Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

The Others, #3


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…

“Why couldn’t they just give the human female a bag of money and then pee on the building so that everyone would know it was theirs?”

The series was still addicting by this point, but there's a lot of downtime. I think the focus of the books now is to progress the overall plot of the FULL series, not just one book with its individual story. While the author wants to focus on how the whole world is affected individually, I'm more interested in the town of Lakeside. It's fascinating when its there, but when we switch to the cops point of view too much or other characters, the story stutters a little for me. I think its a personal preference with how I enjoy world-building.

I see the points of the 'others', but I got annoyed a few times with too much assumption of superiority - it makes sense since they live through animal urges more than complex layers of emotions would leave them not understanding people fully - but the assumption that they are more layered and intelligent gets old, especially when it doesn't make sense.

Another thing that irritated me was people overreacting with Meg in the barn and not listening to her viewpoint. Yes, she was putting Nathan in a bad spot, but this is the first time I've seen her act so badly and out of control. They are usually understanding on her being out of control, and I felt their defense of Nathan but turning on her collectively made it feel like she wasn't as part of the accepted group as she thought.

All of the Lakeside characters are still incredible. Vlad and the vamps are amusing. Simon is endearing. The worldbuilding is creative with the creatures in it. The problem is that while I like Monty and the other cops, the author seems to think the reader would find their story more interesting than we do. Took way too much of the story up to where it dragged. We see too little of Meg, Simon and the other mains for my liking.

Still a series I'm love, but this wasn't one of my favorites.

   Book Quotes:

“He had a feeling this was one of those times when a male should express positive enthusiasm regardless of what he really thought—especially when he didn’t really know what was going on.”

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