Title: Silver Shadows
Author: Richelle Mead
Previous Books in the Series:
2. The Golden Lily
3. The Indigo Spell
4. The Fiery Heart
Date Started: August 9
Date Finished: August 10
Format: Hardcover from my shelf
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. . . .
Whoa. That was some crazy stuff that went on in this book. Not that I really expected anything less. After the way The Fiery Heart ended, I was really tempted to forget my self-imposed reading list rules and just jump right into Silver Shadows, but I’ve already thrown out a lot of my rules over the last year and anymore and I would have been in anarchy (yes, I know I’m a little crazy, deal with it). Anyway, I’m actually glad that I took the time to get to this book though, because by the time I did, I was less ‘What’s going to happen next? I need to know now!’ and more ‘Okay, let’s see how Sydney and Adrian are going to get themselves out of this one.’ And believe it or not it actually helped.
I still think that what happened to Sydney is going to have long lasting effects. You just don’t go from isolation for three months, being tortured – or purged whatever – for another month, and basically told that you are as bad as the creatures of hell, to okay overnight. And yes, now that she is under the protection of the Moroi – the events that led to that are just plain crazy – things should be a little bit easier. But that nice little cliff hanger at the end – again – makes me wonder if Sydney and Adrian will really be able to just sit around at Court. I also don’t trust Wesley (or whatever that idiot’s name is). He’s bound to be plotting something in retaliation for what Adrian did not only in TFH, but at the party in this book.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I’m not sure how I feel about how this book resolved the issue of Sydney being on the run from the Alchemists. I am totally with Sydney that she is way too young, and Adrian isn’t all that stable. I mean, talking to your dead aunt? He needs to get back on his medication soon. And looking at the thickness of The Ruby Circle, I’m not sure how Mead is going to tie up all the loose ends, while also dealing with Jill. I mean, Last Sacrifice was a lot longer and there was still a plot point that hadn’t been tied up. Gah.
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