The New York Times best-selling 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 Anne Bishop (P)2015 Penguin
I enjoyed the first book the most and the second book was ok but this last book was a huge bore. Barley anything happened. Most of the novel was filled with minutiae and seriously lacking on plot and more importantly it lacks on character development. Very let down. It was as if the author didn't care about the series anymore and just slapped it together.
I really love this series. I cannot wait for the next one. The first book is one of my all time favorites and I have listened to it multiple times. This book continues the story from the first two and is just a as addicting. It is not as good as book one, but I think it is stonger than book two. I hope it is not another year before we get the next installment.
"I have a beef with the author"
Everyone's different perspectives on the situation. Some things you can guess ahead of time but the reveals are always perfect.
I love all the scenes when Simon and Meg are confused.
During one scene, one of the girls spends time on the porch. I cried; her description of her joy was beautiful.
My beef is, these books are so long that when they are over, I feel like I have binge-watched a show. I don't want to leave the world created for us. I wouldn't want them shorter, in fact, longer would be preferred. I love this series.
"Weakest in the series"
After reading the previous books, Vision in Silver was a disappointment. We left the story after just having freed a whole bunch of blood prophets, and this book picks up right after that. This slows down the pacing of the series to a crawl since the author suddenly has to make up reasons why the free prophets aren't doing so well. To do so she rewrites Meg's personality.
In the previous books we see her deal with the outside, unknown world very well. Suddenly, after months, Meg starts having difficulty dealing with everything so that there can be a contrived plot device to find out how to help the other prophets. It is a very lame and transparent way to manipulate the plot, and it rewrites Meg's character.
There's another story arc woven into it all about the one human cop, but it's uninteresting and unsurprising. The lines between 'bad guy' and 'good Other' are so clearly drawn none of the plot arc was a surprise.
The narration was okay overall, but Harris felt the need to wholeheartedly howl when the characters did. It's obnoxious.
"The Title says it all"
Yes I would because it takes us to another world that is seen through several eyes. It is exciting and I really look forward to what happens next.
I have to say I enjoy Simons jealous of others. I really liked it when he got jealous of Sam because he got to rub Megs head. I also I am enjoying how the story is taking the friendship of Meg and Simon toward romance but in a slow place were they are learning to become more together. I also love seeing how the others are learning to except some of the humans and there ways enough to ask them questions.
Yes and she did a great job.
I have enjoy all three of the others series and I love Anne Bishop world. I really look forward to learning and getting to know some of the new members we have meet in this book and also I hope to see Meg and Simon grow more.
"the flow of the series is painfully boring"
I love Anne Bishop's series, my favorite being The Black Jewels Trilogy.
This serie is different and so far my favorite novel in this serie has been the first one : Written in Red.
I like : the idea for the serie is amazing. A world where the humans aren't the most conscious entity? Brilliant. Meg the victim depicted as an addict? Wonderful. One of the sweet blood being able to draw instead of cutting? Zootherapy? Genius.
I find painfully boring : the writing. It seems it's always the "good guys" viewpoint that we have since the 2nd novel (meaning mainly Simon's and if so, maybe a male narrator might be a better fit ?).
Also, I've noticed that Bishop is fixated on alpha males like Simon (or in The BJW, Daemon). While they are interesting characters, they usually aren't the ONLY ones and it's far MORE interesting to discover how someone like Meg (an addict who barely knows about the outside world) managed to color her hair, escape the compound and survive well enough to get to the Courtyard. OR how CS-821 found another way to cutting.
Heroes aren't heroes because they are strong. They are heroes because they make it an habit to overcome their weaknesses.
"I love Anne Bishop, but why?"
The pacing of this series has been fairly slow from the beginning, which I didn't mind, but this book took the slow paces of the previous two and then added very little in the way of plot development. There were a few political developments, it's true, but at the end of the book we leave things much the same as we did at the beginning, with just a little more information.
We also must have had the hierarchy of the Others explained to us 3 or 4 times in the course of the book. I'm pretty sure that was not the only thing that was repeated over and over again. (You guys Simon Wolfguard is SUPER UNIQUE DID YOU KNOW THEY JUST TOLD US AGAIN.) Overall I found it repetitive, and adding very little in terms of development. Though if anything I thought the main character grew weaker in this book, less capable, which was also a surprise.
I was very disappointed in this addition to the series, and I will likely hold off reading the rest until they are all released.
Also, I have to turn the reader speed up to 1.25 for these books to be bearable. While not terrible, I don't feel like the narrator adds much to the experience. .
The first two books were awesome! The author really created a unique world with interesting plots and fascinating characters. I was really looking forward to this book but I found it seriously lacking. The story was boring, the characters were flat, and the whole plot was just short of ridiculous. What was a huge problem for Meg in this book was non-existent in the previous books. I struggled to get to the end only to find that most of the issues were left unresolved. The book just kind of fizzled out, and I was left scratching my head.
"I hope there's more"
Narrator was great as always but the ending was a hard pill to swallow. It felt like the end of the series but there are so many unanswered questions
Soooo good!! I loved it just as much as the first two in the series. Definitely a must read for any urban fantasy fan!
Just gets better and better. Can't wait till the next one!!! Love the natural way the story expands to enfold new characters to love.
"Very good but not quite as good as the first 2"
yes its a great series - a different take on the paranormal with great characters and a compelling storyline
hard to answer without introducing spoilers
Meg of course, but I do love the Aroo's from the wolves
yes its really compelling and you really do care about the characters - it has funny moments though its not really a funny book
This book is really book 3 part 1 - it is clearly setting up for much more action in book 4 and doesn't really have such a complete end as the previous 2 in the series.
As other reviewers have said this also concentrates less on Meg and the focus of the story is spread around many more characters. Good in some ways but I do like the way the earlier books are more centred on Meg
"vision in silver"
i love this whole series and cant wait for the next one!!! this series has definately made me think about the nature of humans and how we could look to an outsider. brilliant.
"Good but not as good as I'd hoped"
I had mixed feelings about “Vision In Silver”, the third “Novel of The Others”.
I enjoyed “Written In Red” because it was new and fresh, it focused closely on “Our Meg” and her discovery of a world beyond the compound that she’d been kept in, her personal growth and the drama of the plot. It remains one of my favourite fantasy books.
“Murder of Crows” -which could have been subtitled “the humans strike back”- was less intense but provided a much deeper and broader view of this world and put Meg’s background in context. It was an extension of “Written In Red” and helped me see the humans as much more monstrous than the Werewolves and Vampires who provide the public face of The Others.
“Vision In Silver” continues to give a wider view of the world: its inhabitants, its politics, and the strange and strained truce between humans and The Others, but I felt that, in becoming broader, it had lost some of its intensity. I wanted more focus on Meg. I wanted the characters and their relationships to deepen in the same way that the world view does. Although I found out a lot about the characters, more and more of them seemed like plot devices rather than people.
Compared to many Fantasy books I’ve read, “Vision In Silver” is a high quality novel that is satisfying to read, it just didn’t deliver as much as I’d hoped.
There are some very strong scenes in the book: an attack at a market place, the decision of rescued Cassandra Sangue to live when those around her see death as their only way out of an unbearable situation, humans and The Others gardening together, at peace but still very alien to one another. I particularly enjoyed the story of the Cassandra Sangue who finds an alternative to the cutting that shortens their lives: it was told with compassion and empathy without being simply mushy. The story of the little girl and her mother, which forms the central plotline, was also well delivered.
Yet… I felt a little distant from this book. The balance of ideas to emotions tipped a little the wrong way. I felt it was like a sponge that hadn’t quite risen – still tasty and edible but disappointing.
"Enjoyable as always!"
Enjoyable as always! I agree with the other reviewer who says the book feels a bit like a filler - there’s no crash bang ending this time - that’s very much to come. However, there’s some nice development of various characters, relationships and friendships, some new characters introduced, and the overall story arc definitely is definitely moving forwards. There are more shifters to come to Lakeside and I look forward to seeing Simon trying to manage some of the big cats!
Well read, I love the various “Aroooo”s she manages for the different wolfs, and even Meg at one point, and her characterisation of the main players is consistent and good.
This is an interesting mix of writing style, some seemingly aimed at the younger end of the YA market, and yet it covers some mature subjects and uses some robust language… I do find the concept of the all-powerful Others tamed by cookies or sugar lumps a bit Disney’esque though!
However, as a not so young A, I enjoy these books, and this is a series I shall definitely stick with.
"A Brilliant but different story"
Yes I would listen to this series again as it is refreshingly different from the normal paranormal series with the Monsters as the good guys
There are to many characters to pick one favorite. Simon and Meg are the two leed characters. Skippy and Jenny crowguard provided the fun. All the vampier sanginate are somewhat sinister but a pleasant change from the normal super sexy or downright evil of other series
Alexandra has a plesant voice and over the first three book she has become the voice of Meg and all the other characters. It would be very strange to hear anyone else reading future volumes
The whole of the series has been books you just don't want to put down. The story drags you along with it and you just can't wait to find out whats comming next
To Anne Bishop. Having now listened to the first three books I can't wait for the next. Please get the next volume out ASAP but don't compromise the story for speed
"Love love love!"
This series is one of the best I've ever read & this book has been no exception.
It felt a little bit like filler but that didn't mean that it wasn't still really good & wasn't an important part of the series, I had just expected it to be the last book (so glad it wasn't) & so expected more conclusions
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