Review: Visions in Silver by Anne Bishop

Vision in Silver
(The Others #3)
by Anne Bishop
Publisher: ROC
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
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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…

 


Another great installment. Meg has been dubbed the “trailblazer” of the blood prophets and therefor sets out to try to come up with ways to help the other blood prophets survive, if not thrive, outside of the compounds that imprisoned them. Meanwhile, Human Lives First is starting to take more hold throughout the humans, and the terra indigene (Others) are starting to feel the impact this group of humans has. There’s something bubbling among the humans but no one is quite sure what it is or what it will mean for the terra indigene and the humans.

“He could, and would, rid the Courtyard of the sickness called human before it contaminated the terra indigene, before it changed them. He was, after all, the dominant Wolf, the leader.”

I’m still in love with the Wolves and their love of “Wolf” cookies. I still love the Elementals and their steeds, those chubby lil ponies that can wreck so much havoc and decimate an entire continent. Oh, and I love that we get to see Tessa in action. I mean, we got a snippet of her powers in the first book but I really felt like the author gave us more Tessa. Ah, I loved it. I got chills as we got to be in her head as she plotted and killed a pair of humans. Again, I’ve said this before and I’m sure I’ll keep saying it again throughout this series but I just love how feral and cut-throat the terra indigene are. They’re rolling their eyes and chuckling at Meg one moment, scared of the “gaggle of females” that make up Meg and her friends the next, and then they’re tearing apart humans without any remorse. I loved it! … and I’m not sorry about it at all.

“But Meg looks embarrassed, like a squirrel who fell out of a tree and is trying to pretend she intended to do that.”

I could go on and on about what I loved about this book. Not only do a lot of things carry over throughout the books but we start to see more things unfold between the terra indigene and the humans. This series hits all my happy buttons. It has humor, a smidgen of maybe romance, suspense, action, and lovable characters. I love the way the terra indigene are written and how unhuman-like they are. I am sad that there’s only two more books left to Meg’s story. I’m not normally a fan of long series, I usually tend to lose interest by this point, but I really don’t want this ride to end.

 

Favorite quote…

It was mentioned in the previous book how the terra indigene observed humans in order to mimic them and pass as human. So I really enjoy when one of them says or does something they saw in a movie or read in a book and they don’t get the same result as they thought they’d get. For instance…

“He picked up a pen and moved a couple of papers on the desk. He’d seen a human in a movie do that as a way to end a meeting. Apparently, the females hadn’t seen that movie.”

 

 

 


So here I am, just finished Vision In Silver, book 3 in the Others series and still loving it (already have book 4 Marked In Flesh waiting)! With each turn of the page, I become more invested in the characters and the story and find myself reading until my eyes protest!

This book is sometimes dark, but is filled with humor, love, hate, new beginnings, death and plot twists.

One part of the book that made me laugh was during a meeting between Steve and Simon. Steve said, “The whole village is scared. We are piss-in-the-pants scared, and we need help.” Simon stopped himself from ducking under the table and taking a sniff, but the aborted motion made Steve smile. Picturing this take place cracked me up.

Simon seems to be spending more time in human form and even though you know he’s a Wolf, I would tend to forget. Then as he’s talking to Robert, a human child who asks, “can you really turn into a wolf?” to which Simon replies, “I’m always a Wolf, sometimes I shift to look human.” Later while talking to Robert and his sister Sarah, he refers to them as “pups”. Robert said, “we’re not pups, we’re kids.” Simon eyed Robert and Sarah with more interest. “Little humans can shift into young goats?” Kids were tasty. Would human -turned-goat taste different from goat – goat? It’s just a reminder that while Simon and the Others may look human, it was just a facade.

So as the book goes on, a turn of events leaves Meg upset and with Nathan. Once Simon and Nathan are alone Nathan says, Simon gave the other Wolf a careful look. “No boogers.” “Who doesn’t? What comes out of human noses is disgusting.” I laughed out loud just thinking of these big bad wolves being grossed out over boogers.

I love that just when you think you’ve heard about all the terra indigene, you get introduced to new ones. I really hope going forward we learn more about the Elemental Ocean and the many terra indigene within, mainly the Sharkgard (I’m a total shark nerd).

 

Favorite part

(While the Wolves howled the Song of Sorrow) Meg, kneeling in the grass, one arm around Sam. Meg, howling, adding her voice to the grieving. She wasn’t a Wolf. She wasn’t terra indigene. Despite that, Meg was becoming one of them.

My favorite quote from Meg, “no one has the right to decide if or when we cut our skin, but if we don’t learn to interpret the warning signs that tell us if we really need to cut, we can become the enslavers as well as the enslaved. We can become our own enemy.”

 

 

Previous reviews from The Others
Written in Red
Murder of Crows

 

7 Thoughts on “Review: Visions in Silver by Anne Bishop

  1. Gotta love these 😀

  2. I would really be interested in picking this one up. I hear Anne Bishop is fabulous to read. Glad you both enjoyed this one.

  3. I loved the first two books and even though I cane never get enough of Meg, Simon or The Others, the series kind of waned for me after book #3.

    For What It’s Worth

  4. I’m still needing to read this book. I found the second to lag a bit for me, but I still really loved it. Looks like I’ll probably enjoy this installment as well. Brilly review!

  5. It’s always so exciting to find a series that hits all your happy buttons 🙂 I have these on my list for one day!

  6. I know so many people who have loved this series – I really need to try it!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen Ryland

  7. I LOVE this series!!!

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