Published by Roc on March 4th 2014
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
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Return to New York Times best-selling author Anne Bishop’s world of the Others - where supernatural entities and humans struggle to co-exist, and one woman has begun to change all the rules.…
After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.
The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murder of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard - Lakeside’s shape-shifting leader - wonders if their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or a future threat.
As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now, the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet - and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.
I just finished reading Written in Red, the first book in The Others series, recently and was so excited to jump right into the sequel so soon after. This unique world where we the humans are the lesser creature and it’s the paranormal creatures we have grown to love – werewolves, vampires, etc.- that rule.
Meg, a human living among the Others, is a blood prophet who sees visions of the future when she bleeds. As she is continuing to adjust to life being free of the prison she was raised in, she tries to fight the instinct to cut but is learning that it is best not to ignore the urge completely. When she starts seeing visions of murdered Crows, the Others start to hunt down the people responsible for creating the drugs used to facilitate the attacks against them.
I’m loving how seamlessly Meg is fitting in with the Others. They are so protective of her and she is equally as protective of them. There fates are very intertwined as it seems blood prophets play a large role in what is happening to the Others and what is to come. Meg is starting to stand more on her feet and be independent, even making more human friends around the Courtyard. I love her evolution as a character and find her just as charming as everyone who meets her along the way does.
Nothing makes me more happy than Meg and Simon (the wolf) and their interactions. Sexual tension is starting to build between them even if they aren’t necessarily sure themselves that that is what is happening. Every time the two of them are together on the page I’m smiling and often laughing at their awkwardness or rolling my eyes (in a good way) at Simon’s wolf behavior. I’m sooooo beyond ready for a romance between these too and the slow burn is killing me, in a good way! I appreciate the baby steps it is taking but man, I may not survive the wait. This makes me extra thankful I can binge read the series.
All in all, I just love this world the author has created. This installment really allowed us to expand beyond life in the Courtyard and the dynamic between human and creature is so fascinating. I can see such change in perspective towards one another in the main characters we meet and I’m eager to see how that continues to evolve throughout the series. There is danger, mystery, and excitement that make this series a must read!