Written in RedSeries: The Others #1
by Anne Bishop
Published by Penguin, ROC on March 5th 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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.
If you’ve been living under a rock, you may have missed the fact that everyone is loving all over The Others series by Anne Bishop. I finally made it a priority to find out what all the fuss is about. Without a doubt, the fuss is duly warranted – Anne Bishop kicks ass with her rich storyline and intricate world building. Down with humans!
Yes, humans suck dishwater in Ms. Bishop’s world where The Others, those beings that are not human such as vampires, shapeshifters, and elementals, rule the land and allow humans to exist in little human cities. It’s a tenuous relationship where often times silly humans forget that they are just food for the Others and not much more.
Until one cold night when Meg Corbyn shows up at Simon Wolfgard’s book store looking for a job. Meg is human but for some reason, Simon, who is a wolf, doesn’t smell or sense Meg as being prey. Because he is in need of a human “liaison” to accept deliveries from human companies, he hires Meg on the spot. Immediately, everyone in the Courtyard (where the Others live close to humans) take notice of Meg. Why is Meg here for a job? Is she running from something or someone?
I was not expecting this GOOD of a story, people! Believe the hype.
Normally, I’m not a fan of stories told in multiple POV because I think it just muddies the voice and tone of the story and the plot gets lost sometimes. But Ms. Bishop used the multiple POVs brilliantly to illustrate the affect one person could make on an entire community. Think domino effect.
Besides the story being fabulous, I am in love with each and every character. It goes without saying that I’m head over heels in love with both Meg and Simon. But my favorite supporting characters? It has got to be Tess first. She is so “complicated” – I felt sorry for her by the end of the book. I also like all the elemental girls at the lake and Jester Coyotegard. Just like a coyote, he is always giggling. One more… the crows! How about Jake and the pens? Grandfather Erebus… oh he is a delight!
I could do this all day!!
If you haven’t picked up this series yet, I advise you to check it out. I’m just one vote out of a TON who concur… you really should.
Why are you still here?