Series: Bloodlines #5
Published by Penguin Australia on July 29, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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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.
Since The Fiery Heart ended on a massive cliffhanger, the wait is over to find out the fate of Sydney at an Alchemist re-education facility. This sets the basis for Silver Shadows, as Sydney is subjected to both mental and physical torture throughout the entire book. It’s up to Adrian to save her, a seemingly impossible task with his return to alcoholism.
While I enjoyed the book for the most part, there are a number of things that irritated me throughout the book.
It mostly felt like a filler (thanks Nara for pointing that out), and I felt like it was predictable throughout. Aside from demonstrating Sydney’s mental strength, and how she never broke even once under torture, and used her intelligence to influence the other prisoners, I’m not sure what the point of the book was. We do meet a few side characters which she interacted with in the re-education facility, some of which is connected to her family, but they didn’t get too much development throughout. I’m so proud of Sydney and how she never crumbles, how her intelligence and her wit pulls her through. She’s been criticised as being weak in comparison to Rose but after reading this book, there is no way I’d think that again.
I took a deep breath and said: “I fell in love with a vampire.”
And like that, I was blinded by light.
Adrian is back to his usual antics as he visits the Moroi Court and starts drinking and partying again. I wanted to yell at him to find Sydney and to stop wallowing in his own self pity. It had only been 3 months and he gave up searching for her so quickly, and a stronger person would have never given up. He does end up pulling through in the end, but it occurred to me just how dependent he is on Sydney to carry him through life, with the dark pull of spirit and alcohol. I’m not sure how healthy this relationship is, but at least they are complimentary to each other. There is also another girl who pops up and it is the worst thing ever, especially when Sydney is counting on Adrian to save her.
“So stop beating yourself up, Sage, and use that beautiful brain I know and love.” – Adrian
Told in the dual point of views from The Fiery Heart, the side characters will disappear in the background as we alternate between Sydney’s torture and experience and Adrian’s antics and search for her. We will get to meet some of our favourite VA characters, but honestly Lissa just annoyed me in the book as she refuses to help Adrian.
While not as good as The Fiery Heart, Silver Shadows demonstrated Sydney’s mental strength and perseverance as she withstands mental and physical torture in the Alchemist’s re-education facility. While most of the book felt like it was just going through the motions, waiting for Sydney to be broken out and saved, it didn’t start getting exciting until the last quarter of the book with some massive developments. Nothing will ever be the same, and I’m excited to see what the final Bloodlines book has in stall for the Moroi, Alchemists, and our favourite couple Sydney and Adrian.
Rating: 4 out of 5
I received a review copy from Penguin Australia in exchange for an honest review.