Review: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

Posted March 2, 2015 by Carmel in Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy, Werewolves / 72 Comments

Review: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop
Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #3
Published by Roc
Published on: March 3rd, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Black Jewels Trilogy transports readers to a world of magic and political unrest—where the only chance at peace requires a deadly price…

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…

2015 outofthisworld AMAZEBALLS

Let it be known that this series is peerless; Anne Bishop’s world-building is innovative, her characters are exceptional, and the story is obsession inducing. I picked-up WRITTEN IN RED on a whim in 2013, and was wowed beyond measure. My fixation with all things THE OTHERS is so profound that it should be a bona fide medical condition. No joke! I listened to the previous two installments, so I did have some concerns that switching to hard copy might diminish my enjoyment of VISION IN SILVER, but that clearly didn’t happen because for the third time in a row 5-stars just isn’t enough. In this book we learn a lot more about the cassandra sangue, gain perspective on Simon Wolfgard, and get a glimpse of the terra indigene that live beyond the courtyards.

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!

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72 responses to “Review: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

  1. This makes me happy, Carmel! This is a book on my most coveted list for 2015, and I’m glad Anne Bishop is consistent enough to give her readers something to look forward to each time. I’m curious about the progression of romance between Meg & Simon, but it looks like I’m going to have to wait some more. But I’m okay with that. 🙂
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    • It’s no real surprise that the relationship between Meg & Simon is of the slow burn variety; they are of two completely different worlds after all. All of my other most anticipated books of 2015 have been busts so far, SO glad that this one wasn’t!

  2. I read a 5-star review for this book earlier this week over at Urban Fantasy Investigations. Are you all conspiring to empty my bank account? LOL. But seriously, the reviews for this series are incredible. I can’t wait for a chance to devour these books. “Obsession inducing” is a good thing, right? Some people need food or sleep. I need good book series to obsess over. 🙂 Great review.
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  3. Pili from In Love With  

    We’re review twinsies today, Carmel!
    I’ve read the three books in the series so far in less than a month, and I’m seriously having withdrawal symptoms!!

    I adore everything about this world and Simon and Meg and like you I keep on rooting for the terra indigene and hate my own kind (except for the human pack)!!

    Fantastic review Carmel! Waiting for book 4 is gonna be awful torture!!
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    • The internet has been exploding with Vision in Silver reviews these past few days. SQUEE!! It’s rare that I feel so strongly against my own kind, but Bishop makes some compelling arguments. Meg’s human pack is awesome! I don’t even think that book 4 has a title yet. *sigh* Scratch that, it DOES! Marked in Flesh, out March 2016. 😀

  4. I have been neglecting this series, please may you and your serious obsessive condition accept my sincerest apologies. I shall do my best to get caught up really quickly 🙂 I love your review – I mean, it got me interested in the series, so you obviously did a great job. Thanks!
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    • Don’t say I didn’t warn you! As much as I love this series, I think I now require medication as a result. Glad my review piqued your interest. I always have the darnedest time typing up my thoughts because they are never good enough, especially where The Others are concerned.

  5. julie from m5monkeys  

    I adore this series and I love that Anne is doing the slow burn with Simon and Meg. I adore the courtyard and the guard there. I found this series and this is my fave series 🙂 I love how she bring out the simple things for Meg to accomplish and Meg’s Human pack 🙂 Seriously Great review and I can’t wait for the book in the series.
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    • This is one of the rare series where I actually wouldn’t mind if nothing ever happened between the protagonists. Then again, I won’t be upset if something does either. I’m good regardless!

    • I don’t mind the narrator, but you’re right, she’s nothing to write home about either. This is the first installment that I read, and I think that it made a bit of a difference. I still have the Heir to the Shadows audiobook on my iPhone. I’m scared.

  6. Any review with a cowbell reference is a winner Carmel!!! *pats you on back* I really need to read this series, my mother in law has read and reviewed it for the blog (her review of this book goes up soon) and she’s a huge fan. I love that the focus isn’t on humans who can turn into animals, but rather animals that are forced to occasionally wear human skin. Very unique:) Can’t wait to meet Meg & Simon!

    • Hahaha! You caught that one, did ya? I have to hand it to Bishop; she totally took her supes in a different direction compared to the usual UF. Special meat. 😉

  7. After the first sentence, I *had* to read your review to my daughter (home sick) and when I got to the end, she said “wow, I think you better read this.” I concur. I’m liking the idea that Bishop’s shifters prefer fur to human skin and I giggled over “clever meat”. I also like that tension comes from misunderstandings between species. And if you think this series is peerless, it’s going to go high on my tbr. Fantastic review, Carmel!
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    • Your daughter obviously approves, and I don’t think that I could have been any clearer in my review. Did I mention there’s ponies!? And, they are anything but ordinary. They weren’t in this installment much, but the last one? Aaww, man! I’m gonna stick to you like white on rice ’til you at least read Written in Red.

  8. I’m about half way through this one right now and I am SO happy to hear that it’s another 5 star book! The HFL really are delusional, you’re so right. I got pretty pissed when they tried to frame my beloved Monty! Grumble. Loving Simon and Meg of course, also really intrigued by developments on Nicholas Scratch…guy seems super evil. More additions to the ‘human pack’ also make me happy. Off to go read this some more! 😉
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    • Argh! Scratch! *shakes fist* Can’t wait to hear your thoughts. I’ve been biting my tongue for soooo long; it feels amazing to finally get this review off my chest. Hehe!

  9. Omg. My review goes up tomorrow. I loved this one too! There’s kind of a funny story around this book that I talk about. For about 5 seconds I thought it was the final book. Can you imagine??? o_O

  10. Everyone absolutely loves this series and I’ve been saying since the first book came out that i’m going to read this series and devour it and hop on the Anne Bishop train.
    I haven’t yet *hides* but I hope too really soon! Especially since everyone seems to be reviewing this one on the blogosphere today and I haven’t heard one negative thing about it.
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  11. God, I have such a love-hate relationship with your reviews, lol! Now I need to read the series, and I know it will take me 100+ years to actually get to it, and will stress over not getting to it soon enough.
    But I’m getting these babies and will eventually read them. Scout’s honor. (which I wasn’t, btw, but you know what I mean :D)
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    • You knew what you were in for; all you had to do was look at my rating, and the review graphics. So, I don’t feel the least bit bad. Eventually is not soon enough. NOW is the only correct answer. 😀

    • All of her titles aren’t created equal; as much as I adore this series, her Black Jewels is very dark. I’m still going to give it a 2nd chance though.

  12. Mogsy from BiblioSanctum  

    I read the beginning and end of the review, because I didn’t want to bias myself – I’m about to read this one too, right after I catch up with Murder of Crows. From what everyone says though, the series just gets better and better! Just today I saw a 5 star review for MoC and now a 5 star review for ViS, looks like I have some great reading ahead of me 🙂
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    • That makes sense, but you’re slacking; I would have thought that you would have gotten to this one already. You must be talking about Danya’s review. I read it earlier today.

  13. I’m so happy to see that you’re still having a great time with the series. I so love it and I can’t wait for more once again. So many things there, wonderful characters, an impressive world and all that. So good! Great review!

  14. I absolutely can’t wait to read this book, I’ve put it on hold at the library and that day can’t come fast enough when I have this in my hands! I love how every installment kind of ramps up a part of the world in that respect, and here the tensions between the human and the terra ingene sound like it would be interesting. Wonderful review Carmel!
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