Monday, May 23, 2016

REVIEW: "Vision in Silver" by Anne Bishop


Vision in Silver (The Others, #3)
(The Others #3)

Urban Fantasy
Roc -- March 2, 2015
Hardcover, 400 pages
Read in April 2016
Library

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RATING: 5 STARS

SUMMARY
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… 


THEMES AND TROPES
Alternate Universe, Addiction

READING CHALLENGES
2016 Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge
2016 Spooks, Howls, Fangs Reading Challenge

MY THOUGHTS 
Warning!  This review contains minor spoilers for Murder of Crows and Written in Red.

The first two books in the Others series have been engrossing and enjoyable, but Vision in Silver took this world to a whole new level for me.  There are rapid changes occurring in this world and things are being set into place for a hella of a blow-up.  During my reading, I just felt like this was the calm before the storm though that doesn't mean there was a lack of action.  I can tell something big is coming and I am intrigued (and a little scared) about the aftermath.

In the last book, Simon, Meg, and the rest of the Courtyard managed to rescue a large group of cassandra sangue/blood prophets from their captors.  Now these fragile young women are trying to adjust to life outside of their prison.  It appears that more pressure is being put on Meg to be the model for the cassandra sangue and, while she embraces that role, her own issues continue to escalate especially when it comes to her own new to cut and speak prophecy.  I loved the way that this series is developing the blood prophets.  This book really delves into what they are capable of while also not forgetting how important choice is to people who have been taken advantage of for so long.

The Courtyard residents are also dealing with a rogue group of humans that wants to take control of the world despite warnings that there are Others that could wipe out the entire human species.  A major event occurs and an innocent life is left in the balance as the Courtyards Others and their human allies try to prevent a massacre.  I continue to be impressed with the way that Anne Bishop uses friendship to show the respect that the Others are developing for certain members of the human race.  This is a violent, dark world so these improving relationships provide some much-needed hope.  But, these new relationships have a cost to both the Others and the humans which was an interesting twist in this particular installment.

I also have to give a huge shout for the way that this series is developing the romance between Meg and Simon.  This is a very slow-burning relationship due to their species difference and life experiences.  But, it is becoming obvious that there is more between them than just friendship and I appreciated the subtle ways that the author showed these changes.  There is sexual tension that is emerging which also causes some disagreements.  They are both starting to think about how their actions directly affect the other which is just one more step closer to the realization of their true feelings.

Like with my reviews of Written in Red and Murder of Crows, I could just keep going on and on about how much I enjoyed this book, but then the review would just become repetitive fangirling.  So I'll just finish things off by saying (again) how wonderfully complicated and engrossing this series is.  Anne Bishop is considered a legend in fantasy/urban fantasy and it is easy to see why with this book.  Her writing style feels effortless, but is also complex and full of a subtle dark humor that I appreciate.  I can't say enough fabulous things about this series and recommend everyone give it a try.


FAVORITE QUOTE
For now, he and Meg were going to have the adventure of seeing a new place and having a new experience. Together.He wasn't human. Would never be human. And Meg didn't expect him to be. But feeling her hand in his, Simon thought maybe he could learn to be human enough.
BOOKS IN THE SERIES

Written in Red (The Others, #1) Murder of Crows (The Others, #2) Vision in Silver (The Others, #3) Marked in Flesh (The Others, #4) 

4 comments:

  1. So I skipped your review because I haven't read these books, but I do want to. I hear so many fabulous things about this series. I'm a little intimidated though.

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    1. It is just wonderful! You would probably enjoy it in audio...the narrator is really good.

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  2. Great review! I agree that this one really takes off although it does make you nervous for what is coming!!

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    1. I have fallen in love with these characters and I'm scared since things are getting even darker.

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