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…
Comment: I've been waiting for this book for a year, as soon as I finished reading the previous one. I think this must be the same for every fan because the stories are so amazing, the waiting is torture and starts right away after one is read.
In this third installment of the Others series by Anne Bishop, we see Meg more used to the live among her new friends, but now that she's feeling safer, her brain can't keep up with all the information she sometimes gets and sometimes that influences her need to cut and how others react o her distress.
However, the biggest problem is the Humans First and Last (HFL) movement that is increasing its silent attacks to Thaisia and that will engineer a counter attack from the Others. How would that affect all the humans that aren't part of the conflict? What about the secrets that arrive at Lakeside? Can Meg help her new friends?
In this new installment we continue to see the amazing talent of this author and her huge look for detail because things happen and there are countless details and information that makes this story feel complete and full of important information.
If there's something I could fault is the slightly less amount of scenes between Meg and Simon. They do happen, we see some which are obviously cute and special and amazing, but in the middle of everything and the tension throughout the book because of the HFL actions, their relationship seems to not move forward as quickly as I'd hoped for.
Anyway, I'm still very pleased with the book. Some books seem to work so well for us while other readers don't see them as fascinating as that, but this is a series that seems to work out wonderfully for me. Like I most likely already said about the other books before this one, the author is talented and it shows. I love her peculiar style of almost telling a domestic tale about a certain community and how it develops, considering the outside forces against them. The unique voice of this author isn't seen in practically anywhere else - in terms of style and care with the simple things, the things that matter - so, I'm always so happy with a book by her.
The plot hasn't evolved much in general terms. The conflict between the Others we know and the humans seem to have escalated to the whole Thaisia (the continent where "our" Meg and her community are). While the action was mainly centered in what happened to Meg and those surrounding her, now things are becoming more global, despite Meg still being in the middle of it all.
Meg is getting better in social terms. But she still has issues to get over with and she now feels the pressure of being the sort of role model to all the others like her who have escaped and need help. I'm curious to see how the cassandra sangues like Meg can live in this world and if it will mean they get to grow up as individuals and what that could mean to their personal lives in all aspects, economical, social, romantic, professional, etc. Something for the author to explore even more, I'm sure.
I also like how the author has so many little details to bear in mind in this amazing world she has created, it's the plot and the conflicts details, it's the little things about each personality of the characters, each type of Others that has so many aspects to develop, the interactions, the domestic side of things that seems easy or inconsequential but it's one of the strongest things in the books and of course, the relationship Others/humans. I think for so many things to juggle, not only does the author a great job, but one we can "see" will still have much to be told, making this interesting and with a lot of potential still. I can't wait!
All in all, this worked out perfectly for me. I'm already eager to read more despite not being written yet. The wait is hard if one thinks about it.
This book is amazing and I recommend this series to all fantasy/paranormal/romance readers out there.