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Series: The Others, #3
Published by ROCon 2015-03-03
Reviewing eARC from Edelweiss
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…
Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop is the third book in The Others and reveals the building tension between humans and the terra indigene. At the end of the last book, the cassandra sangue are saved from their captors and are now living among the Others and Intuits. Like Meg, many are addicted to the euphoria they feel from cutting and Simon has charged Meg and her “female pack” with defining limits and ways to help the young girls that were saved. With their focus on the blood prophets, the terra indigene miss the growing poison of the Humans First and Last movement that is sweeping through Thaisia.
Oh my goodness SO much is happening in this book! Meg is really struggling with her addiction to cutting. When she feels the pins and needles start she NEEDS to cut. However when cutting causes harm to one of her friends, Meg reevaluates and takes Simon’s advice enlisting the “female pack” (Theral, Ruthie, and Merri Lee) to help her figure out when she’s overwhelmed, to define when she should cut and when it’s better to walk away.
Simon is under a lot of pressure. There is a delicate balance between the humans and Others and his Courtyard is at the center of it. It is his relationship with Meg that started the tenuous relationship with the police of Lakeside and the other humans working inside the Courtyard. Afraid of becoming too human yet wanting to keep the peace between them, Simon needs Meg’s visions as much as her own need to cut.
The plot focuses on the cassandra sangue that are living with the Intuits. Meg and Simon want to help them and so Meg begins pushing herself to the limits so that she can figure out what is too much, when to walk away and when to cut. In the background though is the Humans First and Last movement. It started cropping up towards the end of the first book, made a big scene in the second and now in this book they are becoming a more pressing matter, turning on “Wolf Lovers” running them out of their homes. Simon and the Courtyard step up for their “human pack” but it may cost them more than they imagined.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. I did feel like it was a bit of a bridge though to the next one. There is a ton of build-up that culminates in an explosive ending, BUT I believe the real action and answers to the questions about the HFL will be answered in the next book. If you enjoy paranormal, urban fantasy, I highly recommend you start the series!
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