Review: Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

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“Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn, see the new, closer companionship as beneficial—both personally and practically.

But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don’t realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land that belongs to the Others—and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs…”

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Review: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

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“The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before—both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him.

Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She knows each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon’s only hope of ending the conflict.

For the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon’s doorstep….”

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Review: Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

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“After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.

The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murder of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard—Lakeside’s shape-shifting leader—wonders if their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or a future threat.

As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now, the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet—and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.”

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Review: Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Written-in-RedThis book was borrowed from the Yolo County Public Library, Davis branch.

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“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.”

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Review: The Pillars of the World by Anne Bishop

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Fairies, or “the Fae,” as they’re sometimes called, have become fantasy literature’s staple characters. Who they are and what they do usually doesn’t vary much between books.

Anne Bishop’s The Pillars of the World, however, explores a reality where the Fae mingle with mortals and rely on them more than even they realize.

In a world that pulses with the elements’ subtle magic, Adolpho the Inquisitor abhors magic. A witch-hunter sworn to “save” magic-touched unfortunates, his hatred compels him to slaughter those who hold the powers of earth, water, air and fire. Adolpho gathers followers and teaches them the arts of extracting confessions and dissipating magic. His teachings prove to have unexpected consequences for the natural realm.

Ari, gifted with the powers of earth and fire, lives alone and nearly friendless until one summer moon when, compelled by a spell, she trysts with a Fae Lord. Now Ari finds herself visited by others of the Fae: some who want to befriend her, others who see her as a threat. The Fae lands are vanishing, their links to the mortal realm dissolving, and many Fae believe the witches are to blame. Beset on all sides, are the witches really at fault, or does guilt lie elsewhere?

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