Review: Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead


Silver Shadows

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 seize hold of him…

With their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth instalment in the bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

Silver Shadows starts off where the Fiery Heart left off. Sydney’s in deep with the Alchemists and Adrian has just lost the only person that’s made him want to better himself and leave the alcoholic, narcissist behind.

As much of a fan as I am of Richelle Mead and the Vampire Academy world she has created, I find Bloodlines to be a hit and miss series for me. I love Adrian and how he’s written, but Sydney is someone I find it really hard to connect with. Considering we’re both nerdy, by-the-book, loners, we should be instant BFFs BUT she’s pretty annoying.

Silver Shadows, thankfully, is where she starts to redeem herself a little. You finally get to see the vulnerable side to her that is hidden away behind the know-it-all attitude. And Mead gets real rough with some of the situations she puts Sydney through with the Alchemists.

The thing is, Mead could have taken this book to such a dark and unforgettable level given what she puts Sydney and Adrian through, but it missed the mark. Sure, I can recognise what they went through was crap, but I didn’t feel it. Mead knows how to scar the reader (the endings of Frostbite and Shadow Kiss are two that come to mind) so I really had high hopes that this book was going to take it to the next level – I mean, I wouldn’t want to get on the bad side of the Alchemists. But it didn’t, so when it looked like everything was going to be fine and dandy, I really felt cheated. They hadn’t earn it.

Despite this, Mead had me turning pages until the end and that’s where the real fun began. In this world there are a lot of ingrained rules that you are totally on board with as a reader, so when one of these rules are broken it’s a big, ‘UH UH-THEY DID WHAT NOW?!’ moment, with the head swivel and everything. The rule broken in this one totally redeemed the rest of the book and as always, there is a cliff hanger that makes you want the next book NOW.

AOaR_4star (3)

One Comment

  1. Totally agree about the potential of the book to be so much darker but the broken rule made it all worthwhile and Mead has a way with her cliff hangers doesn’t she 🙂

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