Vision in SilverSeries: The Others #3
by Anne Bishop
Published by Penguin, ROC on March 3rd 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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…
It’s The Others time!
Back to Lakeside Courtyard and all the wonderful inhabitants that call it home. This is a series that every person who calls themselves a fan of urban fantasy should be reading. Anne Bishop has built up such an amazing world with smart and unique cultural dynamics. I often times find myself slowing down and re-reading passages to make sure I understood what I just read and to savor the intelligence of a passage. I don’t claim to be the sharpest knife in the drawer so this happens a bit.
I ABSOLUTELY recommend this series be read in order. Starting this series by picking up this book and trying to follow along doesn’t do the story justice. You’d have no frame of reference for the characters or know any of the backstory. You’d just simply miss out! And to make matters worse, you might put up a poor review of this book and then I’d just have to hunt you down scribble on your forehead in permanent marker while you sleep.
Oh, right… I’m supposed to write a review for Vision in Silver here.
The overall story arc picks up immediately after the last book, Murder of Crows. The Others have taken a stand on the cassandra sangue, which Meg is one of them, and the Others are feeling the effects of their actions from the humans. In this book, there is a mystery that needs solving but there is also an ending to a story arc that has been going on since book one. I didn’t think it was a plot thread that would be solved so quickly but to my delight, it was.
Meg, the main protagonist in the book and the point of view you read most often, is finding out she is fallible. Her logic and reasoning has helped her survive to this point but living in the real world is hard and she is still adjusting her way of thinking. If she doesn’t, she won’t survive the wrath of her “friends”.
Speaking of Meg’s friends, I have to say that Tess is still my favorite character in the series. Am I the only one who notices that she acts the most closely like a human AND she happens to be one of the deadliest Other beings in the “world”? Coming in a very close second for favorite characters, especially after Vision in Silver, is Captain Burke. I’d love to see a novella about Burke and his experiences from his past in the Wild. He IS the cleverest meat.
Ms. Bishop added a handful of new characters. Nothing says irony better than a sharp dressed vampire schooled in human law.
I do have this niggling feeling in the back of my head that someone, some human, is a traitor and I fear the day the poop hits the fan. Humans suck… right?!