Review: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

visions-in-silverVision in Silver
by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #3
Genre: Fantasy
Published by Penguin Publishing Group, 2015
Library book
400 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: 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…

You can’t change the constant things!” Meg screamed.

Merri Lee stared for a long moment. Then she stepped forward and placed her hand over Meg’s. “Calm down. The CDs are back where they belong. Breathe, Meg. Just breathe.”

Breathe. She could breathe. Simple. Routine.


Why couldn’t they just give the human female a bag of money and then pee on the building so that everyone would know it was theirs?


  • I really like this series. It’s interesting to see where Ms. Bishop is taking the story with each book.
  • I like the way the Others are portrayed. We find out more about some of the more wild Others in this book.
  • The Others call humans “clever meat.” Not great for humans!
  • Simon Wolfgard’s life has become more complicated since he and the Others have gotten to know Meg who has become “Our Meg.”
  • Simon’s not human, but he finds himself wondering; “If the terra indigene who work in Courtyards [might] become too human [for the Others who never take human shape], do we become the enemy?” He is getting more and more tangled up in human affairs.
  • This series is different and unique.
  • Meg is becoming more her own person, but she has so many challenges. She still needs to cut sometimes, but she has responsibilities now to try to help other cassandra sangue and it’s difficult for her to find her balance.
  • I like the way Ms. Bishop writes: I can visualize so much through her writing.
  • I like the humor in the book. Often it is the things the Others don’t understand about humans. Sometimes that ends badly for humans, but sometimes it’s funny: ” ‘…We are piss-in-the-pants scared….’ Simon stopped himself from ducking under the table and taking a sniff, but the aborted motion made Steve smile.”


  • As more happens throughout the world–especially the human world–less time is spent on the day-to-day world of Meg and Simon and the Others living in the Courtyard. I miss that. But to tell this story it’s necessary to tell the ramifications of the many actions of both humans and the Others.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I want to know what’s going to happen next!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Anne Bishop is the author of the widely acclaimed Black Jewels novels as well as other fantasy books including The Others series. She lives in upstate New York and when she isn’t writing she might be gardening.

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