Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5)
By Richelle Mead
Publication date: July 29, 2014
Razorbill, 380 pages
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.
— Goodreads.com description
Usually my reviews of the Bloodlines series are spoiler-free. But this time around? ALL SPOILERS ALL THE TIME.
WARNING: Do not read further if you haven’t read the book, because I really want to discuss it without tiptoeing around things.
Okay, here we go.
Poor, poor Sydney. And, wow, Richelle Mead you are DARK. This series — and the Vampire Academy books before it — has always been equal parts humor and dark, dark twistiness. As Sydney endured torture at the hands of her fellow Alchemists, it was as dark as ever. And REALLY difficult to read those torture scenes.
Despite being 380 pages, I don’t feel like a lot of the plot moved forward in this book, which is hard when we all have such a long, desperate wait between installments. I was a little disappointed — not because I didn’t love this book — but because I wanted more more MORE.
It set us up for plenty of “more” to deal with in the books to come — Sydney’s PTSD is sure to be a major issue, as is Adrian’s bender (more on that later)” — but didn’t satisfy any of my Bloodlines cravings NOW. So, yeah, I’m a little pouty.
But, still, any time spent with these lovely characters does feel like a gift. I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH.
Okay, Adrian. Freaking Adrian. I love the guy. I do. But GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER, SON. I was so disappointed by his backslide into partying and booze in Sydney’s absence. And Nina. WOW. I am so angry with him about Nina. This better come out to Sydney…I’m so irked it didn’t in Silver Shadows.
Actually, I’m irked with both him AND Sydney. They really need to learn to communicate…can’t you just see how everything is set up to hit the fan because they’re avoiding talking about anything real?
But, okay, that wedding was adorable. I cannot believe that actually happened. I loved it and didn’t see it coming at all and this was the big plot point that I was so so so pumped about. Oh, and that cliffie! Where is Jill?! AHHH!
So that’s where I’m at with things: Devoured it. Enjoyed it. But felt it left me hanging a bit and sort of served to set up the next book more than anything. And I’m impatient so that is tough for me!
Have you read it? Thoughts? Let’s talk!