Vision In Silver

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Expected Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Penguin
Imprint: Roc
Author’s Website: http://www.annebishop.com/
My Source for This Book: Edelweiss
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, The Others
Series Best Read In Order: Yes
Steam Level: Chaste

Official Blurb:

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…

What Worked For Me:

  • As always, I loved the world-building and large cast of character. While this unfortunately means that new readers probably should start the series from the beginning, anyone who enjoyed the previous books is going to love this one.
  • Ms. Bishop’s writing style is one of my favorites.  She takes the most mundane day-to-day tasks and makes them seem interesting, because rather than it feeling as though she’s simply trying to pass time between events, this style gives us the chance to really get to know the ever-growing cast of secondary characters.  By the time I was done reading, I felt as though many of these characters were my pack — I knew them, and was very protective of them.
  • And that point leads into this one — war is coming between the Others and the Humans, and as with any war, there are losses on both sides.   While I’m never happy to see any character that I’ve grown to love bite the big one, I can definitely say that knowing that no character is completely safe makes for a much more intriguing read.
  • As with the first two books in the series, I thoroughly enjoyed how inhuman the Others are. Most authors make a point to romanticize shifters, and make them into what amounts as a human who happens to go furry.  This is not the case with the Others — a fact that the humans in this series tend to forget due to their exposure to the more “human” Others who stay in the Courtyards and act as an intermediary between the humans and the Others who cannot even come close to passing as human.
  • loved the situation with the other cassandra sangue, especially watching them adapt to a world without benevolent ownership.   There is a development with the coping methods that the girls use, and it was perfect.
  • As for romance, this is the slowest burning romance I think I have ever read, but it’s definitely there if you are looking for it.  Simon’s possessiveness of “his” Meg, and their deepening friendship was a delight to read, and I cannot wait for them to finally realize that there is something more than just friendship between them.

What Didn’t Work For Me:

  • Both of the previous books ended with what was obviously an opening for more in the series, and I didn’t really have a problem with it, because the main issues in each book’s individual storyline was completed, even as the overall series arc was just getting started.  In Vision In Silver, however, there was a bit too much of the story left over after the “big action” scene that usually makes up the climax of a tale.   Even though I know it’s not the case, I was left feeling as though nothing had been resolved, and that made this story feel more like a bridge between previous books and something wondrous and terrible coming on the horizon.  I even went back and re-read the trilogy so far to make sure that I hadn’t felt that way with the previous books, and sure enough, both of the previous installments left me satisfied but still craving more. Unfortunately, this book’s ending succeeded mainly in making me frustrated, and that drew down my final rating a bit.

I have been waiting ages for this book, and it was well worth it.  Foolish humans are still showing that they don’t learn from their own history, and continue to chafe and push against the restrictions placed on them by the Others who rule the lands.  Simon and the rest of the Others who run the Lakeside Courtyard may be the only thing that stands between the idiot humans and the truly terrifying Others who live in the wilderness areas, far beyond any human civilization.

As a lover of all things romance, I of course clung to every tiny hint that there may be something more between Simon and Meg, but it’s not simply my romantic heart reading too much into things this time; even though we don’t get anything as heavy-handed as them actually talking about their developing feelings, it’s very obvious that Meg and Simon both have changed due to their unique relationship.  Even though this is probably the slowest developing romance I have ever read, it’s definitely there, and is just enough to keep the romance addict in me satisfied.

There is a very large cast of characters in this series, with even more new faces appearing in this installment, and so I have to say that I would not recommend that new readers try to pick this one up without having read the other two.  While Ms. Bishop does a lovely job of refreshing our memories without hitting us over the head with it, the intricate relationships between all of the characters is something that readers need to have a basic understanding of before attempting to enjoy this one.

As with the other books in this series, I loved Ms. Bishop’s skill at taking the mundane daily activities of her characters and turning each and every one of them into an insight into the individual players.  There’s a delicate balance between action and characterization in this series as a general rule, and Vision In Silver did an excellent job of moving the plot forward while still making every character feel like family.

I had a tiny issue with the somewhat cliffhanger of an ending, but overall, this was an excellent installment to what is already easily one of my favorite series of all time.

4halfA very solid 4.5/5 Stars