WRITTEN IN RED
Bishop has always been a storyteller whose worldbuilding is second to none, but she really outdoes herself with her brand-new series featuring a re-imagined Earth where humans are most definitely not at the top of the food chain. All of the myriad characters in this tale, whether protagonists or minor players, are mesmerizing and beg for further exploration. At times brutally realistic, there is also an air of sweetness in this novel that focuses on a young woman’s fight for freedom. Awe-inspiring and absolutely not to be missed!
Over the centuries, humans and Others (or “terra indigene”) have reached an uneasy truce whereby humans live in towns and cities, but within each there is a fenced park or courtyard inhabited by the shapeshifters, vampires and elementals who enforce the terms of this longstanding agreement. As the Others literally consider humans “meat,” violations are terminal. Meg Corbyn is on the run and desperate enough to apply for the “human liaison” position at Lakeside Courtyard. Shapeshifter Simon Wolfgard is puzzled by Meg, but decides to allow her to stay. Against the odds, Meg quickly gains acceptance from a number of Others, but Meg is hiding a very big secret — one that could start a war. (ROC, Mar., 448 pp., $25.95)