Over the past two weeks I have gone on an Anne Bishop glom. I was lucky enough to be offered an ARC of the first book in her new series. Written in Red blew me away. When I mentioned how much I enjoyed it Tori from Smexybooks suggested that I try her Black Jewels trilogy. While the two series are very different from each other in specific ways they both have the same overall feeling to them. Hopefully if I describe why I like the books and her writing y’all can give me some suggestions on similar authors or series!
The World Building
Ms. Bishop writes more of a fantasy/urban fantasy feel than romance. That’s not to say there isn’t romance in the books because there is, the romance just plays a more subtle role to the story and the world building. I am a complete, 100% romance lover so for several books to suck me in like these did and for me to love them, without the overwhelming presence of romance, really says something. Ms. Bishop tells a story, a mesmerizing, complex and layered story so much so that I don’t even miss the romance that doesn’t play a central part.
The best word I can come up with for her characters is unapologetic. They are written is such a way that they do whatever is necessary for the goal. Written in Red focuses on some brutal supernatural characters that rule their world. Some of the death scenes were graphic and gory but felt exactly like what they needed to be. You can’t be squeamish and read Anne Bishop. She pulls no punches with her characters and that gives the story a more authentic and realistic feel.
The story arc
I would like something that carries over through several books. Oftentimes I feel like the story needed more, like I was cut off just when it was getting good. The Black Jewels trilogy felt complete. There were three books and so many threads but when it ended, it ended with me satisfied by the outcome. Written in Red, while only the first book in her new series, has that same feel. I think we will be in this world for many books and the story will be one that follows these characters. I want several books with the same main players, not new ones.
Hopefully I gave you a good idea of what I am looking for. So maybe you can help me out?
Fill in the blank: If you like Anne Bishop’s books, then you should read ___________.