Himself bought this series a while ago, and has been gently nagging me to make a start on it, so I decided to do so. After all, if he says it’s a good read, then he’s generally right…
BLURB: 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.
REVIEW: I really liked the immediate sense of tension, as we’re tipped headlong into this story with very little warning. Indeed, I had to double-check to ensure that I’d opened up the first book in the series, seeing as Himself had stacked up the next three books on my Kindle. Meg is an appealing protagonist – initially terrified and disorientated, I liked how quickly she finds her feet and begins to bond with the creatures around her. She has a strong streak of common sense that constantly surfaces and she isn’t all that easily spooked – a major plus when living in close proximity to the Others.
I also liked the cast of supporting characters, though Simon is regularly a bit of an arse – grumpy, short-fused and entitled, basically. Though the fact that he is trying hard to integrate humans into the Others’ community and find ways to live alongside them, rather than simply regard them as meat is a major plus in his favour. Sam, the youngster, is adorable and I also loved the ponies – so particularly appreciated the twist in the story when they show another aspect of their nature.
All in all, Bishop manages to establish a paranormal version of the small-town community that American authors are so good at evoking, which works really well when it comes under attack. I more or less inhaled this book, finding it difficult to put down. No wonder it has proved to be so successful – and I’m now delighted that I have the other books in the series stacked up on my Kindle, ready to go. Himself is right, again – bless him.
Oh Sarah, this is one of my favorite series. It’s such a twist on the usual where the “others” hide in the world of humans. I bugged my daughter to read this and finally made a deal for her to read it and then she read it 28 times! I envy your ability to read it all with fresh eyes. Wonderful review!
Anne – Books of My Heart
Thank you, Anne:). I’ve read several others, as this is a review I wrote a while ago. And I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them.
I already earmarked this series for future reading – even though I have no idea how *far* into the future – but I’m encouraged by your review of this first volume and will try to fit the series into my reading schedule. Thanks for sharing 🙂
You’re welcome, Maddalena! It’s worth checking out – even if you have to lever a space in your TBR pile with a tyre iron:)).
I love that image! So true… 😀 😀
I started this series with the spin off books and now I need to go back and read the first five. So glad this was a success!
Yes – and I’ve now read more of the books:). It’s a great world with a nice twist on the usual shape-shifting stories.