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Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop eARC (3 stars)

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And we're back with a review of Book 3 in Anne Bishop's amazing series, The Others. (I may or may not have groveled and begged for this eARC. No regrets.) The synopsis and review may contain spoilers for the first two books, so if you haven't read them yet, you may want to check out my reviews of Written in Red and Murder of Crows instead.

This eARC was provided through Edelweiss for review. Some things may have changed in the final version.
Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #3
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Published on March 3, 2015
Published by Roc
Final Rating: 3 stars
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…

Review:
The scope of the plot expands like crazy in this book. We finally get a better picture of what's going on with the Humans First and Last moment and its nefarious ties to Cel-Romano.

We also get more information on the other Others, who consider extinction a perfectly viable option. Hear that, humans? You do not want to tick off the super powerful beings who have Elementals like Fire and Ocean along with wolves, bears, cougars, sharks and orca at their disposal. Not that this sort of common sense is prevalent among the humans in Thaisia. Thus, it is up to our friends in Lakeside to keep up good relations with the Others and convince them (at least some) humans should be allowed to live. :)

So yeah, there's some serious stuff going on here. Throw in a murder, grand theft, conspiracies and all sorts of trouble with the blood prophets and we have a very busy book with an expanded cast and larger roles for some of the secondary characters. The result is less of the humor I loved in the first two books. I really, really hope that comes back. When the world is falling apart around you, you need more humor, not less.

Also, the expansion of the secondary characters' numbers and roles seemed to result in less of the individual character interactions and character growth I loved in the previous books, most notably in the case of Simon and Meg. There are still plenty of character interaction scenes- one could argue the entire book was made of them- but they seem to be more plot- than character-focused.

I didn't love Vision in Silver the way I did the first two, but it builds up an increasingly magical and dangerous world, delves into the secrets of the blood prophets and sets the scene for several interesting developments in future books. If you've read Written in Red and Murder of Crows, you won't want to miss Vision in Silver.

2 comments :

  1. Sorry you didn't love this as much as the first two! I was a little disappointed the first time I finished it, but as I've been rereading (again now!), I've notice so much more depth in this story. I like that this book gives us a broader perspective on the world and direction that the series will likely go in the future. Simon and Meg are my favorite, and there is less of them here. Their romance is sooo slow burn, but also a little backwards since they are very very close in some ways, but haven't discovered the more direct romantic things yet. But I love all of their tiny interactions. Happy they've started to figure out that they're in a relationship. I'm definitely desperate for more!

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    1. It's hard to measure up after how much I loved the first two books, but I'm still loving this series (but more humor, please ^^). Sitting down to reread it sounds like an amazing idea! :D

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