a trusted member of the Others society and when danger threatens to take Meg away, they all will rise to defend her.
What Bishop does extremely well in this story is the multiple points of view. So many novels employ the same practice of changing povs to make a point, but Bishop does it well. I always knew who the main character and ‘hero’ of the story was, and the changing of povs never dragged the story down, but actually enhanced the appreciation of the characters and stories.
Even though the novel itself can be a bit daunting due to the page count, each part of the book is needed. It can run a bit slow in the parts where Simon had to leave for a conference, leaving Meg alone in the city without the alpha she has grown to know and perhaps trust, but it is necessary for him to leave (for reasons to be known once you read the story). The descriptions of the different Others is fascinating (vampires, werewolves, elementals) as well as the fact that they can all live in one compound or rather town.
The book is an exciting read and luckily the sequel, Murder of Crows will be out March 4, 2014.