I don’t know how to start this review. I liked Written in Red by Anne Bishop but I didn’t.
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 loved Anne Bishop’s The Black Jewels trilogy. That story is one that has stayed with me for years. I was excited to read more from Bishop. Written in Red is the same strong writing and storytelling that I expected. My big issue was the story was too slow. I trudged through this novel out of loyalty even as my interest waned. I did want to see what happened but I found that I didn’t care how it happened.
This book is unique in the urban fantasy genre. It still has the elements of magic with an assortment of creatures with monstrous powers, but it shows a darker side to werewolves and vampires where they eat first, think later when it comes to humans — a major difference when most UF stories has the male protagonist kissing first, asking questions later. This story has zero romance; however, it does have a main attraction between female protagonist, Meg, and the lead wolf, Simon. Since this is a series, there is potential for a mind-blowing explosion once the tension between the two builds to a climax, but for the most part this novel has two people who care about each other. That’s it.
I also found the idea of a blood prophet unique and intriguing to build a story around. I was disappointed that Meg’s vision revolved around mundane things (granted most involved dire circumstances, but I digress). I wanted more action. Like I said before, this story is painfully slow. The pace much like that of a glacier. The only action in the story is the last few pages, and although it was interesting, I didn’t find it very exciting. I wasn’t sitting on the edge of my seat in anticipation.
I’m disappointed that I didn’t like this story more. I was really looking forward to reading more from Anne Bishop.
Stars: 2.5 out of 5