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 aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch - a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood - or else she might be next.
©2013 Penguin Audio; 2013 Richelle Mead
"We're suckers for it." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Stands out from the crowded vampire genre." (Associated Press)
"An obvious pick for the literary lover of all things bloodsucking." (MTV's Hollywood Crush)
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This is the third book in the Bloodlines series by Mead. The fourth book will be titled, The Fiery Heart, and is scheduled for a November 2013 release date. There are six books planned for this series. This was, by far, the most spectacular book yet in this series. Sydney grows a ton as a character and the plot was absolutely wonderful and engaging. There is a lot more focus on the magic elements that really started showing up in the previous book.
I listened to this on audiobook and it was exceedingly well done. I really thought the narrator captured Sydney’s character spot on. The narrator also did an excellent job distinguishing between other characters’ voices and did a wonderful job conveying character emotion as well. This really was an excellent book to listen to on audiobook.
Sydney is determined to hunt down the elusive Marcus Finch in an effort to find out what the Alchemists are trying to hide. Unfortunately she has to balance her search with her continued Alchemist’s duties to protect Jill. Of course making things even more complicated are her interactions with Adrian. To add to the whole mess, Ms. Terwilliger, is suddenly pushing Sydney to learn more magic quickly because she believes an evil witch is out to harm Sydney.
This was by far my favorite book in this series. There are so many interesting things happening with both the plot and the characters in this book.
Sydney will just absolutely blow you away in this book, she really comes into her own. In previous books she hasn’t been my favorite character, but she made up for all of that in this book. In this book she really starts using that brain of hers and decides to hunt down the truth for herself. She takes a lot of risks (so un-Sydney-like) and really starts to think for herself. She is growing in magic potential and finally starting to listen to her heart as well as her mind.
Adrian was also amazing in this book. He is so respectful and supportive of Sydney. He’s become this absolute constant that she can always depend on. The relationship the two develop is so sweet and touching. Adrian’s patience with Sydney is incredible and astounding.
The plot was incredibly well done. You have three major plot elements: Sydney’s job as an alchemist, Sydney tracking down Marcus Finch, and Sydney learning magic and trying to hunt down an evil sorceress. All three elements are masterfully woven together. All three are incredibly interesting and do a lot to progress the story. These are all things I was so excited to read more about after reading the Golden Lily.
I love how there is more magic in this book and I love how the plot is expanding beyond just the vampires and introducing more interesting elements into this world.
This book is absolutely wonderful. It is incredibly engaging and well written and very hard to put down. I just loved it! Mead keeps you on the edge of your seat right to the end of the book.
Overall an absolutely excellent continuation of this series! I really really loved it. By far the best book in the series yet. Both Sydney and Adrian really grow as characters and became something special in this book. Not to mention there is a lot more cool magic going on and we learn about the history of the Alchemist's even more. I strongly recommend this series to fans of YA paranormal reads; this book really made me happy I am reading this series. Now I am dying to see what will happen in the next book in this series.
Another great book in the Bloodlines series!
Sydney is growing on me as the main character. She finally opens up to the real world and admits to herself what is going on around her; including Adrian. Now that she has finally admitted her feelings, she is trying to push Adrian away - but with an evil witch after her she needs his help now more than ever!
This book focuses more on Adrian and Sydney, instead of the constant drama surrounding Amberwood Academy as in the previous books. There is still a fair amount of storyline to keep all the characters up to date so we don't forget about them, but to finally have some quality time with Adrian is nice.
We are introduced to several new characters, including Marcus and his merry men - who is super hot.. to everyone except Sydney. His bright blue eyes are no match to the perfect green of Adrian's in her mind. We also find ourselves with a cliff hanger that brings a couple new characters to the 'family' at Amberwood!
I can't wait for the next book in this series!
I compare this series to Vampire Academy which is in my top 3 book series period.
Dream sequences between A & S.
YES! I didn't want to stop listening to the book...I love that!
The narrator did a fabulous job! It's one of those books where I feel if I read it instead of listening to it, I'm not sure I would like it as much. I highly recommend this book series if you like fantasy or paranormal romance.
I love the vampire academy series, this series expands on my favorite supporting characters. Can't wait for the next book!
Yes, because it was fun and had romantic without cheese.
I can't pick out one thing. It was just good if you like the genre and want to listen to an enjoyable story.
I like her voices for the characters. If I did read one of the books, I think I'd imagine those voices for the characters.
There were a couple of "awww!" and "yay!"s
I liked the 3rd novel in this series.. Usually most books loose there interest for me after they have as many books in the series as this whole one does Including the previous ones but I am enjoying this series everytime one comes out.
because the story is as amazing as the previous ones both in the bloodline series and in her other works...
how the characters evolve both in relation to each other and personally
i can't tell without spoilering
i was wearing a big smirk along with my headphones in public several times :)
The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it ended. I realize a lot of people don't like Sydney as a character but I do like her. She's a lot like me - insecure, smart and practical. I really identify with that. And that a super-hot guy like Adrian loves her - well that gives me hope. ;) I love Sydney and Adrian as a couple. They listen to each other, work together well and have faith in one another. I am really curious to see how things continue in book four and absolutely cannot wait for it to come out.
Emily Shaffer does a great job as narrator in this book.
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