Vision in Silver
Author: Anne Bishop
Title: Vision in Silver
Series: The Others 3
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: Five Petals
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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…
A word of warning before I delve into my review. This book is dark fantasy and Bishop is known for characters and magical powers that revel in blood. It can be graphic at times. This book in particular has scenes of cutting, descriptive character death, and specific mentions of rape. I don't want to trigger someone by recommending a book that may hurt them, so if you know you have any issues with those sort of things, please tread carefully.
After freeing the cassandra sangue, the battle for their lives should be over, yet from page one it is very clear that isn't the case at all. Desperate women with a terrible addiction and no concept of how to live free lives inevitably leads to death, which the others realize only too late to save many. Meg is the only chance they have of saving dozens of lives and she knows she must do everything in her power to help them. Yet, the politics of the world are swirling around again as humans and others contend for land and resources. A great battle is brewing, slowly and carefully approaching the peaceful world of the others and Meg hangs in the balance as the only one that might save them all.
To say I was hooked from the first page is a little obvious, but very true all the same. This book met the high bar set by the previous books in the series and easily surpassed them. No matter how many times I've reread this story I'm still on the edge of my seat for every single page. I desperately want to know how Simon and Meg will get through every obstacle and what they'll have to deal with as repercussions for surviving.
The focus of this book was on the others as a whole. Who they are as a people, a culture, and the differences between each species. I also liked learning the distinction that the others in the Courtyard are merely the vanguard to help keep the unbelievably powerful others living in the wilderness separate from the humans. It provided a layer of depth to the story and let this story stand on its own inside a series of excellent books.
I absolutely recommend this book and this entire series, although I do have to warn that it is dark fantasy and therefore bloody. This book stood out because of the depth it gave the others and the plot that kept me hooked all the way through.
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