I just can’t say enough good things about Vision in Silver or The Others series. It started out on a high note with Written in Red and has continued to enthrall me with each installment. This story seamlessly immerses the reader in the world of the Others, a world filled with terra indigene, cassandra sangue, Elementals, and humans. The world of Thaisia is (somewhat of) a sentient being, one who created her terra indigene. They are her first children. They’re the guardians of the planet, the caretakers, the creatures who are at ease with their animal natures, and who keep the humans in check. The humans, on the other hand, are more like the unwelcome, creepy uncle who shows up uninvited at a holiday dinner and proceeds to embarrass and annoy everyone at the table.
Seriously, the humans are such jackasses in this series. (Personally, if I was one of the Others, I’d be sorely tempted to eat them or have Tornado do his thing and wing them into the wild, where they’d disappear forever, returned to nature in the most brutal and effective of ways.) What I particularly enjoy, is that the humans in this series aren’t all that different than humans in reality. There are the good people, those who want to live in peace with the Others, who respect everyone as individuals and who are trying to do the right thing and convince other humans to also do the right thing (a losing proposition 99 percent of the time). There are the arsebuckets, who feel they have the right to do whatever they want and screw anyone who gets in their way; who think that, just because the Others are different, that they’re stupid and can be screwed over. It’s fascinating how Bishop takes these human traits and pushes readers to view them through a different lens.
I have such love for the worldbuilding and the characters in this story. Meg, a cassandra sangue, is slowly emerging from her shell and taking her place as her people’s Pathfinder. She’s still so sweet and innocent, with such joy and curiosity (the reason the sanguinati call the cassandra sangue “sweet blood”) and she brings that joy to everyone she meets, especially Simon. Simon, de facto leader of the terra indigene in his area, is Wolfguard, though he’s spending more time in his human form because of Meg and his responsibilities. Still, he’s all Wolf, with the knowledge and instincts of a Wolf. He and Meg have a serious connection, despite being from different species. It hasn’t moved into a sexual relationship, though there are shades of that (Will it happen? Can Wolf and human have that type of relationship? What happens if it does? So many questions!).
Things are coming to a head between the Others and their allies and the group called Humans First and Last (god, humans are stupid. Don’t they remember what happened the last times they tried to go up against the Others and their ilk? Entire cities, wiped clean from the map. These humans…short attention span theater, for sure.). Personally, I’m rooting for the Others to gather up their allies (including those of the human persuasion) and just wipe the slate clean with the others (yeah, feeling a little bloodthirsty, there.).
If you haven’t read this fantastic series, what are you waiting for? It’s amazing.
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