Mar 2 2015 9:30am

First Look: Anne Bishop’s Vision in Silver (March 3, 2015)

Vision in Silver by Anne BishopAnne Bishop
Vision in Silver (Others #3)
Roc / March 3, 2015 / $26.95 print, $12.99 digital

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…

Anne Bishop reaffirms her title as the Queen of Fantasy with the third installment in her epic and utterly captivating Others series, Vision of Silver. This complex urban fantasy series takes the sensitive issues of racism, discrimination, and abuse disguised as caring, then showcases them inside a vibrantly magical world that nevertheless has a realistic core. Teeming with intrigue, suspense, heartbreak, and hints of romance, Bishop’s literary skills continue to astound and enchant.

The story reads fast and the writing style flows easily as Bishop continues to build and expand the complex arc and character development. Vivid descriptions and rich detailing draw the reader in effortlessly. Her writing style is like a fine wine that slowly releases its bouquet as it slides down your throat. A more somber installment then the previous two novels, the underlying tension between the humans and the others explodes into the forefront, giving readers no choice but to acknowledge the darker aspects of the story. The consequences of prior actions are compounded upon as payment is demanded in full.

“Let it come. You monkeys have no idea what’s out there in the wild country. But you’ll find out.”

Using the past and present as inspiration, Bishop builds a compelling alternative world that takes its base from the first explorers to land on the North American continent and the subsequent ramifications of those who attempt to take what was not given freely. She chooses to twist the stories, adding a supernatural edge that takes what every schoolchild has ever learned in history and creates a very different outcome.

“There is a sharp tooth tolerance on one side and fear of what walks in the dark on the other. If they are careful, the humans survive. Most of the time, they survive.”

Meg Corbyn and Simon Wolfgard’s slowly evolving relationship remains in the forefront, with special attention continuing to be paid to their differences. Bishop uses their struggles to highlight the major conflict that exists between the others and the humans. Meg is a living experiment, along with other humans who have become integrated into the Courtyard. The Others' acceptance and ability to accept and bond with her and the other humans may be all that stands between the humans and extinction.

“My cousin thinks humans will soon have the capacity to rise up against the terre indigene and lay claim to every corner of this other world. Do you think that can happen?”

“I think that if we were to visit some parts of the wild country, we would find the remains of great civilizations who once thought the same thing—and were wrong.”

Though Meg is free to live as she chooses now, her time spent in captivity still causes confusion as she struggles to understand how to be free. Especially as she now has other newly freed blood prophets counting on her to help pave the way in this new and frightening world they are now part of. Having always used cuts to prophesize, Meg finds that her new friends aren’t as understanding about her need to release through blood and force her to consider other alternatives. She gradually understands their fears but tries to make them understand that she and the Others must never have their choices taken from them again.

“She doesn’t want to die.”

“Neither do I, but I want to be the one who makes the choice.”

Simon continues to tentatively feel his way around his feelings for Meg and humans in general. As a shifter, he views himself as wolf first and human second. He must protect his pack foremost yet his feelings for Meg and her needs are beginning to evolve him and the others around him, causing shifts in the social climate. Common relationship woes have no bearing on either of them as they have nothing on which to base it, yet as Simon’s concern grows for Meg, it adds another layer to their already complicated relationship.

How was he supposed to protect Meg from Meg?

The humor continues to flow through the storyline, adding a nice reprieve from the seriousness of the overall storyline. Bishop attempts to tease out the misconceptions and general differences between the Others and the humans, and their efforts to understand each other are met with laughter.

“What do you expect us to do? Write The Dimwit’s Guide to Blood Prophets?”

Bishop’s ability to achieve a perfect balance of dark and light in her writing and cross multiple genres has this series set on a path to becoming a cult-like favorite that is sure to delight fans for many years to come.

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