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Review: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

Vision in SilverTitle: Vision in Silver

Author: Anne Bishop

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: The Others (Book #3)

Publication Date: March 3, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 400 Pages

ISBN-10: 045146527X (Roc/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451465276 (Roc/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

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…

Quick & Dirty: Another excellent installment in the Others series even though this novel felt like a bridge novel leading up to something major within the series.

Opening Sentence: Meg Corbyn entered the bathroom in the Human Liaison’s Office and laid out the items she’d labeled the tools of prophecy: antiseptic ointment, bandaged, and the silver folding razor decorated with pretty leaves and flowers on one side of the handle.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The third installment of the Others series, Vision in Silver, continues the dark and extraordinary world of the mysterious Others and the humans who hope to gain control. Three novels in and I am still on the edge of my seat for how this war will be solved. I am also intrigued by how Meg and Simon’s relationship will evolve as the books progress. The multiple POV’s add new characters in this thrilling alternate world. I highly recommend reading the two previous books in this series because the overall story continues through all the books. I think book three is more of a bridge book but the lines of war are drawn and some terrible things happen that will draw repercussions to the next books in the series.

Spring has come to the Lakeside Courtyard. It is a time of renewal, for the Humans have started to change the Others in a way that may be better for Humankind. The biggest challenge that the Others are having to deal with is the release of the cassandra sangue. These blood prophets cannot deal with being in the outside world and stimuli, plus it doesn’t help matters that the humans have lied to them their entire lives so they see the Others as the big, scary enemy. The Others are also learning to adapt to the few “nice” humans who have protected Meg and are helping to use their strength to protect those humans who don’t believe in the Humans First and Last movement.

Vision in Silver focuses on the animalistic side of the Others and how they cannot quite understand the motivations and actions of humans. Simon wants to protect Meg and he knows that in order to protect her that he also has to protect the human pack that she has created around her. Simon wants to stay true to his wolf side but he knows that adapting these humans into his pack may be for good, while he doesn’t want to turn too human himself. While trying to protect the humans of Lakeside, Simon is also having Meg determine the best way to treat the other cassandra sangue and how best to keep them alive. Lieutenant Montgomery deals with a personal tragedy. Captain Burke knows the seriousness of what a terra indigene can do to a human and how easily we can be wiped out so he is working his hardest to keep that from happening. The Humans First and Last movement are blaming a lot of bad things on the Others in order to incite a war.

This installment kept me enthralled throughout the entire story, even though I had a feeling how some events would play out. I am really thrilled with the new POV of a cassandra sangue and how she is dealing with her new surroundings. There is a major conflict near the end of the novel but it didn’t really feel like a climax to the story. The major reveal is the motivations behind the Humans First and Last movement which is why I felt this was more of a bridge story. Plus, Simon has to make a decision that could end the world as the humans know it.

Overall, this is a dark, original series that I highly recommend for someone who wants to be immersed in a different kind of fantasy world. There are hints at a budding romance and I really can’t wait to see where that goes.

Notable Scene:

Simon looked around the apartment. No pack here to help guard the young. No one to protect the Lizzy when Montgomery had to do police things.

Humans were like sticky vines. If you didn’t escape at the first touch, you got more and more tangled up.

Most of them were meat, would always be meat. But, damn it, now when he looked at some of them he just didn’t see them as meat anymore, even when he wanted to bite them for a transgression.

The Others Series:

1. Written in Red

2. Murder of Crows

3. Vision in Silver

4. Marked in Flesh

5. Etched in Bone

6. Lake Silence (2018)

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FTC Advisory: Roc/Penguin provided me with a copy of Vision in Silver. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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