Release Date: March 3rd, 2015
Finished Date: February 9th, 2015
Publishers: Penguin Publishing Group
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: For Review
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: For Review
The Review: Tension between the Others and the Humans reaches a new climax in the third book of the series because if you thought the last book had put an end to things….. you were wrong. After the Others freed the blood prophets from their confines, everything should have gone back to being normal but it didn’t. First off, the Cassandra sangue are not adjusting to life outside of the compound in which they were kept, some a hurting themselves, some are being hurt by others and their carers are at a loss as how to help them. With the Humans First & Last movement putting pressure on the Others to release the whereabouts of the girls because of their delicate states, it falls to Meg to show them how to live on the outside. Meg is still struggling with the need to cut and a new visitor to Lakeside sends her reeling with the need. This visitor is hiding secrets, secrets that not only put the humans around her at risk but also the Others when they lend support and protection and could be the catalyst for something else. The HFL are not backing down with their propaganda about the Others and will stop at nothing to portray them as savages but to what end? if it’s a war they want it looks like they may finally get their wishes.
Whilst not my favourite in the series Vision in Silver is still a compelling read.
I absolutely love this series and find the author has created a very rich world filled with a diverse cast of characters that pulls you in with every chapter. Meg’s character is just as prominent in this book, she is still struggling with the need to cut but is discovering new things about her sight that just might save her. I love how she affects everyone around her, her innocence plus the need to learn and understand seems to be having such a positive effect on the Others making them want to try too. I feel all of the Others in the courtyard have become more tolerant and willing to compromise because of Meg, it helps that her human learning experience is also teaching the Others about humans too. Now, one of the things that also draws me into this world is the relationship between Simon and Meg, it’s clear to the reader that they have some kind of feelings for each other but because both of them are not used to having those emotions or knowing what they are – they don’t understand them – and this gives it a really innocent feel. It has progressed at a snail’s pace but that’s ok, it leaves you hanging on for the moments they spend together and I love it when Simon gets growly when Meg’s in a situation he doesn’t like.
The storyline is a clear progression from the two previous books and you can really get a feel for where the series is headed… and that is to war. It seems that Humans have short memories and because of the punishment doled out to those associated with the drugs, the Humans First & Last movement have gained a great deal of followers and they aren’t afraid to show where their loyalties lie. There are talks of food shortages, taking land back from the Others, demanding to know where the Cassandra Sangue are and needless to say – the Others aren’t happy. They don’t understand how there can be food shortages or why anything should change, all they know is that the HFL are stirring up hatred towards them and that cannot be tolerated. The story really builds the basis for what seems like the inevitable, it shows us a lot of what is going on and by the end of the book we are aware of what lengths both sides will go to, the Humans do get brave indeed and it will have consequences for both sides. We also catch up with some of the Cassandra Sangue and see that it is a struggle for them to adjust, it’s really sad to think that they’ve lived their lives in seclusion and now can’t face the extra stimuli of the real world, so Meg tries to help with that and we get a lot of hope from one particular girl who wants to live.
As I said, whilst this book was great read, it lacked the intensity of the other books, but saying that – it also felt like the calm before the storm. I loved where the story went plot wise and also character wise and as always… I’m left wanting more from this fabulous series.