Vision of Silver: Slow moving, tragic and real


Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

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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 …

My thoughts

I really wanted to read this book , since I fell in love with this series from the start. Sadly I have to say, I liked this one but compared to the first two books it was a bit of a letdown.

Vision in Silver is the third book in an urban fantasy series about a world mostly divided into humans and the terra indigene, commonly known as The Others. These Others include shapeshifters (such as werewolves and crows), vampires, elementals, and harvesters. Humans can be divided as well. For example their are the intuits and there are the cassandra sangue. In this urban fantasy series the cassandra sangue play an important roll. Cassandra sangue are females who can see visions of the future after self-mutilation.

In the first book these girls were kept in compounds, tied up, and often raped or brutalized in other ways. Their visions were sold to interested parties. There was one however, her name Meg Corbyn, who escaped the compound and ended up in lakeside, a place where the Others live. She encounterd Simon Wolfgard, a wolf and the leader of the Others. Simon and those around him protect Meg from the outside dangers as well as from herself. Why from herself? The visions Meg has don’t go without cost. The tragic thing about being a cassandra sangue is that when you cut yourself a thousand times you die.

In the second book a criminal organization arose which sold the blood of the cassandra sangue as a street drug to make people go on homicidal rages. Seen as a threat to all species, the Others,  with the help of sympathetic humans set the girls free wherever they could. The would no longer be held in captivaty. They would no longer be used and abused.

Vision in Silver starts of with Meg having a vision of certain cassandra sague being dumped at the side of the road. Again Simon, Meg, the Others as well as the sympathetic humans try and find these blood prophets and help them. Helping them, however, turns out not to be that easy. Meg, herself, is still adjusting to living a normal life. How will the other cassandra sangue do. For the blood prophets the world is a frightening and unknown place, to many stimuli will drive them insane. Meanwhile, there are rumors of a dark faction of humans rising up against the Others. The Humans First and Last Movement, already introduced in the first book, is gaining ground. Lastly there are the Elders, The Elders are the oldest and most powerful of the Others. They are appalled by the Human First and Last movement as well as with the people who treated the cassadra sangue as they did. The rest of the Others know, push the Elders to far and the humans will be annihilated. All lead to Simon needing Meg and her prophecies once again, this regardless of the risks she is taking by aiding him.

Meg is an interesting character. I, myself, love her to pieces. She is not your typical heroine.  She is actually pretty fragile, doesn’t have a lot of world experience and is constantly being protected by the terra indigene, especially Simon. Simon also is very lovable. Why, because he is flawed in an adorable way. He often fails to understand the human way of things. He tries, though. He tries real hard, this so to help Meg. This books is told from a large cast of characters. This was a problem for me since it made me not connect to some of the characters as much as I would have liked. Additionally, the different storylines need to be equally interesting. Through the first part of the book I found myself wanting to rush through the less interesting parts and back to the interesting ones. I felt the story got dragged out a bit.

World-building. Anne Bishop is a queen when it comes to world-building. She has created a magical world that still at it’s core has to be called realistic. It’s simple yet complex. And dark, so, so dark. The fact that in this book the blood prophets with unwanted babies were thrown out of their compounds hit me like a ton of bricks. As well as the fact that some already born babies were dumped in water. Perhaps the interesting part of this world is that rolls are reversed. Not the supernatural creatures are raking havoc. The human are the ones to look out for. Their the ones that push to violence.

Bishops writing is beautiful. They fit the characters so well. For example Meg as an almost childlike feel to her, this because she has no world experience.  Not only does it fit the characters well, it also creates a nice balance between seriousness and humor. Like is said earlier the terra indigene’s attempts at understanding humans are met with laughter. Also Bishops draws the reader in with her vivid descriptions and rich detailing. You just can’t look away, your glued to the pages. Again I have to say this, for me, wasn’t always the case. Their were parts I would have gladly skipped over.

Although Vision in Silver has a plot with multiple threads that weave together, I can’t help but feel that this book was an in between book. Yes, Meg is having difficulties living outside of the compound, meanwhile she has to help the other cassandra sangue adept to live in the real world. They find in difficult and need Meg to guide them, if not for her help they would go insane and possibly kill themselves. Yes, there is a slow-burn romance building between Simon and Meg. Yes, the Humans First and Last movement is stirring up trouble. Yes, we see change from Simon concerning “some humans,” and yes, the Elders are not happy with how things between the Others and the humans are going. One wrong move from the human side and they will be eradicated. Still I found something lacking, something the other books had tons of. Suspense, this book felt kinda lackluster. Nothing really happened until the end of the book.

What’s left to say other then although I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the other two. You should still definitely check out this series. Overall it’s a great series!



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