Monday, March 9, 2015
Review: Vision in Silver (The Others #3) by Anne Bishop
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
Goodreads | Source: e-arc provided by Penguin Publishing Group via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
I hit series burnout a few years ago. Between trilogy overload and disappointing endings, I gave up on the almost 40+ series that I was reading at that time .
The Others by Anne Bishop is one of only two series that I’m committed to. (the other - The Winner’s Trilogy – by Marie Rutkoski)
Bishop keeps pushing the limits of world building, interpersonal relationships and tension between the humans and the Others as they try to hold together their fragile allegiance. She has created one of the most fascinating Urban Fantasies out there right now.
Despite all the five star reviews on Goodreads for Vision in Silver, I have to admit it wasn’t my favorite of the series so far. While things are barreling towards a tipping point – not much really happens and Simon seemed to be in an endless stream of meetings for most of the book.
Secrets are revealed, alliances are shifted, pawns are positioned into place but it all felt like build up for the next book and I was *gasp* bored at times.
Having said that – I could read several more books with just Simon in meetings or Meg handing out dog biscuits to the pups for 300 pages because I love being in this world so much. While I did feel like things dragged at times – when they were good – they were VERY good.
Meg and Simon are one of the best slow burning romances I’ve ever read. Is it frustrating at times? Hell yeah! But it works. Meg’s trauma and lack of experience combined with Simon’s reservations about humans (not to mention Meg’s pesky blood prophet issue) need to be resolved in due time. Not a moment sooner or it wouldn’t ring true.
BTW – I’m the only person I know that has given a less than a 5 star opinion of this book so ignore my minor criticisms ( I would give it a 3.5 or a 4 star rating) and go read this series! It really is fantastic.
You really do need to read this series in order:
~ Book #1 Written in Red
~ Book #2 Murder of Crows
~ Book #3 Vision in Silver