Backlist Burndown Review: Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop
3.5 Stars , Reviews / February 24, 2017

Murder of Crows is the second installment in The Others series by Anne Bishop. I am listening to these books in audiobook format, and find they are very well suited to that medium. The world is interesting, but not overly complex. With the second book, more details of the world are revealed as the story is told.  I would say pretty much everything from the first book is expanded a bit deeper in this second book. It is all done in a manageable, easy to remember and follow way. In this book, violence is rising and straining the already tense (at best) relations between humans and the Others, particularly in the neighboring town. There are dangerous new drugs that seem to be fueling the conflicts and Meg has had one of her visions and it is full of blood and feathers. But, blood prophets are in a tough position of everytime they cut to learn more, they get one cut closer to death. As Meg and Simon work together, their relationship also deepens. One thing I find a bit strange, borderline irksome, is the romantic interest in a character that is between the two different species (which does not have to be…

Backlist Burndown Review: Written in Red by Anne Bishop
3.5 Stars , Reviews / May 27, 2016

Written in Red was definitely a fun read (listen) this month. When the book starts out, Meg’s history is a bit of a mystery. Since it’s in the blurb I will explain a bit. She possesses special powers to see the future in visions. These visions are brought about by cutting her skin, and the experience can be incredibly painful. Now the interesting thing about her ability is that it is extremely useful to people and also limited in how many prophecies that can do within their lifetime. So they are kept pretty much in captivity with their sole purpose being provide visions to their controllers and clients. As you may have guessed, Meg manages to escape. In her escape, she needs somewhere safe to hide. In comes The Others. In this world, there are humans, and then there are The Others. The Others are the supernatural beings comprised of some beings that readers will find quite familiar such as vampires and werewolves as well as some fresher varieties that add another interesting aspects to the story and world. And while The Others share the world and space, they do tend to sort of colonize into specific areas, isolated themselves a bit from the…