Title: Vision in Silver
Author: Anne Bishop
Genre: Urban fantasy, adult
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Goodreads Summary: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 favorite of this series so far!
In my reviews of books 1 and 2 of this series, I kept saying things like, "I wish Meg would grow a spine and actually do things sometimes." Meg is awesome, don't get me wrong, and her kindness and childlike innocence is part of what makes her so endearing, but I wanted her to take a stand and do things for herself and her friends instead of watching on the side while her ferocious friends save the day. This book puts that in a whole new perspective.
Now that I see how much of a struggle the real world is for other cassandra sangue, I have so much more respect for Meg and her resilience. Things that I take for granted are things that Meg has to fight really hard to achieve; just walking to the grocery store and encountering unfamiliar or unpredictable things is enough to throw some of her friends into a mental breakdown, but here is Meg running her own store.
This book focuses a lot more on the aftermath of the "rescue" of the cassandra sangue, and how sometimes setting someone free can hurt them more than keeping them in their cages. It's a heartbreaking reality, and I thought the author handled the emotions and the implications really well. I loved getting to see snippets of lives other than Meg's, especially the girl who draws. I'm intrigued to see what role she will play in later books.
This book is also very much a story about family and taking care of your own. Agent Montgomery, the humans in the courtyard, and the Others face all sorts of opposition as more people buy into the Humans First and Last Movement. The whole "I will not help you because you are not like me" theme is scarily realistic, and it's a not-so-subtle poke at the racism and prejudices many people face in our world. I loved seeing Montgomery as a dad, because it brought out another dimension to his character.
If you were on the fence about previous books, I highly recommend this one. It's the best one so far!
*A free review copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*
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