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…
“Do you know what happened to the dinosaurs? The Others is what happened to the dinosaurs. A joke Captain Burke had told him his first day on the job in Lakeside. Except it wasn’t a joke. Burke had known that, at least to some degree. And now so did he.”
Vision in Silver is the “Everyone yell at Meg” book. And it really isn’t isn’t my favourite of the five devoted to Meg, because everyone is just angry at Meg all the time for being cassandra sangue and it’s frustrating because she’s trying to learn. She is making mistakes on the way to learning, which they want her to do anyway. And they just want her to be perfect at it and do everything the way they want her to do it. And then make her feel bad for being who she is. And I know that isn’t the way it is supposed to be read, but that is the way I read it every time.
The story in this book is dedicated to three things:
1. Meg has been tasked with helping the other cassandra sangue learn how to live in the world. Because she has been out the longest and they are breaking down completely. They didn’t choose this, and no one knows how to help them. However, this involves Meg breaking down a lot herself and she tries to figure out what makes her tick combined with the world being actually overwhelming to her and she was just good at instinctively knowing what to do before.
Which makes everyone yelling at Meg the entire book that much worse. They told her to do this. They told her to find how to help these people, and she is doing it the only way she knows how. And it isn’t healthy for her, either. And I understand that they love her, and want to see her around for a long time to come. It just pisses me off. They’re trying to cage her, something that is abhorrent to them. It is just a cage of perfection and feelings instead of bars.
2. Crispin James Montgomery has been working as the police contact between the humans and the Terra Indigene of the courtyard since book one. He had to leave his daughter and his wife to do it, since he had to leave Toland when he helped an other child who then ate a human male who was abusing her. And his ex-wife is selfish and was only with him for his potential connections and refuses him access to his daughter.
All this is important because his daughter, Lizzie, has shown up at Lakeside. Without her mother. Unaccompanied. And no one knows where his ex-wife is. And all anyone knows is that something bad probably happened in Toland. And Boo-Bear, Lizzie’s teddy bear, is hiding something. Which is even more serious when we learn that Lizzie’s mother was dating Nicholas Scratch, the head of the Humans First and Last movement.
3. Which brings us to the last and most serious of all: the Humans First and Last movement is gaining more traction. It is all out humans vs. others, and the Terra Indigene aren’t going to put up with this for long. There is a ticking clock going on in the background. And a lot of time is spent creating safety nets for the humans that are willing to work with the others. Friends and family. They know who is causing the trouble, they’re just waiting to see if humans come to their senses and deal with the troublemakers first.
Really, the Others are the model of patience for having to deal with the idiocy the humans present to the world.