Sometimes, a book comes along that has so many fantastic concepts that you have to stop and say, “I wish I’d written that.” Anne Bishop’s Written in Red is one of those books. In Bishop’s world, the Others were created first: the Wolfkind, the Vampires, the Crows, and other creatures we’d consider legends. Humans came along later, looked on as easy meat, but tolerated for their inventing abilities. Humans are limited to small towns surrounded by the terra indigene/Earth Natives/Others. In the few cities, Courtyards are established, embassies of Others that deal with the human infestation and interact for business purposes.