Series: The Others #3
Published by Roc on March 3rd 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal
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…
I’m going to be completely honest: The Others series has been slowly losing its initial spark for me. Though I was glued to the pages with the first instalment and loved the build-up of tension in the second one, I’ve noticed how I keep waiting for something mind-blowing to happen, which… doesn’t. Buddy read with Simona, my constant companion in this series. She’s not feeling the magic anymore, either.
I’m going to keep this review light and short, as this babble will only interest people who’ve actually read the previous books in the series.
☞ The HFL movement and the mystery regarding Lizzy Montgomery captivated me more than the plot in the sequel. Plotwise, this was an improvement for me.
☞ While Monty’s chapters had left me impassive in the previous installments, I actually cared for his POV this time around. I also loved Burke kicking other police officers’ asses when they stuck their noses where they didn’t belong. And Nathan Wolfgard as Lizzy’s protector was adorable.
☞ Simon was as cute as ever, even though there wasn’t enough to be seen of him in this installment. His reaction to Meg’s radical haircut was priceless.
“He had a feeling this was one of those times when a male should express positive enthusiasm regardless of what he really thought—especially when he didn’t really know what was going on.”
☞ To my surprise, I also enjoyed Hope’s chapters. The drawing brought a whole new perspective to the cassandra sangue.
Also, is it wrong that I kind of want to ship her with Jackson Wolfgard?
☞ The pace remains unchanged but the tension lying in the air has increased noticeably. After the disappointment that wa Murder of Crows‘s climax, I finally got a worthy showdown again in the marketplace. Thank you.
In some aspects, however, this book regressed.
There was an episode where Meg was going through a regression in development, which seemed pretty random and unfitting to me – as if the author had suddenly decided that Meg’s life had been too easy before. I do not appreciate 180° turns in my characters. It’s unnatural and illogical and a cheap plot device. Furthermore, there was no progression in the romance (or not a tangible one) and therefore not enough Simon, but it’s not supposed to be the focus of the book (Liar! Liar!), so I can look past that (Liar! Liar!). Still, there’s a thin line to walk between ‘slow-burn romance’ and ‘lack of romance’.
Yes, I had issues with Vision in Silver. Yes, it has not lived up to the promise the first instalment made for the continuation of the series. And still, this third instalment kept me entertained and glued to the pages, which is the first job of a book, so I still feel comfortable giving this 3 stars.
(I apologize for this rather minimalistic review, but I’m back to uni and my reviewing time has been cut short. Life getting in the way).