Series: Bloodlines #5
Author: Richelle Mead
Pages: 380 (Hardcover)
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Purchase: Amazon•TBD (affiliate link)
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.
Silver Shadows was pretty intense. It starts off with Sydney in solitary confinement, attempting to figure out how to get free without losing herself. Meanwhile, Adrian has gone off his medication in hopes of locating her in a dream, but that doesn’t help much if he can’t stay sober as well. It’s just a big ol’, depressing mess. In a good way. The Alchemists are ruthless in their methods without being over the top. Sydney quickly learns how to play their game though, and it’s just a matter of time until Adrian and the others find her.
The beginning of Silver Shadows is a little slow, which is not surprising. Not much can be done when the heroine is locked and drugged underground and the hero is passed out drunk. It’s not boring though. The re-education center is fascinating, if horrible. I wasn’t quite as invested in Adrian’s chapters until a certain someone sneaks up on him and forces him to reevaluate what the heck he’s doing. From there, it’s nonstop action as he pulls himself together and gets a plan in motion to break out Sydney and the others.
I can’t say a lot about Silver Shadows without spoilers. Lots of spoilery things happen. The last third or so was very exciting and more things just kept happening and I was never sure if things were going to turn out okay or not. Then of course, the last page has to deliver a new shock which threw me straight into the final book.