When I bought this book in the closeout section of my grocery store for 50 cents, I wasn't expecting much more than a quick read of some brain candy. Written in Red sat on my to read pile for a couple of weeks until I was between library books and decided to read it.
Between Charles deLint, Jim Butcher and Seanan Maguire, I have a high bar set for new urban fantasy series. I read lots of them and enjoy most of them, but I haven't fallen for a book like this in a while. I devoured Written in Red in under 24 hours and made a point to stop at the library on the way to an oil change this morning to get the next book in the series.
The world-building is excellent, the characters are three-dimensional, the action is gripping and I'm halfway through Murder of Crows and annoyed that I'm going to have to wait for Vision in Silver.
Basically, if you're looking for an impressive urban fantasy series with characters that are real people and is a reminder that vampires and werewolves are not respectively cuddly and sparkly would-be lovers of humans, this is the series to try.