Review: Written in Red (Others #1) and Murder of Crows (others #2) by Anne Bishop

Written in Red (The Others, #1)Murder of Crows (The Others, #2)

5+++ Chocolate Kisses

Now this book I simply just love.  On the surface, it seems like a very simple story.  But there quite alot going on in the story.  So far in book 1 we have the Others who are the terra indigene and humans.  Within humans we have some sub categories which have been forgotten by most of the human population; one being the cassandra sangue or the Blood Prophets.

I do not want to do spoilers for the book, so read no further if you do not want that.

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I reread both books in the series a total of 3 times because I just couldn’t get enough. There was something about the world building that just blew me away and I think I have found the answer as to a cause of that. Generally the humans in the book were a bunch of entitled people who did not live in the reality of their situation in Thaisia. They wanted more and more and when they pushed the boundaries pass reason, they cried victim when something bad happened to them. They thought their technology entitled them to be over the terra indigene and that they were better than them.  They were bigots pure and simple.  it reminds me of the present world where the entitled seem to be quite ignorant of certain things.

 

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This is generally speaking. Individual humans that we met in the two novels showed that not everyone thought that way and these humans worked on bridging that gap for human survival because a few enlightened humans understood their situation and were not ignorant of history. I look forwards to knowing more about the human Burke and what he really knows and hopefully that will be in book 3.
It is also a story of transformation of the relationship between the humans and the terra indigene and we see that through the character of Simon. In such a short time he changed after meeting Meg and to me he was ripe for the changing. It was a delight to watch that happen.

The elephant in the room for me was how will they get to the point where they can live together and when will humanity realize that just because someone does not look like you or have a different culture that it does not mean that they are less than you and when will the terra indigene realize that humans are not just meat.

Book 1 is a bit more fast pace than book 2 but as a reader, that was fine by me.   The slower action made room for some added information that was needed at that point.  Both are the most excellent of reads.

There is romance that I find most enjoyable. The slow burn. How that turns out…. I guess I will just have to wait until the next book to see what happens.

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