VISION IN SILVER
The Others #3
THE STORY (from Goodreads)
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
The third book in this utterly refreshing urban fantasy series is every bit as outstanding as the previous two, the tensions between the Others and humans escalating at an alarming rate, which in turn makes the fragile relationships formed within Lakeside Courtyard increasingly tenuous.
There's something perversely fascinating about a series that can make you hate the species to which you belong, but Ms. Bishop does an amazing job of showing us the dark side of humanity as seen through the eyes of the Others, and it's nearly impossible not to side with them against the narrow-minded, ego-driven Homo Sapiens. The Humans First and Last movement, an organization whose sole goal is to rip control of all land and industry from the Others and install humans at the top of the socioeconomic pyramid (as they inexplicably feel is their right), makes for a deliciously nebulous villain, earning our hate thanks to their prejudice against the Others and those who support them even though the person leading their charge remains ever-elusive.
Meg and Simon's relationship, an oh-so delicate thing that continues to slowly build with each installment, is a highlight as always in Vision In Silver. Meg is perhaps at her most confused and unsure since she arrived at Lakeside Courtyard months ago in this book, struggling to process the world around her as all her time in captivity finally catches up to her, and she makes just as many missteps as she does steps forward, endearing her to us all the more as she single-handedly ensures the temporary survival of humans everywhere. Without Meg's sweet nature and drive to help all those in need whether through simple assistance and comfort or through her visions, the Others of the Courtyard would undoubtedly have already unleashed their impressive wrath on those who threaten them, and we can't help but fall in love with her for nothing more than being who she is.
Simon is just as adorably confused as Meg as they stumble forward, on edge thanks to the Humans First and Last movement and unclear on how to give or ask for the comfort they both need from one another. The anticipation of the moment when the two of them finally figure out they want to be more than friends is a driving force in these books, and all the romantics at heart are likely to hold their breath throughout wondering if this is the book where it might happen. Overall, another brilliant addition to this series!