Vision in Silver

Anne Bishop
Vision in Silver
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Penguin Publishing Group
Release Date
March 2015
Book 3 of Others Series
Fantasy Romance, Urban Fantasy

The New York Times bestselling author of The Black Jewels Trilogy transports readers to a world of magic and political unrest—where the only chance at peace requires a deadly price…

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…

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Dec 11, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
123 people found the following review helpful
VISION IN SILVER is the awesome installment in the Others series by Anne Bishop. It continues from the previous books, and it's been some four months or so since Meg arrived at the Lakeside Courtyard. Some humans, specifically those connected with the Humans First and Last movement, have been stirring up the populace into hatred for the Others (i.e. simply, other than human). But there may be a more sinister motive behind it...

I feel we haven't seen the last of the HFL or Nicholas Scratch or the real story of what's happened thus far in this book. I like how Anne Bishop builds layers and layers into, not only her world, but also the series, and we are uncovering each layer with each book. What's fantastic is that those whom I thought are "sideline" characters in previous books, characters who are mentioned but whom we'll never see, are suddenly playing bigger roles in this book. Like I said, layers.

Meg is growing into her own person, but she's still gripped sometimes by her addiction to the euphoria brought about by the cutting. I thought she sometimes make cuts she shouldn't (in previous books, too), and I'm glad to see that her friends are truly being friends here, forcing her to see truths that she didn't want to see. It's also adorable the way she and Simon are learning how to be in a relationship and learning from their human friends. It's funny, because while the romance is very low key here and I'm known to be a romance junkie, I am nevertheless enjoying this and I can't help anticipating what the next move Simon would be making in the romance department.

The worldbuilding is fantastic, with each installment building on the previous book. For those who haven't read the series, a short description that I lifted from my review Written in Red: "The mythology of this series is something unique. While there are the shifters (wolves, bears, crows, hawks) and vampires (the Sanguinati), they are different from what you'd usually encounter in paranormal romances. Called terra indigene, they are a force with a mysterious first form that later took on these animal forms. Some learn another form--the human one--in order to deal with humans. Or, at least, that's how I understand it. They are earth creatures, very attuned to their animal forms, and they are the monsters in our literature, because they don't hesitate to eat men when men betrayed them or broke one of their rules. They are, in fact, the primary force in the world, and humans are allowed to live by their indulgence, and also because humans are useful with their many inventions."

One of the creatures in this world is the cassandra sangue, humans who have special abilities. Cassandra sangues are blood prophets, meaning they can foretell a prophecy by cutting their skin. Meg is such a one, and thus far, she's the catalyst by which the relations between the Others and the humans is changing. I can't wait to read more about the cassandra sangue, and hope that there really is a way for them to live until old age. Hope (the girl who likes to draw and color) seems to have found a way, and here's hoping Meg will too, and that she'll have an HEA with Simon. With Ms. Bishop's books, one really has to hope very hard.

However, I do think Ms. Bishop made the terre indigene too powerful. There seems to be a power imbalance, with the humans all too much at the mercy of the Others, as they are allowed to live on the land only by the indulgence of the Others. It's like humans are "prisoners" with invisible chains, and the fear of annihilation promised or guaranteed their good behavior. And once there's bad behavior, retribution follows...and almost always the Others win, because they control the land and the sea. A point in case is what's happening in this book, where the Elders' wrath is stayed only because of their interest in Meg and what Simon has been doing with the humans in his courtyard. Come to think of it, that reminds me of the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Bible. Something like, "If there are fifty righteous men in the city, I will not destroy it..."

But I digress.

Overall, I'm enjoying this series a lot, I'm absolutely in love with it and I seriously can't wait for the next books!
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