Series: The Others #3
Published by Roc on March 3, 2015
Genres: Adult SFF, Urban Fantasy
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My Reviews in this series: Written in Red, Murder of Crows
*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
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…
The power of the media
Vision in Silver heavily brings to the forefront one of the prevailing themes in this series, that of the Others not being very familiar with humans and the way they do things. This usually doesn’t bother the Others overly much and they have been content to stay mostly ignorant of them. But in this case the power of the media and of deceit is allowing for a large scale campaign of hate and fear to be launched across the continent against them.
Where Meg goes into Information overload
In this installment there was also a focus on Meg and the way she takes in and handles information. If you’ve read and remember from the previous books, prophets learn about the world through controlled images they were given. These images were in binders for them to study so that the images could then assist the prophets when they speak prophecy. But now that Meg is out in the world she has been taking in so much new information that she has finally hit overload. Honestly, I thought the reactions she had in this book would have been more aptly suited to the first or second book because if prophets were/are as sensitive as suggested by her now reactions and by the reactions of all those other rescued girls, then Meg should have been displaying these signs of stress way sooner then now. This was a bit of a sticking point for me about Vision in Silver and really my only gripe.
This watched pot isn’t boiling – just a small simmer
I am sure all the other fans like myself are loving the romantic potential in this series but also perhaps gnashing their tenth by this point to see how slowly it moves. But I think this is completely necessary. Not only do Meg and Simon have a species hurdle to overcome, they have a cultural one and the fact that Meg is so sheltered, slightly damaged, and she doesn’t know anything about relationships. Neither for that matter does Simon really – at least not where humans are concerned. I adore the way things are progressing because I don’t feel like there is unnecessary angst but a good progression of their friendship and the deepening of their affections for each other. I do wish we’d have been able to see more progression in this installment but anything even vageuley romantic took a major backseat to the other plot lines that were going on.
I love it that we’re the villains
I definitely think one of the things that I love about this particular urban fantasy series is that no matter how brutal the Others can be with their judgement and natures, it always serves a natural purpose. Where as a whole the human’s depths of lies, greed and brutality are painted to serve no natural purpose other then some self serving ends usually of the bad kind. There are of course a few exceptions and humanity probably isn’t bad but just so completely different in their natures that you can’t help but see the overall human population as the bad guys. I really like this theme in the books and it is so strongly felt in this installment that it makes me wonder where the author is going to take the series next. How much lower is she going to take these villains as she has already shown us so much of the evil people are capable of.
Vision in Silver is another fabulous installment! Still among my favorite urban fantasy series, both gritty and dark yet full of hope and compassion.