Hardcover, 448 pages
Published March 5th 20130
by NAL Hardcover
So, I promised you guys a review for a wonderful read of mine, and here is it! I hope it entices you to read this fabulous novel, the first book of a promising series.
Earlier this week I shared a Quote It! post with you citing many great quotes that I loved. So, here go!
My Rating: ★★★★★
No one creates realms like "New York Times "bestselling author Anne Bishop. Now in a thrilling new fantasy series, enter a world inhabited by the Others, unearthly entities--vampires and shape-shifters among them--who rule the Earth and whose prey are humans.
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 absolutely loved this novel. You might have gathered that already. I thought it was brilliant. The world building was smart, but pivoted around the story of Meg, how she came to be the Liaison and how the Others are reacting to her. Meg isn't a typical human, and that's not just because she's a cassandra sangue. The environment she was raised in seems to have left her innocent and sweet, and the Others find themselves amused by her but also, oddly protective of her as well.
I loved how as follow Meg through her day to day life, adapting to living on her own, we also get to know something about the Others. How they view humans. The world. And we get to see the preception shift a bit because of Meg. She becomes "our Meg" to them, someone they consider one of their own. This is a position that has probably never before been held by a human and it was fascinating to see the Others changing how they did things (in teeny, tiny small ways) because of Meg,
|Book Two of The Others|
Released March 4, 2014
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Meg is definitely a sought after commodity thanks to her fine skin. The actions centers around plots to get her back to her Controller, and I know that this will be an on going story line as the series progresses. But when Meg has a vision of Sam being caught, she puts herself on the line knowing full well the danger out there, to save him. She is a sweet character, and one I came to adore, but I loved her quiet strength and resolve as well.
The novel was well paced, and I was not for one second bored, but the second half, especially last quarter had me gripped. I could not put down this book! I loved the storm, and all the dangers it held, I loved the actions taken by Meg and Simon, I loved how Winter let the entire city feel her wrath and anger, I loved that Aisa got was coming to her. It was a whirlwind of an ending, and I enjoyed each delicious word.
But what I loved best? The way the novel quietly plays into book two. Simon has some ideas about what might be causing the sickness that has been spreading among humans and Others alike, and it's connected to the blood of the cassandra sangues. This was a purely fantastic read with a hint of a romance building under the story, and I'm dying to read more of this series.