Title: The Golden Lily
Author: Richelle Mead
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Date Originally Read: April 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover from my own shelf
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. Alchemists protect vampire secrets – and human lives. Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California – tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formorly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.
But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age-old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and her sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi – the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that – special, magical, powerful – that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Braydon, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else – someone forbidden to her.
When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her. Should she trust the Alchemists – or her heart?
Shockingly enough, here is another series where I own all the books, but have only read a few of them and that was a few years ago. The rest have sat on my shelf – or in this case the floor – and have not been touched. I had really weird rules about tackling my reading list, but I’ve sort of gone lack on them. Sort of.
Anyway, The Golden Lily, to me, was much better than Bloodlines. For some reason Sydney didn’t annoy me as much as she did in the first book. I got where she was coming from, even if she was a little bit too uptight sometimes. I mean, a Moroi using magic, she should be used to that by now. I get that it’s against her religious beliefs, but she really just needs to chill out. She’s going to give herself a heart attack one of these days. As for Adrian…he’s still just as swoon worthy as usual. His slow fall for Sydney was actually quiet adorable, if a little back handed at times (having her teach him how to drive a stick when he already knew how). And then I’m still trying to figure out Trey’s character. I feel like we got a little bit of insight in this book, but some things just don’t add up.
Also this new bunch of ‘Alchemists’ are really throwing me off. They’re almost radical to an extent. I kind of want to know more about them, and I hope they’re brought up more in the next book. Especially Marcus Fine. There’s a story there, I just know there is.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Sydney isn’t as neurotic as she was in the last book, although she seems to still have a few hang ups; Moroi magic, her magic, following her duty to the Alchemists. But I’m really hoping even those fall to the wayside a little bit. Knowing Adrian’s past, I have a feeling that putting distance between them won’t be a solution for long.
Bookshelf worthy? So many books so little time.