Moroi, magic and murder, oh my! Sydney Sage is up to her neck in it and is increasingly fighting against the beliefs she was raised with as an Alchemist. After a forbidden moment rocks her, she starts to question everything she believed in and doesn’t know where to turn. When someone who managed to leave the Alchemists offers to teach her the secrets she was never meant to know and how to break free of them, she is sorely tempted. But how can she leave her Moroi and Dhampir charges as well as the very real situation of untrained witches being killed. Continuing her magic studies seems all the more urgent, and then there is Adrian…
I have to say I was a bit disappointed with this book… It felt a little lacklustre in comparison to the others in the series and not all that much seemed to happen, even though some major plot was moved on. That’s not to say it’s a bad book, it just didn’t feel up to the standard I enjoyed in Bloodlines and The Golden Lily. It was still enjoyable and interesting and as always, great to be back in a world with characters I love so much. Sorry Sydney, but Rose and Dimitri will always be my first loves and I treasure any cameos from them 😉
Some of the characters felt superfluous and while I have no doubt they will come to play their part, having them constantly around doing nothing seemed wasted. Having said that, had they not been mentioned at all, I would have missed them and I did love some of their interactions!
Adrian has really come into his own in this book, he’s still the playboy we know and love but I think he is finally maturing and I have to say a large part of that is due to Sydney. Sydney herself was brilliant but I did get a little irritated with her protestations. While they are valid, it just seemed to be more of the same. I think I understand the reason why now though, and while it made the plot interesting, I felt it dragged on a bit too long. The last quarter of the book was what engaged me the most and I may have had a little cheer at certain points.
The end though, oh very nicely done, a huge spanner in the works!
All in all, an enjoyable book and you definitely need to read it if you are a fan of the series, but not quite the quality I have come to expect of Richelle Mead. This will not put me off waiting as eagerly for the next one though, oh no 🙂