For anyone reading this, Vision in Silver is the third book in Anne Bishop's Others series. It's set in an alternate reality earth, where humans are nFor anyone reading this, Vision in Silver is the third book in Anne Bishop's Others series. It's set in an alternate reality earth, where humans are not the dominate species. The Others series began with Written In Red, a book I could not stop reading. I finished reading Written In Red, waited one day and started over. I read it three times in a row. The story was addicting. Bishop's world building is so crafty that it snares you in with it's brutality, it's curiosity, and it's naivety. In the two years since Written In Red's release, I've read it over two dozen times. Needless to say, I gave it five stars. I would have given it more. When A Murder of Crows came out in 2014, I devoured it. But A Murder of Crows was not as addicting as Written in Red. Now, I'm not saying that the second book wasn't five star material, because it was, but A Murder of Crows was a breathing point. A natural pause to look around and really get a feel for Namid and the terra indigene. It offered more depth…so much so that you couldn't help but immerse yourself. You had a good long breath and some cool clean water. Then Vision in Silver snuck around the corner, grabbed ahold, and brutalized you. At the very end, it gave you hope. A small blooming from Spring, a gentle rain from Water, and a good explosion from Fire. Vision in Silver has been out one week, I've read it twice. If it doesn't get Fantasy Book of the Year, I'll be shocked. I would love to give you a great review of Meg and Simon's evolving world, but I'd give away to much. I will tell you, at 20% into the book, I set it aside to cry. Really, bawl my eyes out, sop up my nose, then I picked it back up and kept going. I had to know. I had to have more.
Damn you Anne Bishop! Why? Why must you gut us and leave us bleeding fodder for wolves? Please, do it again. Please....more
I was teased with a preview of Beth Cato's book, Clockwork Dagger. Way back in July 2014, the first three pages came in an email about upcoming booksI was teased with a preview of Beth Cato's book, Clockwork Dagger. Way back in July 2014, the first three pages came in an email about upcoming books from the publisher. I always skim the previews to see if anything catches my eye. It took less than six paragraphs to hook me. A newly graduated healer, hiding what she is from the world as she traveled to the town where she would be employed, stumbles upon an injured dog. In a moment she makes a choice. The choice to heal the dog. Very quickly, out of sight and using a small fortune in healing herbs, she saves the dog. As she returns the dog to the emaciated child who lost it, she realizes she saved the families meal. That simple truth shoves us forcefully into the heart of a war torn, starving, beaten land. The healer, Octavia Leander could have made no other choice. Her calling as a healer is her life. The herbs and her connection to the Lady, her tools. Now if she can only survive the dirigible voyage to reach the town she will try to save.
That small snippet. Those few words, made me crave. I wanted more of this world. More of this woman who's choice were sometimes good and sometimes not so good. Trust can be a double edged dagger, so who should Ocatavia trust when she learns that she is the target of an assassin? I had to wait until September 2014 to find out. I pre-ordered the book and got caught up in life. Then, in the beginning of January 2015, I was looking for something to read, there it was on my kindle. I was so excited, I dove right in. It's an amazing world building book. Somethings are tantalizing and some are not fleshed out yet (thankful, Ms. Cato has at least two more upcoming books in the series). I loved this book with it's simple, fresh plot full of political machinations and healing touch. I cannot wait for more....more
A nice little side story about Sang and the boys. It involves a trick, some pumpkins, and a few gravestones. But the treat is all for us fanatic readeA nice little side story about Sang and the boys. It involves a trick, some pumpkins, and a few gravestones. But the treat is all for us fanatic readers....more
I am a huge fan of C.L. Stone's Ghost Bird series. When I heard there were three books in a coinciding series, I jumped at the chance to read more inI am a huge fan of C.L. Stone's Ghost Bird series. When I heard there were three books in a coinciding series, I jumped at the chance to read more in the world of the Academy. Sadly, I did not enjoy Thief. The main character, Kayli, is a thief who steals to keep a cheap motel roof over her brother's head…and her drunkard of a father. She never steals from women or people who can't afford to lose the cash in their wallets. An Academy group entraps her at the mall she's been haunting in order to hire her. In order to help her brother (by making enough money to keep them going for a few months to a year), she agrees to help them. At this point, street wise Kayli becomes an idiot in distress dressed in someone else's clothes. She begins the book as an intelligent thinking survivor to an "oh please save me from my rash decisions and overly trusting nature idiot." None of which she was at the start of the book.
Thief does not suffer from bad writing, quite the opposite. C.L. Stone still manages to weave a solid tale through the Academy boys. They are the more interesting characters, even though we only see them through Kayli's perceptions. Maybe I read Thief too soon after reading Sang's stories. Maybe I haven't given Kayli a chance. Right now, I don't want to know more of her story. I might pick up the second book to see if my irritation was unfounded. But I can't help but be bothered by an intelligent woman suddenly tossing away all common sense because of simple attraction....more