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Vision in Silver

A Novel of the Others
Written by: Anne Bishop
Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
Series: The Others (Bishop), Book 3
Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
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The New York Times best-selling author of The Black Jewels Trilogy transports readers to a world of magic and political unrest - where the only chance at peace requires a deadly price....

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....

©2015 Anne Bishop (P)2015 Penguin
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  • Felicia Whitewall
  • 2015-04-06

Weakest in the series

After reading the previous books, Vision in Silver was a disappointment. We left the story after just having freed a whole bunch of blood prophets, and this book picks up right after that. This slows down the pacing of the series to a crawl since the author suddenly has to make up reasons why the free prophets aren't doing so well. To do so she rewrites Meg's personality.

In the previous books we see her deal with the outside, unknown world very well. Suddenly, after months, Meg starts having difficulty dealing with everything so that there can be a contrived plot device to find out how to help the other prophets. It is a very lame and transparent way to manipulate the plot, and it rewrites Meg's character.

There's another story arc woven into it all about the one human cop, but it's uninteresting and unsurprising. The lines between 'bad guy' and 'good Other' are so clearly drawn none of the plot arc was a surprise.

The narration was okay overall, but Harris felt the need to wholeheartedly howl when the characters did. It's obnoxious.

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  • Sharon
  • 2015-03-04

More Please!!!

I really love this series. I cannot wait for the next one. The first book is one of my all time favorites and I have listened to it multiple times. This book continues the story from the first two and is just a as addicting. It is not as good as book one, but I think it is stonger than book two. I hope it is not another year before we get the next installment.

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  • T. Dugan
  • 2015-03-06

I have a beef with the author

What made the experience of listening to Vision in Silver the most enjoyable?

Everyone's different perspectives on the situation. Some things you can guess ahead of time but the reveals are always perfect.

Which scene was your favorite?

I love all the scenes when Simon and Meg are confused.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

During one scene, one of the girls spends time on the porch. I cried; her description of her joy was beautiful.

Any additional comments?

My beef is, these books are so long that when they are over, I feel like I have binge-watched a show. I don't want to leave the world created for us. I wouldn't want them shorter, in fact, longer would be preferred. I love this series.

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  • Annie
  • 2015-03-08

The Title says it all

Would you listen to Vision in Silver again? Why?

Yes I would because it takes us to another world that is seen through several eyes. It is exciting and I really look forward to what happens next.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Vision in Silver?

I have to say I enjoy Simons jealous of others. I really liked it when he got jealous of Sam because he got to rub Megs head. I also I am enjoying how the story is taking the friendship of Meg and Simon toward romance but in a slow place were they are learning to become more together. I also love seeing how the others are learning to except some of the humans and there ways enough to ask them questions.

Have you listened to any of Alexandra Harris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes and she did a great job.

Any additional comments?

I have enjoy all three of the others series and I love Anne Bishop world. I really look forward to learning and getting to know some of the new members we have meet in this book and also I hope to see Meg and Simon grow more.

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  • K.
  • 2015-04-17

the flow of the series is painfully boring

I love Anne Bishop's series, my favorite being The Black Jewels Trilogy.
This serie is different and so far my favorite novel in this serie has been the first one : Written in Red.

I like : the idea for the serie is amazing. A world where the humans aren't the most conscious entity? Brilliant. Meg the victim depicted as an addict? Wonderful. One of the sweet blood being able to draw instead of cutting? Zootherapy? Genius.

I find painfully boring : the writing. It seems it's always the "good guys" viewpoint that we have since the 2nd novel (meaning mainly Simon's and if so, maybe a male narrator might be a better fit ?).

Also, I've noticed that Bishop is fixated on alpha males like Simon (or in The BJW, Daemon). While they are interesting characters, they usually aren't the ONLY ones and it's far MORE interesting to discover how someone like Meg (an addict who barely knows about the outside world) managed to color her hair, escape the compound and survive well enough to get to the Courtyard. OR how CS-821 found another way to cutting.

Heroes aren't heroes because they are strong. They are heroes because they make it an habit to overcome their weaknesses.

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  • Paige
  • 2015-06-08

I love Anne Bishop, but why?

The pacing of this series has been fairly slow from the beginning, which I didn't mind, but this book took the slow paces of the previous two and then added very little in the way of plot development. There were a few political developments, it's true, but at the end of the book we leave things much the same as we did at the beginning, with just a little more information.

We also must have had the hierarchy of the Others explained to us 3 or 4 times in the course of the book. I'm pretty sure that was not the only thing that was repeated over and over again. (You guys Simon Wolfguard is SUPER UNIQUE DID YOU KNOW THEY JUST TOLD US AGAIN.) Overall I found it repetitive, and adding very little in terms of development. Though if anything I thought the main character grew weaker in this book, less capable, which was also a surprise.

I was very disappointed in this addition to the series, and I will likely hold off reading the rest until they are all released.

Also, I have to turn the reader speed up to 1.25 for these books to be bearable. While not terrible, I don't feel like the narrator adds much to the experience. .

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  • Book Gobbler
  • 2015-03-21

Disappointing!

The first two books were awesome! The author really created a unique world with interesting plots and fascinating characters. I was really looking forward to this book but I found it seriously lacking. The story was boring, the characters were flat, and the whole plot was just short of ridiculous. What was a huge problem for Meg in this book was non-existent in the previous books. I struggled to get to the end only to find that most of the issues were left unresolved. The book just kind of fizzled out, and I was left scratching my head.

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  • Lynnz
  • 2016-03-31

Anne Bishop has done it again, and again, & again

In this 3rd of the series of "The Others", Anne has continued to write a story that builds on previous books. In each book the characters come to life and you learn something new about each one. I keep waiting for Simon and Meg to get together romantically, but in each book the author gives you just a little bit more of their relationship together. Not too much, which I actually like. The author, Anne Bishop, does a great job in developing the characters even from one book to another. The storyline is the same as in the other books, but very different. You get additional information about the cassandra sangues and new characters in the vampires, the cops, the Government and even the crows.

The story focuses around the rift between the humans and the terra indigene. The plot to kill off the terra indigene and the introduction of Montgomery and his daughter, Lizzy. There is the development of Simon's dedication to the human pack and what will happen to them if the terra indigene kills off all the humans? Where will they stand their relationship to the Lakeside courtyard?

Anne Bishop has done a terriffic job of creating a story and placing the reader/listener in the middle. I love these books and can't wait to listen to the next one. The narrator does a great job of making each individual different in her voice and comprehending and relaying the personalities of each individual character.

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  • Jean
  • 2016-01-08

Great author

I love Anne Bishops books. They are great. If you love fantasy you will love this series.

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  • Adrian
  • 2015-11-21

Best one yet!

That sounds so kitschy I cringe at my own title for this review, but I'm not the one writing a book here...

Like most authors that succeed with a serial, I feel like creating an interesting and well thought out world is as important as interesting and relatable characters. The world Anne Bishop has created is a fascinating overlay/alternative to our world, and she leaves enough of a shadow that we can recognize things. From the names of the days and months to the names of places, the fantasy of a world where human conquerors had limited success against nature and natives, having to settle for compromise.

At no point did the edges of this illusion curl up for me. I happily sat immersed in the fantasy throughout the book. When the end came, it was bittersweet. I had hoped this book's plot would have resolved rather than end in a cliffhanger, but at the same time I'm thrilled to have another to look forward to.

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