Title: Vision in Silver
Author: Anne Bishop
The relationship between the Others and humans is tense at the best of times, and the Humans First and Last movement is dismantling more of the peace every moment. Humans who cooperate with the Others are getting branded “Wolf Lovers”, denied jobs, forced out of housing. Worse, the first murmurs of rebellions are beginning to spark up into war against the inhabitants of the Courtyard.
But on a more personal level, this story follows Meg as she continues to adjust to life outside the prison where she grew up; Simon as he is caught in the middle of the strife boiling inside the Courtyard and without; Montgomery’s fight to keep his daughter, and then keep her out of the mess she’s brought with her. Because little Lizzy is at the center of this maelstrom, which will wreck both Others and humans if it can’t be stopped.
This is a good next chapter to the story so far, but I think that was my biggest feeling about it—a chapter, an episode, another short bit of plot in which a few small things get resolved but the big storms that have been brewing in the first two books still haven’t quite broken out yet. It’s not a bad story, at all, but I didn’t find it stood out to me as much as either of the first two books.
Simon is still inching forward in his relationship with Meg (although he’s starting to figure out he might be falling in love with her) on the one hand, and trying to manage the unruly Courtyard-human relations on the other. Meg has to figure out how she’s managing because the other blood prophets aren’t taking to life outside nearly as well, and their survival depends on Meg figuring out how to replicate her own success. The emotional heart of the story, though, is the mystery around Lizzy and her mom, and what it is that either of them knows or has that has people willing to kill to get it.
This is a solid entry in the series, if not quite as conclusive as I had been hoping. If you’ve followed the series so far, it builds well on what came before even if it’s not as weighty as the previous two. If you’re new to the series, though, start with Written in Red, especially as a lot of what happens in this book depends on knowing what happened previously.
Overall, I rate this book Recommended.