I received this e-book from NetGalley and Penguin Roc in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing that their actions would have e 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 sharp-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to end I st 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…
The Others is definitely not a series you can jump into the middle of so, I advise you read the first two: Written in Red, and Murder of Crows before tackling this. That said, while I don’t think Vision in Silver is the best in the series, it’s still a compelling read and a worthy addition.
The world of the Others is made up of all sorts of paranormal entities in including vampires and shapeshifters. Meg is a cassandra sange, or blood prophet. She can see future events when her skin is cut. The first book focuses on Meg meeting her romantic lead (sort of), Simon, and escaping her abusive caretakers. The second book expands to include other cities and the rescue of more blood prophets. This time the world-building develops even more with the action taking place in a variety of places and the story being told from multiple viewpoints. While this somewhat lessens the intensity that was in the first two books, I still found myself captivated by the characters and their individual stories.
Meg and Simon’s “just friends” relationship continues to develop slowly. No insta-love here! This is especially a good thing as Meg at this point doesn’t really have a romantic bone in her body. And Simon is just busy trying to cope with his resposibilities, and exploring human feelings and actions. Something does happen on the very last page though that teases as to where their relationship might be headed.
Overall, Vision in Silver is a compelling read that balances its many scenes of violence and suffering with moments of humor. Despite a lack of tension, the pacing is steady and the ending has left me eagerly awaiting the next book “Marked in Flesh” which is coming out on 3/8/16 –Please NetGalley gods, approve me for an e-ARC, because I really can’t wait! Ahem, anyway, if you like urban fantasy and paranormal fiction you should definitely try this series. Anne Bishop has an amazing talent for creating otherworldly realms and she’s an author that truly shouldn’t be missed!