Author: Richelle Mead
Publish Date: July 29th, 2014
Rating: I gotta figure out how to put more stars on this chart...
“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.”
Let me get this out there, right off the bat. This will never, not ever, be a sensible "review". This, right here, is a squeaky fangirl rant and I can't possibly hope for it to ever be anything else because I CAN'T with Sydrian. I just can't.
My poor Sydney! And Adrian! Ugh. They've been through so much already, but this is their crucible. They're alone and hopeless and have to figure out how to survive long enough to find each other. Sydney's dealing with psychopathic Alchemists at every turn, but Adrian's spirit darkness is not making things any easier for him even though he's still got his freedom. But, that's not to say that Silver Shadows is a sad or mopey addition to the Bloodlines series. I found it to be almost exactly the opposite. I thought Sydney and Adrian were finally who they were always meant to be in this one. Sydney, always the level headed logical one, was still very much level headed and logical. But she was also sensitive and brave and funny, cracking jokes worthy of Adrian Ivashkov. And Adrian, irreverent, needy and sometimes not so reliable, was brave, strong, and did what needed to be done to save the woman he loved. He was Sydney's hero and if it's possible, I fell in love with him all over again. Richelle Mead wasn't kidding when she said this book was romantic on a while different level from the previous books.
I felt like there was always a nice undercurrent of dread throughout Silver Shadows. Just enough to make you feel completely paranoid while trying to hold out hope that both Sydney and Adrian would get lucky and something would finally go right for them. Of course, things rarely go right for these two, despite their tireless efforts. But that's why their romance is so incredible in the first place. They have to fight for every moment together, so you know it's not just some fickle infatuation. These two are in it for the long haul.
The ending, for me, was predictable and Mead drops big glaring hints from the very first few chapters, but that didn't make it any less exciting or remarkable. It also could be because I'd long theorized that it would end in a very similar way. I was definitely excited when it did, in fact, end the way I'd hoped and prayed for. And what made it even better was that the ending was not cheesy, or overly dramatic or glowingly romantic just because it could be. It felt like this was a natural progression to the story and even though there's a pretty big cliffhanger, I'm still very pleased with the way it left off. Though I definitely wouldn't have minded another chapter or two, just because.
Silver Shadows is the shortest and most plot specific book in the series. Reading it is like being on a roller coaster and looking out at things as they whip by you. You can see side plots coming and going, but you're hurtling towards the end and can't stop long enough to really take them in. At around the seventy-five percent mark of the book, all of a sudden things get rolling and the already breakneck pace shifts to a blink-and-you'll-miss-it sort of thing. And it's also my favorite part in possibly the entire series. I could shriek and flail and fall all over myself gushing about this time in the book, but that would turn this review into a huge spoilery mess so I'm just going to finish up and then quietly flail by myself over here. (You can flail too in the comments if you want, but try to vague and non-spoilery if you feel the need!)
With the way Silver Shadows ended, I can only imagine what sorts of trouble my favorite romantic couple will get themselves into, and what sorts of pain, heartache, and ultimately crazy amazey displays of big romance The Ruby Circle will have in store for us. For anyone who has not yet read Bloodlines and the rest of this amazing series—it astonishes me that there are actually still people holding out on this series—I can only say, you have no idea what you're missing.
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