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…
I’ve given five star ratings to the previous books in this series, and Vision in Silver is no exception, testament to the author’s exquisite world building, richly drawn characters and tense plot.
There are so many things I love about this series – the unique premise that is well-fleshed out, and the sheer brutality of the creatures that inhabit the world of The Others – people die, sometimes in horrible ways, and there are beings capable of great destruction. Indeed, this point is re-emphasized as everything comes to a head at the end of the book, and you’re left wondering if anything will be left in the wake of their anger.
In between these ominous events, however, are delightful moments of snark and humour – particularly in the endearing way everyone treats Meg, and in the way the poor creatures try to understand their human pack and their idiosyncrasies which make no sense to these primal beings. And I really love the way the non-biased humans and those in the Lakeside Courtyard work together to try achieve something and show that humans can get along with the Terre Indigne.
My favourite ship of Meg and Simon sails slowly along – even if they’ve only just held hands on the last page! Its frustrating but understandable and lovely to watch them circle around each other – how they trust in one another, and gain comfort from the other’s presence. ❤
The supporting characters are also so well drawn that I’m itching to know all their back stories – from Tess, Nathan, Henry, Blair, Elliot and the rest, to the freed blood prophets, the allies in other courtyards, and the more mysterious Terre Indigne.
Finally, things have very much been amped up in this book, and I spent most of the time reading in horrible anticipation of everything hitting the fan. The scheming, the power plays, the all-too-common xenophobia, the emergence of some of the darker, more powerful creatures in response to the current events… I am simply in awe of this world that Anne Bishop has created, and The Others remains one of my all-time favourite urban fantasy series.