Reviewed by: Amanda & Amy
Amanda’s Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars
Amy’s Rating (out of 5): 5 stars
At the end of Murder of Crows the cassandra sangue were freed from their prisons. Being the only cassandra sangue to make it out and able to function, Meg is seen as the Pathfinder or Trailblazer. She’s tasked with helping figure out how these girls can now integrate themselves into everyday life without being overwhelmed by all around them. Because Meg herself still suffers from the addiction to cut, helping the other girls figure out their limits will ultimately help Meg, which is a big relief to her friends in the Courtyard.
However, not everyone is happy that their prophecy seers were taken away. The higher ups, under the guise of the Humans First and Last (HFL) twist the story where the Others look like the bad guys for taking the girls out of their “protective homes.” Thus tension continues to mount between the Others and humans. Little do the humans know, however, that there are bigger threats out there than the Courtyard Others and those threats have taken an interest and are watching.
Amanda: There’s something about Meg and Simon’s overtures that are sweet without being TOO sweet.
Amy: I agree, it’s just right. It’s almost overly simplistic (not a bad thing though).It is basic, simple, no fluff. I like it. We could probably gush about Meg and Simon for a whole review but there’s a lot to talk about with this book!
Amanda: I could ‘ship Meg and Simon for a whole blog post, too! Meg’s starting to affect the way Simon thinks of humans, and I kind of love it. It was really interesting to see how some of the other humans, like Steve Ferryman, picked up on what Simon was doing and just how…adeptly? How these select humans were clever enough to pick up on the things the Others hadn’t told them and that they’d be better off trying to get along with the Others than push into spaces they weren’t allowed.
Amy: Regarding the HFL, what are your thoughts on them? They were first coming about in the second book and in Vision we see them try to step up their game somewhat with their supporters forcing the “wolf lovers” to choose sides therefore creating even more tension between the Others and humans.
Amanda: The HFL struck me as one part cult (people who will blindly follow Nicholas Scratch and do whatever he says) and one part…religious extremist? Scratch definitely has a way of turning unfortunate events in his favor, and from his actions in Visions, I know we haven’t heard the last of him. Bishop’s doing this fantastic job of building him up, and I want to see what evil deeds he’s going to do next.
Amy: Pretty much I find the HFL very frustrating, but I think that is Anne Bishop’s intention so in that regard she does a great job with them.
Amanda: I sort of feel like things are just getting started now. We know something horrible is coming from Cel Romano. But this is the first time we get a real look at the Others who live in the wild country, too. I wonder if we’ll ever get to meet one of them. Or even if we WANT to meet one of them. Getting to move beyond Lakeside and the Courtyard was great, too. Being able to actually see towns and settlements besides the big cities and how the terra indigene live there, in places where they don’t have to quite pass as humans, was interesting.
Amy: I was so interested in the things living in the wild country! I think moving out of Lakeside was a good natural progression. Obviously Simon’s actions are being watched (even by those we cannot see!). It seems to me like the terra indigene are more open to working with the humans (as long as the humans remember they are just meat and not overstep their bounds) than vice versa. I think the humans, obviously, get intimidated by the Others instead of trying to work with them so I believe a lot of them will just automatically look to the HFL for help.
Amy: Do you think a conflict could develop between those terra indigene that, like Simon, are on board with learning to work more with humans, and the wild country Others? We’ve obviously seen humans vs. Others and humans vs. humans, but we haven’t yet seen Others vs. Others. They’ve pretty much always been of the same mind when it comes to the punishments dealt out like in Jerzy.
Amanda: I think we could end up with an Others vs. Others conflict–and it makes me wonder who would have the advantage. A lot happened in this book that set things in motion for everyone–the Others, the cassandra sangue, and the humans, so I’m prepared for anything. Bring on the epic showdown-y goodness!
Overall, Vision in Silver exceeded expectations and lives up to the standard the series has already started with the first two books. It tied up some loose ends and unraveled a bunch more, expanding the world of the Others while upping the action and leaving us curious about the new characters Bishop introduced. Big changes are on the horizon for Meg, Simon, and the rest of the Lakeside Courtyard. Even though Vision gives us a definite ending (and left a smile on our faces at the end), we still wish there wasn’t a whole year until we find out what happens next.
Sexual content: References to sex