“Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who serve to protect human lives and preserve vampire secrets from those humans. She has been assigned to help watch over a Moroi princess, Jill, who is the only family member of the Moroi Queen, Lissa Dragomir. Hidden away at a prep school in Palm Springs with her Dhampir protector and another Dhampir from the Keeper group, and Adrian Ivashkinov, a Moroi who is bonded to Jill after saving her life.
Life has become a lot more interesting for Sydney, one of her teachers is teaching her how to use magic, which is against all she has been taught by the Alchemists. She has started realizing the prejudices against the Moroi and Dhampir that she has been taught is slowly eroding the more time she spends with them. Plus, she is developing strong feelings for Adrian, who has already declared his feelings to her. This will definitely cause some big problems for her with the Alchemists if they find out.
She is also tracking down the elusive Marcus Finch, a former Alchemist who the organization denies exists, and lives in the shadows, on the run. She discovers the group she has been loyal to her whole life has been hiding the truth from her, and that the Golden Lily tattoo might have more power over her than a compulsion to not talk about vampires with regular humans.
She is also being asked to help track down an evil magic user that might even be targeting her, and could cause her to use more magic than she is comfortable with!
Over all, a very gripping read, and just when you think things might be going her way, Sydney gets a surprise at the end of the book! Can't wait for the next one!”