Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop. ★★★
Trigger warning for self harm
Vision in Silver is the third book in Anne Bishop’s The Others series, an urban fantasy series starting with Written in Red. The series takes place in an alternate world where humans have made deals with the Others to be able to live on land and basically exist. However, humans have begun to forget how vulnerable they are and hostilities towards the Others are rising. In the middle of this situation is a woman named Meg Corbyn, a cassandra sangue – a blood Prophets, a human woman who experiences visions of the future whenever her skin is cut. Having escaped the compound where she was cut for profit, Meg has found a home at Lakeside Courtyard among the Others. Lakeside offers hope that humans and Others may be able to get along.
Vision in Silver had serious problems with pacing and plot. It felt like nothing happened! Has any new ground been broken since the last book? Or does this book (the third out of five) exist merely to kill time til the series finale? The focus of the book and of the series is on the slowly deteriorating relations between the humans and the Others, but Vision in Silver has very little in regards to its own arc. I didn’t even realize what the climax of the novel was until afterwards. Also, am I forgetting something from the previous books or did that subplot about blood prophets being overwhelmed arrive out of nowhere? It felt like things regressed in this book out of need for at least something to happen.
Reading Vision in Silver, I’d also realized that I’d forgotten who something like 75% of the characters were. There were a few I had a grasp on but most were just names to me. However, I do really like Meg herself. She’s such an unusual protagonist for an urban fantasy series. She’s physically weak and naive from growing up basically locked in a cage. Yet despite everything she’s been through, she’s an incredibly kind person with a will to survive and help others. Where other leads might achieve things with violence and badassery, Meg achieves things by making friends.
I still think the series could do better with secondary female characters. I like that Meg is friends with some human women (even if I have no feel for them having personalities), but beyond Tess we don’t see much of the female Others.
Vision in Silver is making me wonder if the issues with this series are new or if I’m only now noticing them. Either way, I still got some enjoyment from it. It’s basically fluff, and it has less focus on romance than most fluff, which I appreciate.
Despite my issues with this book I am still going to read the next in the series. That said, I’m definitely going to get it from the library instead of buying it.