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 is the 5th book in the Bloodlines series, this review will contain spoilers for the previous books.
If you read The Fiery Heart, you know it ends with Sydney being hauled away by the Alchemists because of her relationship with Adrian. Silver Shadows starts with Sydney alone in a dark cell. She has been sent to reeducation, which is basically physical, emotional, and psychological torture. The point of reeducation is basically to break the will of the person and force them to blindly follow the ways of the Alchemists.
Well luckily for Sydney, she is smarter than average and also has her magical abilities to thank for helping her stay sane. She fights every step. Her love for Adrian keeps her going. She even tries to help the others inside.
Adrian on the other hand, well…he’s Adrian. Typical Adrian that drowns his sorrow in booze and self-pity. He makes stupid decisions and he uses spirit in ways that he shouldn’t. He ends up back at Moroi court (not going to tell you WHY he is at court, that’s a spoiler. And not one that necessarily makes sense in my mind but whatever) and falls into his old habits.
There are brief appearances from Lissa, Rose, and Dimitri, and the gang in California. I wish there had been more side character face time. I really love those guys. Marcus Finch was a bigger part of this book and he was actually very helpful.
I can’t tell you anything else! A lot of major stuff happens in this book and about halfway through its just spoiler after spoiler. But there are tons and tons of Sydrian feelings!
The only issues I had were small (the spoiler I mentioned earlier) and the pacing seemed a bit off. Slow in the beginning and then it really becomes fast pace during the second half. And it was a little too short; it seemed a bit obvious that it was shortened to make the series into 6 books.
However the book is definitely not a disappointment and if you’ve loved the other Bloodlines book, you’ll love this one too!