Published: March 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
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…
Curlypow's Thoughts :
This series very, very quickly made its way close to the top of my all time favourites list. Written in Red set up this alternate Earth in the very best way. Murder of Crows continued with the stellar world building and also kept up with the amazing characters. Vision in Silver just pulled it all together and mixed it up and put a cherry on top.
Meg and Simon have to be one of the craziest couples ever, but in such a gentle, yet compelling way. They are so obviously nuts about each other, yet are so unaware of it themselves that it is just a treat to read about. I spent the whole book mentally pushing these two characters together and chuckling over their hesitations. Meg is one of those characters who realizes that she is naive and tries hard to teach herself what she needs to know. She is strong in so many ways and is always looking out for others. Simon too, although in no way could you call him naive, other than in relationships. He is the strong, silent type who is always on guard, and his feelings for Meg have taken him so much by surprise that he is almost completely lost. Ms. Bishop has managed to convey a beautiful romance with no sex, no kissing, just companionship and I love it.
The setting is also complete, and real. Things are just different enough that you know you're not in Kansas anymore, without being too obvious about it, and world mythology is astounding. I love that there are elemental characters that are so strange even most of the other supernatural characters don't know about them. I get shivers just thinking about some of them. A lot of the dialogue takes place in the bookstore and coffee shop, but these are completely different from normal. Werewolf and vampire romances written by werewolves and vampires anyone?
I could probably go on ad infinitum about these books, but lets just say that if you like good paranormal fiction, stands to reason you'll love this one. All three books are rather violent, but if older teens can handle that, there is no reason why they shouldn't read these. Very highly recommended. (If we gave out stars here on the Princesses I'd be giving this one a solid 5+)