Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.
In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.
Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.
For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .
Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.
Wow. I absolutely adored this book. Compared to the previous 4, this tops them by…miles. MILES I TELL YOU! Richelle Mead’s writing forever astounds me, but not just that, but the characters. How…deep they are. How they all have their own issues, own problems to get through and we see that, we see them develop and grow and I just love them more in the end.
If you remember, at the end of The Fiery Heart, Sydney is caught by the Alchemists because her father and sister sold her out. Essentially because Sydney fell in love with a Moroi, Adrian. I love Adrian and I hate the Alchemist. They are their own worst enemies because they refuse to see the truth or accept that maybe the Moroi aren’t as bad as they portray them to be.
At the beginning of Silver Shadows, we continue on from Sydney’s isolation in “Re-Education” in an unknown location. After months, she decides on a plan of action, but when it comes to the Alchemists, they’re always going to be one step ahead of whatever Sydney thinks out.
The pacing throughout this was fantastic and always kept me on my toes. I was eager to find out what would happen next. Pages turned one after the other and I was sucked in. Well and truly.
The two POVs for Adrian and Sydney were as intense as each other and I felt so bad for both characters. Adrian was a little bit annoying at first though because he was obviously sinking back into depression because of his Spirit use, and his Aunt Tatiana’s voice in his head was not helping the situation. I was like “GET UP AND GO!” shouting at him. Even though, obviously, he couldn’t hear me.
I won’t spoil too much, but there is one character in Re-Education that I hate. HATE. And I don’t say that often. Sheridan. That bitch can go die now, please. She was the most evil cow in the whole thing and I just…arghhh…I wanted to punch my fist into the book and strangle her. I’ve not hated a character that much in a long time. I became grateful for the POV switch to be honest so that I could have a break. haha
There were moments when I thought, what with Sydney risking her life most of the time, that something awful (more awful?) would happen.
Okay so I probably shouldn’t mention that there’s a BIG thing that happens a few chapters from the end. If you’ve read it, you’ll know. I usually don’t like this happening, but well…okay. And don’t get me started on that cliff hanger… Enough, Kat. Stop speaking! Let’s just say, it stunned everyone. Even the characters in the book. *zips lips*
*unzips lips* It was great to see (read?) Lissa and Rose again, as well as Dimitri. We see a lot more of Nina who was introduced with her sister, Olive, in Fiery Heart. Also Sydney’s older sister, Carly.
So, as you can tell, this is one hell of a ride and I sincerely plead for you to read the series if you haven’t already, in which case…uh…dude, what are you reading this for? *shuffles you all to the book store*
I can’t wait for the next book…I think it’s the last one, which will make me cry so hard because Adrian is mine…MINE! I haven’t rated a book 5 stars in a while but this…THIS…amazing book…deserved far more than 5. Maybe 7 or 8? MAYBE 100!