Series: The Others #3
Published by Roc on March 3, 2015
Genres: Adult, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: References to sex
Reviewed by: Kate
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 was, while as enjoyable as always, a bit of a disappointment after MURDER OF CROWS. Much of VISION IN SILVER felt like build up to a larger issue that will be realized in the next book. While not exactly ending on a cliffhanger, VISION IN SILVER left me wanting more - more action, more time with the primary characters, more everything.
The Others series has quickly become a favorite of reviewers here at All Things Urban Fantasy, and with good reason. The world is rich, and continues to grow in VISION OF SILVER. The multitude of characters are complex and multi-faceted, and it’s very hard to find a cliche in the bunch. The sweet relationship between Simon and Meg slowly continues to develop and warms my heart every time I read a scene with the two of them together.
However, while I absolutely loved my foray into the world of The Others again, I also felt that at times sections dragged on, that there was a little too much detail about secondary characters, and that the bad guy was too abstract. Whereas we had the Controller in MURDER OF CROWS, a definitive bad guy in VISION OF SILVER is harder to pinpoint. We never get the viewpoint of the “bad” characters in VISION OF SILVER like we sometimes saw in MURDER OF CROWS, and we never even meet the most obvious villain, like we met Asia Crane in WRITTEN IN RED. My other issue is that the number of characters starts to spread the story a bit too thin. It’s hard to keep up with the numerous secondary characters, and I began to resent them a little for taking narrative time away from Meg.
Do my complaints mean I won’t be reading VISION OF SILVER again? Of course not. This book is destined (with the whole series) to be a reread, and my most poignant disappointment is the length of time that I’ll have to wait for the next installment in the series.
- For more alternate history, try A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan.
- For similar world building, try Shadows by Robin McKinley.