Book Reviews

Book Review: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

 

I purchased a copy of this book for my own enjoyment, with no expectations of a review

 

Vision in Silver is the third installment of Anne Bishop’s stunning The Others series. Even as the human pack within the Courtyard is growing, thanks to Meg’s presence, and despite Simon’s disgruntlement, the radical Humans First and Last Movement is continuing to heat up. There are daily infractions against the agreements made with the terra indigene in Thaisia, and members of the hate-filled HFL movement are beginning to turn on humans still willing to work with the terra indigene. Even their families are not safe from the rampant vitriol.

 

In other places, such as Ferryman’s Landing, the new caretakers of the cassandra sangue are struggling to learn how to best care for these most unusual of humans. Meg and her female pack are struggling to find ways to ease the prophecy sensations that cause the girls to cut their own flesh, and she is going through each day trying to pay attention to the things that help her, such the stability of routine.

 

Meanwhile, Montgomery’s daughter Lizzy ends up in Lakeside, unknowingly carrying a treasure the HFL will kill to get back. Attempts by the HFL to retrieve the treasure mesh with an increase in prejudice against the Others that ends in the deaths of two Courtyard members. Will the humans of Thaisia and beyond realise the danger of poking sleeping dragons? For more dangerous beings than the shifters and Sanguinati are beginning to take closer notice of humanity, and they aren’t liking what they are finding.

 

In Meg, Bishop has created an extremely fragile human, yet Meg is stronger than she looks. She is determined to use her unique gifts to help her friends, despite the great cost to her well-being. That takes a great deal of courage and fearlessness. So does standing up to the snarly Simon when necessary.

 

This story is dynamic, immersive. It feels so very real, in its most tender moments, and its grittiest. I feel for these people. They have become a book family for me, and I care about what happens to them.

 

Sadly, I find myself seeing more and more of my present country reflected in this story. The HFL, with its ‘humans first and only’ policy, that allows discrimination against the terra indigene and humans who work with them, has its parallel in Donald Trump and his legion of white supremacists who have swarmed out of the woodwork, eager to discriminate against those not fitting their perfect ideal. And, I might say, oblivious to the true dangers surrounding them. I hope things work out for the best, for the terra indigene, as well as ourselves.
🎻🎻🎻🎻🎻 Highly recommended

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