Release Date: March 3, 2015
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
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'm going straight to the point because I'm doing this review via my phone sucks (hairy, sweaty, musky, donkey) balls.
I know you've been seeing reviews popping up for the latest The Others novel, so let me get out my bullets and enumerate why VISION IN SILVER rocks!
- RECAPS: It's been some time sicne I've read the previous books, and thankfully Anne Bishop did mini recaps about past events here and there throughout the novel. Sure made it easier to flow with the events.
- THE WORLD & MYTH: There's no single label to classify the world that is The Others. Best thing I can come up with is it's an alternative universe where humans share the world with otherworldly people. And both camps have been in a bloody tug of war over who should own and/or rule it. Currently they're in a truce? Cease fire? Damn it! There's a bit of peace but things are still tense, and Meg and a gaggle of cassandra sangre is the linchpin.
As for the myth, it's familiar but unique. ABishop put her own spin on things she basically created a whole new class of otherworldly beings! Genius!
- THE OTHERS: I love my otherworldly creatures, them things that go bump in the night. But we've seen these "monsters" get romanticized. Turned adorable and fluffy. ABishop gave them back their edge while maintaining a certain level of cuteness.
- IT'S AWKWARD!: Cuteness in the form of extreme awkwardness! The Others lack filters. Period. Maybe VISION IN SILVER wasn't meant to be funny or even comedic, but I was LOL-ing throughout the novel thanks to The Others out of this world comments:
[on crying humans between Nathan and Simon]"No boogers."
"Who doesn't? What comes out of human noses is disgusting."
"Do you think humans will ever realize breasts have no attraction to us once we're weaned?" [Simon on racy novel cover arts]"
- SIMON: In layman's terms, he is the Alpha in this novel although this Wolfgard is more than what this label offers. I don't see him as (my) book boyfriend material but he, and the rest of the -gards, are captivating. Loving Simon is like falling in love with a pansexual.
- MEG: I envy Meg, I want to be her! She's so sweet, innocent, and childlike. It's refreshing to have a fantasy heroine that's not badass and armed with the proverbial scythe, out to exact righteous vengeance.
- CHASTITY: Yup, I know a lot of you love romance. Sorry to disappoint but The Others is devoid of it. It's implied in Meg and Simon's relationship, but whatever romantic feelings these two have for each other is glazed over. Instead of glorious love stories and smokin sexy times, friendship, loyalty, and familial love is the heart and soul of the series. I promise you, it's very touching, you won't even miss the angsty romance! Anyway I love this tidbit though, not every novel should be romance-heavy as it sometimes end up making a mess of things.
VISION IN SILVER: Love it! Read it! One of the best series out there.