Written in Redby Anne Bishop
"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"
Do you guy's know the saying "Do not judge a book by its cover"?
In this case this do not apply, i have to tell you that i fell in love with the book cover the instant i see it and since it is a new book from Anne Bishop i end up buying it.
The worlds created by Bishop are always complex and marvelous and this one is not a exception. Before the humans are created there is a race that inhabit the planet called Others and they are still among us.
In this first book we can see the dynamic between the humans and the Others and how both races survive one another. There is a patio created in every great human city almost like a consulate, where the other live and control the humans. In this patios the only rules that applies are the one's the others define and humans are not tolerated in them.
The only exception is the Lakeside patio!
Simon Wolfgard is a Shape-shifter that can turn into a great wolf and he is the leader of Lakeside patio. He decided that the contact with humans can benefit the others and so there are some shop's in the patio that allow human costumers, including his bookshop "Read and howl for more".
When human Meg enter in the shop in a freezing weather looking for job Simon can not refuse to help her, but Meg is not a normal human and this is the beginning of this story.
The first part of this book is a little overwhelming because we are introduced to so many different races and so many different ideas. Like there are Shape-shifters (wolfs, bears, owls, crows, etc...) there are vampires, there are the elementals (girls that personify the Winter, Summer or even Air or wind) and even a race that are called Cassandra Sangue (some humans that when they bleed they see prophecy's of the future).
Meg is a Cassandra Sangue that escape her controller and is in the run, she accept the job in the patio because is the only place where he cannot reach her. After just a few days in the new job Meg is accepted by the Others like one of them and when a human tries to abduct her this start's a war between humans and others.
I really love this book and like we are used to Bishop's writing transport us to another place altogether. I have read many shape-shifter books or even vampire one's but in this one the ideals of this races are not something we are used to read. In this world these characters are "monsters" they do not feel sympathy for the human and only tolerated them but really they see humans as food with brains, with a few exceptions.
After you get used to the new environment you start to get involved in the story and you want to know more about Meg and all the others in the patio. I really want to know what will happens now that Meg is openly protected by them and after the humans realize what the others can do.
If you like the previous books from Anne Bishop i recommend this one to you, and i only hope that the next one in the collection will be as good or even better than the first.
I give this book 3 out of 5 * (really it is more like 3,5 *) and i only give it and not 4 or more because like most first books there are so many explanations about the world and all the characters that you sometimes do not see many action. Oh do not get me wrong there is action in this book, but only at the final and i would like to see more of it in the entire book.