“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!”
“S P O I L E R S
Story starts off with Sydney getting ready to attend a wedding in another state. Sonya Karps wedding in fact. The way things ended with her and Adrian she was trying to avoid him as much as possible. In fact she made sure they would not leave out of the same city to attend the wedding but it was also to ensure the safety of Jill and the others. Travel plans changed at the airport and she ended up on the same plane. They talked about what happened and he agreed no matter what she says he’s going to love her from afar. When she got to the wedding she met with her fellow alchemists and tried to get answers about Marcus. Still not getting anywhere and Sage being the way she was, she needed answers now. Adrian offered to meet her in the woods so they can do a locator spell on Marcus.
Back in Amberwood Ms. Tellinger showed her an article of what was happening in Los Angeles that her sister may be sucking the youth and magic out of other witches that don’t really dabble in magic. She wanted Sydney to warn these girls and try to track down her sister Veronica under disguise as she may be a target as well. With that task she had to constantly be with Adrian as he needed use his spirit element to help disguise her.
On another trip she sought out and found Marcus who was trying to convince Sydney that the tattoo kept her controlled by the Alchemists to break from the tattoo and join his group. Before she could join; however, she needed to perform a task and obtain surveillance proving that the head of the Warriors and alchemists were meeting. Conflicted with all of these tasks Sydney began to question who she really was. She was now doing things that without a question could get her into a lot of trouble but at the same time she felt that no one should be able to control her other than her self. The ending was satisfying and I cannot wait for the next book. A lot happier on how this one ended than the last.
YESSS!!! I knew the last book left me hanging for a reason. Thank you Richelle Mead for making up for it in this book. You didn’t have me wait too long in this book for it either. In regards to Sydney and Adrian this book was the best of the bloodline series. I elaborate on the part that it is in regards to them two specifically because I’m not too keen about the witchcraft dabble. What really keeps me reading this series is the love story between the two. Obviously, if you read the VA series these two deserve their happiness. ”
“Richelle Mead is one of my favorite authors, and I absolutely loved Vampire Academy. This series is good, but it doesn't hold my interest as well as VA, and I'm not sure why. As always, the author's style of writing is great, but I don't feel the connection to Sydney that I felt with Rose. I read this series mainly for Adrian. His character development and snarky attitude is what has kept me reading this series. ”Kathryn wrote this review Sunday, March 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was pretty mediocre. For me, the story was too predictable. I'm not that into witchcraft, so the witch thing was a bit annoying. At one point of time I literally wanted to shout at Adrian to stop saying Cliche stuff. I always love Richelle Mead's books, so this is a first.”Vedikaa wrote this review Sunday, March 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It is a great book!!! like always its full of charm and humor. I think this maybe the best one yet. Things are finally falling into place. I really do recommend it.”Laura N. Pelaez wrote this review Saturday, March 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“i love this book !!!!!! ”trish valle wrote this review Saturday, March 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The ending is crazy! Can't wait for the next one!”j arete wrote this review Friday, March 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“All books by Richelle Mead deserve 5 stars, and this one wasn't an exeption :) Love love every single character, love the plot, and even though it didn't have that much action, it was wonderful. Sydney and Adrian aw !!
JUST GIMME THE 4TH BOOK !! I cant wait (/.\)”