Rating: 5 stars
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.
Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.
But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.
When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.
Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?
While this series is still not held in quite the same esteem as the Vampire Academy series for me, The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead was pretty darn good. Richelle Mead really raises the stakes that ensures an epic adventure that Sydney and her crew will be a part of.
A lot of plot threads revealed throughout both Bloodlines and this one come together by the book’s end. Richelle Mead also uproots a lot more and leaves readers with a lot of questions. Some of the more major plot points were fairly predictable, I called them back in book 1. Still, it was fun to see how Sydney and the gang would come to the same solutions.
Sydney grows immensely through The Golden Lily – her growth is so much fun to watch, because I simply love her as a character. Her sudden immersion into the human world is so different and she simply tries to live it the only way she knows. I love that the story is told from her point of view because she is such an awesome character. She’s so different from Rose – Rose is all action, where Sydney is so careful. She calculates everything. And ADRIAN is another character we see lots of in The Golden Lily. It’s this side of Adrian that was never explored in the Vampire Academy series and now we get to see it all! It is so endearing.
I am SO antsy for The Indigo Spell. I love the concept of the Alchemists and I think that’s the book that will finally give me my answers. While readers do get a little more on the Alchemists in The Golden Lily, everything is still pretty hush hush about them. I just want to know everything about them, more importantly what it’ll take for Sydney to break away.
The Golden Lily was awesome! So many second books in a series tend to drag or seem like tideovers, but that is not the case here! Richelle Mead is one fantastic author and she just raises the stakes even higher. By the books end, I was like a knot tied so tight. I just was so into the book. Everything is bigger and better in this one and in The Indigo Spell, things are only going to get better!