Warning: Cliffhanger (Status: No! Gimme more!)

Amazon Blurb:

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.

Quote:

“I know what love is, Mom. I’ve had love that burns in every fiber of my being, that drives me to be a better person and empowers me through each moment of the day.”

Review:

This was a really rough book to read. There is very little that is good or kind to the characters in Silver Shadows. While the previous books were light on the action and heavy on the personal drama, Silver Shadows is heavy on the personal despair and desire for action. A desire, and not actual action because it takes a long time to come to a place where they could act at all.

I loved Silver Shadows the most in this series so far. By a wide margin, even. I’m a sucker for the despair in characters. This story was exactly what I wanted out of this series, essentially. There is a focus, the end is in sight, and this is the penultimate book in the series so that is a really good thing. It isn’t just sitting around waiting, setting up the end, either. It is actively (finally) moving us towards the inevitable end of the series. I’m super happy.

This is the second book with both Sydney and Adrian narrating. It feels so much better now, so much more natural. It is incredibly easier to read. I love the duality between the two. It might be easier to read, though, because they do happen to spend most of the book apart. If you’re worried about this book because they’re apart in the beginning, and you want to know how long they’re going to be apart for, there is your answer: an eternity. I was so stressed out over these two.

This just isn’t a kind, happy book like the previous installments. Before, everyone was safe and if not happy, then they weren’t exactly completely unhappy. Complete opposite this time. This is full of heartbreak and despair, torture and captivity. Bad things happen. I love this new darker turn. The world always had the potential, but it always shied away from it. It only went so far into the dark before returning to the light. Now, it has gone much further than before.

I say the world has always had the potential to be dark because the society is dark as hell. Everything has been covered up so far with pretty little things to distract the reader from this dark world. It has finally taken a step into the dark with the alchemists though. That entire organisation is evil. I’m so tired of dealing with them already, and I’m sure I’ll have to deal with them some more in the last book. I get so angry thinking of them.

I super enjoyed reading this book. The end completely makes up for it, too, despite the heavy cliffhanger. All the pain, all the torture… the end of the book completely makes up for. It is worth it. I’m happy.

To read more reviews for this series, check out the Bloodlines series page!