Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Audiobook: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

Vision in Silver
Author: Anne Bishop
Narrator: Alexandra Harris
Publication: Penguin Audio (March 3, 2015)
Length: 16 hours and 4 minutes

Description: 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....

My Thoughts: In this episode of The Others series, most of the blood prophets have been removed from the compounds where they were cut to reveal prophecies for anyone who would pay and have been moved to Intuit and Terra Indigene villages. But all is not going well. Taking care of these girls who are addicted to the euphoria they get from cutting and who are quickly overwhelmed by all the stimuli that bombards them is not something the Intuits and Terra Indigene know how to do.

Meg is trying to control her own addiction to the euphoria of cutting by arranging a schedule of controlled cuts. She knows that her addiction can kill her if she can't get it under control. In her first controlled cut which she has with Merri Lee as her recorder, she sees a number of things that will concern the Courtyard in the next couple of weeks. One of the things she sees are blood prophets who are left on the side of the road to survive or die on their own. All of them are pregnant and have been thrown out of the breeding farms that were run very secretly to keep up the supply of blood prophets. Her vision begins a search by the Others and some humans to locate the girls and the farms and to get the girls to safety. One terrible discovery is made when Others discover what happened to the boy babies born in these breeding farms which causes Simon to go out of control and threaten to kill all the humans in the Courtyard.

Another part of Meg's vision shows growing ties with some humans who are able to work honestly and honorably with the Terra Indigene. Her vision shows gardens and For Sale signs which lead to the Others in the Courtyard purchasing some apartment buildings to provide homes for those "wolf lovers" who are being persecuted by humans of the First and Last Movement. Humans are also concerned about future food shortages which surprise the Others who see no reason why there should be such shortages.

Lieutenant Montgomery's seven-year-old daughter Lizzy also comes to Lakeside when her mother puts her on a train to escape enemies in Toland. Her mother had taken up with inspirational speaker Nicholas Scratch who is trying to convince people to join in the Humans First and Last Movement and who is a visitor from Cel Romano which is preparing for a war with the Terra Indigene to gain more territory. Lizzy brings her toy bear Boo Bear who just happens to be stuffed with stolen jewels that were meant to help finance Cel Romano's war which leads to lots of danger for Lizzy from those who need to get the jewels back. 

This book is filled with growing tensions as the Humans First and Last Movement maneuvers for more power in Thasia. This maneuvering is counterbalanced by more humans working with the Others in the Courtyard and showing them that some humans can be trusted.

I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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