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Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead book review

I’m so behind again!


Here’s the first review…






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.


This book continues 3-4 months after The Fiery Heart ended and Sydney was kidnapped by the evil Alchemists. Adrian is in pain… Like loads of it and he’s drinking constantly, going to parties, basically drowning himself in his misery because he can’t find Sydney.

Seeing as Jill is Spirit Bound to Adrian, everything he experiences, she experiences and so she ends up calling his mother to intervene on his ways.

So he ends up at court and he be friends Nina (Remember her from The Fiery Heart?) and well Nina is pretty much in love with Adrian (Duh who wouldn’t be!?) and she ends up making a pass at him at a very vulnerable moment.

He tries to find Sydney in her dreams but its impossible and even with Marcus’ help nothing seems to working. Adrian, at this point, has officially lost her. The centre didn’t hold.

And then there’s Sydney herself, stuck in the Rehabilitation centre for Alchemists gone bad. She’s been in this confinemnt room for 3 months and through sheer will she manages to get out of her little room and into a group of other Alchemists gone bad, who ultimately shun her for what she’s done.

Sydney acts out sometimes and ends up being tortured and opressed until she starts to believe that she’ll never get out of that place. Sydney then uses the magic she was taught by Mrs. Terwilliger to good use, managing to use a substance to stop other Alchemists turning into zombies after they’ve had their Lily tattoo’s re inked, making herself invisible so she can see where the exit points are in the place and cutting of the gas supply where they are drugging them to sleep.

With the gas off Sydney finally makes contact with Adrian via a spirit dream and through that they manage to plan her escape. With the help of Marcus, Sydney’s older sister and the very sad specimen that is now Keith, they manage to find out where Sydney and the others are being kept.

They bust Sydney and the others out, via a little espionage and help from Sydney’s magic and go on the run through Vegas where they run into Alchemists at every corner.

Then Adrian has the idea of claiming santuary at the Court but Sydney knows that they wouldn’t grant that to her, but Adrian has a plan up his sleeve and ????????!! (Haha spoiler!) She with the pair of them now ??????? they find a way to get to Court, but not without one final hurray on top of a Vegas roof where they are waiting for a helicopter and manage to kick some evil Alchemist butt!

Once they get to court, despite some of the obvious objections, they are finally under protection and everything seems well… Until the get a knock on the bedroom door from Rose.

And she’s got some bad news!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand queue a cliffhanger.

Wwhich ultimately prompts this…..





Anyway haha

Sydney really did prove to be a kick ass heroine in this book. Seriosuly. She has come a long way from her first apprearance in VA where you couldn’t really seem to like her that much. Buts since Bloodlines you’ve seen her grow and grow until this amazing book girl who your proud of. She overcame the torture in this book with an iron will and she never let her love for Adrian to die, despite the Alchemists attempts.

And Adrian… The poor dude. The way he spiralled into his drink and depression killed me. I loved Adrian from his first appearance in VA and I hated seeing him like this  but could understand why he had done it. Sydney, his whole life, was gone from him and he had no way of finding her. And even when he saw Sydney naked, with her near starved body from her torture, he still saw the beauty in her and you loved him all the more for it.

And them together… I think they are stronger than Rose and Dimitri and Lissa and Christian! (who all turn up in the book… although Christian doesn’t speak!)

I think Richelle Mead had more fun writing the romance between Sydrian than she did Romitri!

All in all I loved this book so so so so much and now I need the sixth book… NOW!

Another amazing Bloodlines book 🙂


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