posted at Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 8:00 AM | Adult, Audiobook Reviews, Reviews
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop
Narrator: Alexandra Harris
Length: 16 hrs, 9 mins
Series: The Others #3
Published by Penguin Audio on March 3, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
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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…
I binged Written in Red and Murder of Crows on audiobook last year. I flew through them, and I was a mess of feels and frustration at the end of that experience. The fact that I then had a year-long wait for the next book, and a couple more years after that for the end of the series, didn’t help with my frustration. In some ways, though, I think the break was really good for me and The Others. Written in Red came out of nowhere to punch me in the feels, Murder of Crows left me a bit disappointed, and Vision in Silver lodged somewhere between the other two.
Upon reflection, The Others isn’t really a good series to binge. Anne Bishop writes the novel in a way that very much anticipates that year-long gap between novels. They repeat the key info a lot, especially when going through them back to back. That, thinking back, is the real reason why I found Murder of Crows such a disappointment following Written in Red. It wasn’t that the book was worse, but that so much of it felt redundant with book one fresh in my head. This will be a series even I will know very well by the end of the series, because Bishop doesn’t let you forget a damn thing.
Plus, my feelings come almost entirely from the potential ship. I care so much about the ship that there’s no way in hell that I would forget anything crucial about that aspect. Unfortunately, the ship is still tethered firmly to the dock. I’ve boarded, but I’m a couple years earlier for this cruise setting sail. For that reason, my feels were minimal, because I just know this is one of those series where nothing’s going to happen until the very end, so my feels have gone into holding mode.
That said, I want to reiterate that it’s probably for the best that the ship is holding at the dock. Meg and Simon, much as I want them to be, still shouldn’t be a couple yet. Meg still hasn’t really figured out how to human, and Simon hasn’t yet realized he might love a human romantically. Even once they have feelings, they’re going to have to figure out how they feel about them. It’s really good that Bishop goes for the slow burn, but, man, when that happens my world will be so happy.
The character development could be stronger in Vision in Silver. Meg and Simon are changing at a glacial pace, which makes sense for Meg, but still. Most frustrating is the addition of Meg’s inability to deal with change. While I think this condition from which the cassandra sangue suffer makes good psychological sense considering their upbringing, I feel like it should have been more evident in her earlier on. In this book, she’s frequently bothered by things out of place, but, though she liked putting things in order, I didn’t get the sense she was upset to this degree. It’s not that I don’t think it fits at all, but I think the execution was somewhat clunky.
Though somewhat over-lengthy, I do think the plot of Vision in Silver takes the series in the right direction. Tensions between humans and the others are on the rise, with conspiracies abounding. I think the political groups arising in the world make sense, and it’s impossible not to root for the courtyard, where they’re trying to help everyone get along. The world building has always been strong in The Others, and I think the plot is back up to the high standard set in Written in Red.
These audiobooks continue to be a treat, and I will wait, mostly patiently, for the next book in another year. Of course, even though I’ve told myself I’m going to have to wait for the ship to happen until the final book, I’m going to keep hoping.
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