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. Mystical creatures. And predators that saw humans as prey.
Meg Corbyn, a cassandra sangue, or otherwise known as blood prophet, found refugee with the shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard as the Human Liaison between the human world and the Others. The Others were comprised by everyone that was NOT human. That included were-wolfs, crows that changed into humans, vampires, mystical creatures, and so many more. The Others were unimaginable powerful, mysterious, and rulers of all. Especially over mankind.
After a bloody war between humans and the Others, their relationship was fragile and at the tipping point of another war. Anything could upset the balance from one moment to the next.
Simon Wolfgard was the leader of the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others, and in charge of filling the position of Human Liaison. From the very first moment he set eyes on Megan and got a good sniff of her, he knew something was off. He didn’t know what it was, just that he wanted to keep her close until he figured it out. That’s how Meg Corbyn found herself being employed and slowly becoming a part of the community at Lakeside Courtyard.
Her genuine and warm-hearted personality endeared her to the residents at the Courtyard and she slowly started building relationships that grew into friendships.
Almost naive in certain ways, Megan was free of any judgment or preconception. All her knowledge came from TV and books. Because of that, she had an unique way of handling situations, especially regarding the Others, which were feared by the rest of the human population.
The Others were not regular shape-shifters. They were less human, more animal. And felt better in animal form than in skin. They also considered humans as monkeys and MEAT. Literally food.
There was a deep abyss between the Others and humans. Animosity, hate, fear, disgust.
Megan, soon to be known as The Meg, slowly established herself as a kind-hearted and cherished person. And the Others at the Lakeside started to look out for her, and took care of her. The day came when her prophetic talents brought on a chilling revelation that forced her to choose her place and path in the upcoming war.
Written in Red was a fantastic book. There were so many things I loved about it. I truly enjoyed the Others. Their unique characters, personalities and unusual creatures made this book unforgettable.
I especially loved Simon Wolfgard. He was such a grump. Fierce, loyal and protective in a primal kind of way. His interactions with Meg and other humans, were hilarious. If he could have gotten away with it, he would have tried to eat them all. After he used them as squeaky toys first, of course.
The Others protectiveness towards Meg was heart-warming. I loved how they all rallied around her. They almost adopted her in their possessiveness. I adored that. For me Meg was the star of the book. I loved her character. She was such a genuinely good person, no pretense or falsehoods.
This book was an amazing surprise in every possible way. And I can’t wait to get started on book 2.