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.
After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.
It’s done! It’s finally done! If you’re a Richelle Mead fan like myself you’ll probably be having withdrawals right about now because after twelve books, multiple story lines and two kickarse MCs the VA world is over! *flails*
As I’ve said a million times before, I love Richelle Mead. What she did with the VA series was like all kinds of amaze-balls. So of course I jumped straight into the Bloodlines series and devoured every little word she had written but as much as I wanted it to happen, I never really bonded with Sydney.
Adrian on the other hand, I love. So I was super excited this book continued the duel-POV between the two because we got to spend more time in his head. I wasn’t so excited about his apparent ‘mental snap’. Due to his use of spirit, we all know he’s going to have a meltdown eventually but I just didn’t buy the teetering on the edge of sanity thing. Other than the voice in his head he seemed pretty fine to me.
The other thing that really ticked me off is how easy the ‘epic conclusion’ was. I won’t give too much away but when a whole six books leads up to something, you kind of expect more than that. (*cough* Breaking Dawn *cough*).
That said, Richelle’s writing is still perf, Dimitri and Rose get a good chunk of story, Strigoi make a (brief) appearance, there is a sweet character redemption, a DEVASTATING death (like, I teared up, you guys), a revelation that made me put the book down because I just couldn’t even handle, and the ending was the kind of ending that makes your heart sing all kinds of show tunes.
If you’re expecting all the little story lines to be wrapped up, you should probs just move on. In the meantime, I’ll hold on to the hope that the few loose threads Mead hasn’t sewed up are because there’s another series in the works (I can totally dream, right?).
I know it sounds like I wasn’t too keen on the book – I was – I just hold Mead to super high standards after seeing what she’s pulled off in the past.
Definitely worth a read, I enjoyed it a lot.