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Vision in Silver (A Novel of the Others) Hardcover – March 3, 2015
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Praise for Vision in Silver
“The Queen of Fantasy...Teeming with intrigue, suspense, heartbreak, and hints of romance, Bishop’s literary skills continue to astound and enchant.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers
“Bishop’s world building is second to none.”—Fresh Fiction
“Storytelling that is flawless...A fascinating, fun, tense, and exciting story, in a complex world.”—The Reading Café
“Anne Bishop is so good at writing character development....I love this series and I NEED MORE!”—USAToday.com
“Without a doubt one of the best UF series on the market.”—RT Book Reviews
“A stunningly original yarn, deeply imagined, beautifully articulated, and set forth in clean, limpid, sensual prose.”—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop is a winner of the William L. Crawford Memorial Fantasy Award, presented by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, for The Black Jewels Trilogy. She is also the author of the Ephemera series, the Tir Alainn trilogy, and the Novels of the Others—including Etched in Bone, Marked in Flesh, Vision in Silver, Murder of Crows, and Written in Red. She lives in upstate New York.
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I will try to limit my use of superlatives but my first thought was that Written in Red was one of the best books in many years, Murder of Crows while being a 5 Star reading experience was missing that elusive “I can’t put this book down” quality. Vision in Silver has recaptured that feeling that I had while reading Written in Red.
Seldom do many books live up to their own hype; this one did and surpassed it. You may notice I am not giving a lot of examples because almost anything I can say about this book could be a spoiler other than Meg becomes more a part of the Lakeside Courtyard and is considered by them to be more than human and almost terra indigene. The fact is that any action against Meg would be considered an attack on The Others which is another comforting thought in this world. We do get to know more about the world in general and it is amazing just to consider the things that are fact in this world that would be mythology in almost any other novel you ever read.
Good things happen, bad things happen and you find out more about what The Others consider important and you keep wondering how the humans on this planet get so stupid at times. You should never forget that The Others still are the predominate predators not to mention pretty much the owners of this world, the humans keep forgetting that bit of intelligence.
A note: You will love the very last page :)
Bottom Line: This is going to be one of the Top 5 Urban Fantasy novels of 2015, it is just too good for me to describe without sounding like a slobbering fan and not a reviewer. To use an old cliché, if you only get one book this year, this is that book!
The blood prophets were the main plot focal point; free of their keepers, these girls are ill-equipped for life outside the compounds, and now it’s up to Meg to set them on the correct path. She and the other members of her human pack are attempting to write a sweet blood 101 guide of sorts. Little is known about the cassandra sangue, so a lot of it came down to trial & error with Corbyn as the lab rat. I liked how the author approached this aspect of the story, the progression was gradual, and each new discovery felt as though it could be the key to their very survival. Meg’s triumphs became mine, and her setbacks were absolutely devastating. Most were small things, but when experienced from such an innocent POV as this series’ protagonist, they became monumental.
Most stories that feature shifters put emphasis on the humanness of the characters while as Bishop does the total opposite. Her various gards don people flesh out of necessity, but it’s evident that they prefer fur, and view mankind as ‘clever meat.’ This is part of what makes THE OTHERS universe so original because misunderstandings between the two species occur frequently from common expressions being taken literally to every day gestures being grossly misinterpreted. I enjoyed gaining perspective on how the terra indigene see the world through Simon because he’s the most progressive leader among them which makes his outlook fabulously unique. He’s tasked with a huge decision at the end of this novel, and the outcome could be… scary.
This leads me to this book’s second main plot thread. Tension between THE OTHERS and humans has reached a boiling point, the Humans First and Last movement is gaining momentum and people are being forced to choose a side. You’re either a Wolf lover or a delusional HFL supporter who believes that mankind actually has a chance at being the dominant species. Bishop has succeeded in making me hate my own kind by illustrating the barbaric nature of Thaisia’s citizens, and highlighting the underlying prejudice that exists in all societies. The author makes it impossible not to cheer for the terra indigene, and eagerly anticipate the fast approaching day of reckoning when the wild country finally shows its teeth, and establishes once and for all who’s predator and who’s prey.
There’s only one cure for a VISION IN SILVER book hangover, and it’s more Meg & Simon!
There are a lot of things going on in this book. The other blood prophets like Meg that have been rescued for the facility are having a hard time adjusting to life in the outside world. The individuals caring for these girls really do want to help but they don't know what they should do. Meg, along with members of her human pack as Simon calls them, works to come up with a list of tips and rules to make the adjustment easier.
Tension is building between the Others and their human neighbors. The Humans First and Last or HFL movement is really showing up everywhere. Many human businesses do not want to deal with the Others any more and opinions are starting to seem hostile. Humans are no longer welcome in the shops in the courtyard with the exception of certain known people. Things are definitely becoming very tense.
I do love the characters in this series. Probably a bit more with every book. Simon is just amazing. He is my favorite character in this story by a lot. Meg is great although she did have a few meltdowns in this book that didn't really seem like her. Henry, Vlad, Tess, Skippy, Nathan, and Sam are all starting to feel like friends you want to have around.
I did think that the pace of this book was a bit slower at times. There were plenty of incredibly exciting moments to keep things interesting. I really did enjoy seeing a bit from the point of view of one of the girls as she starts to learn to adjust to life outside of a facility. I hope that we get to see more from her in future installments. Simon and Meg are still dancing around each other and I don't even know if I want to see them become more than friends or not. They don't seem to know so I guess it is okay that I don't.
I would highly recommend this series to others. This series has so much going for it with fantastic characters and excellent world building. I can't wait to see what happens next!