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 best-selling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.Audible Audio
Five Stars: Another fantastic installment in an outstanding series. Don't miss it.
A voice penetrates the inky blackness. Sydney huddles alone and cold on the floor, listening as the voice promises her many things, including freedom from her cell if she will just say the words and admit she has sinned against her kind by consorting with one of them... a vampire. At last, Sydney caves in hopes that she might find another way out. She knows that no matter what, her center will hold and she will find Adrian again. In the meantime, she has the horror of reeducation to face. Adrian on the outside is desperate to find Sydney, but as the weeks go by with no contact, he begins to falter and give in to his dark side. While Sydney and Adrian survive the brutal alchemist reeducation?
What I Loved:
- I absolutely inhaled this one. Once I started listening to this one, I couldn't stop. I finished it in a twenty four hour time span. It was that good. For all of you fans of this series, this is the best book to date. It has danger, action, life changing events and at the center a beautiful, realistic romance that has been building over the last five books. I couldn't get enough of Sydney and Adrian.
- Speaking of Sydney and Adrian, just when you think you know them, they go and surprise you. Sydney continues to be ever resourceful and plucky, but seeing her in this controlled environment fighting for her new beliefs was eye opening. Gone is the girl who rigidly sticks to the rules, and in her place is a new girl bent on doing whatever it takes to gain her freedom, even if that means going against everything she was taught to believe, and by breaking all the rules. Sydney is fierce and so brave in this one. I loved her more than ever. For those of you who like Rose over Sydney, I think you will see some shades of Rose in Sydney this time out. As far as Adrian, he continues to grow and mature and surprise me. Yes, he has some low moments in this one, but he totally redeems himself. Apart these two are great but together they are amazing. I love everything about Sydney and Adrian.
- The romance is just awesome. I won't go into to details, but it delivers in this one. I think fans will eat this up.
- I loved the terrifying setting of the Alchemist Reeducation setting. It is a strict and horrible place where the Alchemists are hell bent to reprogram the wayward Alchemists by all kinds of ruthless means: mind games, torture, brainwashing, conditioning, etc. It is horrible, and yet fascinating. I loved watching Sydney navigate this world and make some new allies. I liked seeing her thwart the bad guys as she fights for freedom.
- The climax is fast, furious and dangerous as well as romantic. There is a big life changing event, and more action leading up to another jaw dropping finish. Yes, there is a cliffhanger, but not like the gut wrenching one experienced at the end of The Fiery Heart. Instead, Mead delivers the type of cliffhanger I can live with since it was more along the lines of the stunning ending to book one: Bloodlines. I will tell you that the story line in this one is wrapped up for the most part before Mead throws out a big new development that I think will lead to a blending of both Vampire Academy and Bloodlines in the final book as she lays down a story line that affects characters from both series. I am hopeful that there will be lots of Rose, Dmitri, Lissa as well as the return of Adrian and Sydney. I cannot wait to get this final installment.
- I listened to the audio version and I thought both Emily Shaffer and Aiden Ford did outstanding jobs with their narrations. I loved the audio version.
And The Not So Much:
- I have very few quibbles with this one as I loved it so much. My minor complaints are that I grew quite attached to several of the characters in the reeducation, especially Duncan, and I wanted to see Duncan's reunion. Unfortunately, this book cuts away from the rest of the reeducation gang and doesn't revisit them. I am certain that there will be more of them in the next book especially since I want to seem them on the outside.
- While in reeducation, a new character Renee is introduced, and Sydney believes she could be an ally, but then she just vanishes with no further mention, what happened to Renee?
- The bad guys are so vile in this one and I totally wanted them to get what was coming to them, but sadly that doesn't happen. Seriously, couldn't someone just bitch slap a few of those haughty alchemists.
Silver Shadows delivers the most thrilling and exciting as well as romantic book to date in this awesome series. I was hooked from the first pages and couldn't put it down until I reached the jaw dropping finale. Ms. Mead has delivered another winner, while setting the stage for what I am sure will be an epic finale. I can't wait for the final book, and yet, I am hesitant as I do not want to say goodbye to this terrific series. If you haven't started The Bloodlines Series, I highly suggest you do so before the final book releases in 2015.
I purchased a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.