The Meg is back! Well, she is not actually The Meg anymore. She’s Our Meg and that may be even better.
If you have no idea what I am talking about, you are clearly missing out on one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series and you need to stop what you are doing and go buy Written in Red. No really. Do it now.
This third installment picks up right on the heels of book 2. It follows Meg as she continues to find balance, free of the Controller and the Walking Names who shaped her life for so long. She has come a long way, but she still struggles with her need to cut. Now it’s not just her life on the line, but the lives of all the girls rescued who are like her. Meg needs to understand herself and her triggers in order to help those like her survive in the outside world.
Meanwhile, tension is nearing the breaking point between humans and the Others. Right in the middle of it all are Monty and his little girl, Lizzie. We’ve heard from the beginning how hard it has been for him to be apart from her. Now, circumstances are reuniting them, but at what cost? There are humans vying for supremacy and making the very big mistake of forgetting who the real dominant species is on Earth. It’s a powder keg just waiting to blow.
There are so many things I like about these books. The world-building is fantastic. Yes, there is a glossary and some made up words, but it’s nothing that is going to make you feel lost. In fact, it’s really very easy to fall into this world without having to give it much thought at all. I also really love the Others of the Lakeside Courtyard. Simon, of course, is my favorite, but I’ll get back to him in a minute. Tess is such a fantastic secondary character. I also love Nathan, Henry, and Sam. It’s fascinating watching how they interact with Meg… how they are evolving. They are monsters, no doubt, but the deeper we get into these books, we see how much more monstrous humans can be. Ooooh. And they are gonna get theirs.
My only small niggle: I am ready to move a little bit further in the relationship between Simon and Meg. I know this is not a romance and I understand why they’re not doing the dirty in one of the upstairs rooms. But Anne Bishop keeps dropping all of these little hints that something is happening there. For three books, something has been happening. The thing is, I need a little more something. When it takes three months to culminate in holding a hand, well, we might could pick up the pace just a bit.
I didn’t find this installment quite as strong as the first two. Overall, though, this remains a consistently fantastic series. It’s entertaining, easy reading, and still thought provoking. Would definitely recommend.
*ARC provided by publisher
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Vision in Silver
by Anne Bishop
Release Date: March 3, 2015