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.
©2014 Richelle Mead (P)2014 Penguin Audio
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Richelle Mead’s Silver Shadows is the penultimate installment in the Bloodlines series and it’s a game-changer. The Vampire Academy series is one of my favorites but Bloodlines gives it a run for its money. If you’ve followed these characters from Vampire Academy you’ll be gratified to see how they have developed into root-worthy series leads and enjoy all the twists, turns, angst, romance, and humor that Richelle Mead is known for.
This installment brings the biggest challenge to Adrian and Sydney yet. The last book had them riding quite a high so that makes the fall feel that much worse. If you know Mead then you know she puts her characters through the ringer and some of her books can be quite dark, and this is one of those. Sydney and Adrian have to be strong to weather this storm, and of the two of them it’s no surprise that Adrian is the one to fall into bad habits. As the book begins Adrian and Sydney are apart, and Adrian can’t even use spirit dreams to make contact so he’s increasingly frustrated and drawn to self-medicate. He’s come a long way in this series this is true, though his one step forward, two steps back way is trademark Adrian. But have faith, Sydrian fans!
Sydney is facing re-education, basically the thing we’ve feared the most. She’s surrounded by people who reject all her values and who want to tear her down. She has some tricks up her sleeve but is it enough? Her bravery, faith, compassion, and love in the face of such bleak conditions and horrific treatment are awe-inspiring.
The setting takes us away from sunny Palm Springs, and Mead makes the reader feel the darkness and despair that her characters are going through. We meet some new characters that may become important in the final book, plus there are some special guest appearances as well.
I listened to the Silver Shadows audiobook, read by Emily Shaffer and Alden Ford. Like The Fiery Heart, this book is in dual POV with Sydney and Adrian. I think it would be quite tortuous if we didn’t have Adrian’s POV in this one, considering Sydney’s separation from the group. Both performers get to show a lot of range in this book considering all the highs and lows that take place over the almost-11-hour book. Shaffer is a wonderful Sydney, and Ford fits Adrian to a T. I’ve heard that in the VA series audiobooks Adrian was portrayed with an English accent and that is not the case here, and I’m pretty sure that should never have been the case, but correct me if I’m wrong. Ford’s Adrian is cool and confident and distinctly Adrian. While Shaffer’s Sydney is smart, no-nonsense, yet emotional at all the right times. This was an audiobook I did not want to stop listening to.
The conclusion sets up some very exciting (and ominous) stories for the final book! I love that Mead made this installment so surprising and memorable and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.
Fantasy & Sci-Fi lover who mostly refuses to read books without their audiobook counterparts. How else can a girl get any housework done?
HOLY CRIPES, AWESOME! (At least, those were my actual words upon finishing the book. lol)
Too many to name without spoiling the book for those who haven't read it yet, so I'll just say the whole last half of the book was non-stop awesomeness.
I love Emily Shaffer in this series and I must say, Allen Ford gets points for improvement since the last book. While I prefer Emily's version of Adrian with his English accent (still don't understand why they phased that out, but oh well), I think Alden did a solid job in this book.
If I had the time, I could have easily listened to this in one sitting. Alas, I have duties that prevent me from indulging that much, but I did finish it in two days. Never has housework been so fun!
This is definitely one of my favorites, and that includes all the Vampire Academy books too! It actually reminded me of the early Vamp. Academy books. I can't wait until the next one! I whole heartedly recommend this book & especially the whole Bloodlines series & Vampire Academy series. They are all so good!
Devourer of all books fantasy
This is the fifth book in the Bloodlines series. There are six books planned in this series. The sixth book, The Ruby Circle, is scheduled for a February 2015 release. This was probably the most painful and frustrating book of this series, but it was also one of the best.
I listened to this on audiobook, and like all the audiobooks in this series, it was incredibly well done. This is definitely one of those series I recommend listening to on audiobook if you enjoy audiobooks.
Sydney has been sent to Re-education at a secret Alchemist facility. There she is subjected to torture and brain-washing. But Sydney has become a lot stronger throughout this series and even though she is terrified, she works to escape. Adrian has sunk into a deep Spirit-induced depression after his many attempts to reach Sydney through dream walking have failed. Still he will not give up trying to find Sydney no matter what the cost.
This is probably the most painful book of this series so far. However, it ended up being a very good book even if there were times when I absolutely wanted to strangle Adrian.
This book is one of those books where the characters are put through a ton of painful experiences. This book definitely showcases how much Sydney has grown and changed since the first book. You can tell Adrian has grown as well, but there were still parts of the book where I wanted to smack Adrian and tell him to get his moody depressed butt in gear.
We learn a ton about re-education and more about the internal working of the Alchemists. We also get to see Sydney wield some serious magic and are given a glimpse into how incredibly powerful Adrian's Spirit Magic is.
There are a ton of new characters, pretty much everyone Sydney meets in Re-education is new to the story. They were all well done and enjoyable to read about. We also get to read about a lot of characters we have meet throughout the series. Rose is in the story a bit and Lissa as well. We finally meet Adrian’s mom and spend time with his dad too.
I was disappointed that the story ends on yet another awful cliffhanger. However, that just seems to be how Mead likes to write her books. So you have been warned. I was also a bit disappointed that this book is almost entirely about Sydney and Adrian’s drama; any other storylines or issues have taken a backseat to this drama.
Overall this was an excellent continuation of the series and I am dying to see what happens next. Although this is one of the most painful books in this series, it was also a really darn good one. This whole series, along with the Vampire Academy series, is strongly recommended if you enjoy reading paranormal YA books.
Yes, anything Richelle Mead writes is worth reading multiple times.
The rescuing of Sydney was my favorite part.
The details of emotions, people, and places.
Looking forward to the next book in the series
I like the spin off series even better. Can't wait for the next one. Adrian was always one of my favorites and he needed his own story.
This is definitely my favorite book so far because I love the entire series and I couldn't wait to finally get my hands on this one.
I enjoyed the conflict. I was really hoping that it wouldn't be that story where everything is happy go lucky because that would have just been really boring. There was continues conflict which really kept things interesting.
I like that they captured what I thought the characters would sound like. Also I could tell that they weren't just reading the words and they were really attempting to put some kind of emotion into what they were saying.
The center will hold, but will never be the same.
Social sci-fi, vampires, and modern detective thrillers, oh my!
Action, witch magic, vampire magic, brute force, romance...who could ask for more! This book was the most exciting of the Bloodlines series and even the Vampire Academy series.
How it fell into the last book
I love all her characters.
How Adrian finally got thru to His girlfriend
Amazing, gripping, beautiful
Adrian and Sydney's wedding
I'm familiar with Emily Shaffer from past Bloodline and Vampire Academy books and love her. Alden Ford, I remember from The Fiery Heart and I love him. Both of these narrators go really well with each other. I love them.
I love how both narrators were able to bring life into the characters. They are amazing.
Book nerd to the core! :)
Amazing author, amazing narrator, amazing series.
Adrian because he just sounds hilarious and sexy! :)
They compliment each other. I read the first couple of books first and their voices and personalities match the characters in my mind.
Romance, action, magic. .. where do you fit?
One of my very favorite series ever! !
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