New Release Review: Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

Silver ShadowsSilver Shadows by Richelle Mead
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: July 29, 2014
Publisher: Razerbill
(Hardcover Purchased through

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

Wendy’s Review – 4 Skulls – B

Sydney Sage… The Urban Fantasy heroine written for the non-athletic girls, like me!  The over thinker with the cautious nature.  Maybe she doesn’t make the most obvious choice, but obvious isn’t always right.

You know, in the beginning of this spin-off series, and in Vampire Academy, there were a lot of people who didn’t care much for Sydney Sage.  She wasn’t overtly likable.  She was a know-it-all, insecure, and raised to be a paranormal bigot.  But come on, she really has come a long way, like, all the way actually.  And that’s what I love.  I love watching my beloved characters grow, learn, and choose to change.  It shows strength.

I can’t say that Silver Shadows was my most favorite of the Bloodlines series.  There were a few twists and turns that I’m just not sure how I feel about them right now.  Some of those twists falls into my ‘never in a million years should this happen’ category.  Still, there’s a plausible reason, I thought, for the decisions that were made by characters in this book.  I also missed the rest of the group.  I want to read more about Eddie and Jill, or Trey and Nick.  They’ve all grown on me.  Yes, the core of the story is Adrian and Sydney, and they’re who I’m most looking forward to; taken out of that core group and everything we’ve become acclimated to, you miss it when it’s gone.

All in all though, this is still probably the only UF/PN Young Adult series that I love.  I’m a fan, and will be on pins and needles for the final installment.  I love the world and the original characters, and I hope for another spin off after this one.  A spin-off that directly addresses the classist/racist beliefs of the Moroi/Dhampir/Human/Alchemist people.

And honestly, Sydney is seriously one badass lady.

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Series Reading Order, (Vampire Academy Spinoff):

Vampire Academy

1. Vampire Academy
2. Frostbite
3. Shadow Kiss
4. Blood Promise
5. Spirit Bound
6. Last Sacrifice


1. Bloodlines
2. The Golden Lily
3. The Indigo Spell
4. The Fiery Heart
5. Silver Shadows
6. The Ruby Circle (Expected Publication: February 10, 2015 by Razorbill)

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Comments 2

  • Sydney is definitely more academic or analytic than athletic, lol. Which is definitely more like me. And I am definitely not like your typical UF heroine, hahaha. I do think that’s why she’s one of my favorites.

    Definitely read Vampire Academy first. Like most spin offs it sets up the lives of the Bloodlines characters, and why they’re all where they are. (I just personally liked the spin off more than the original.)

    If you do read, come back and share with me. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts!

  • I like that you called Sydney Sage non-athletic. I think that would make her character more relatable than your typical Urban Fantasy heroine. I have yet to give any of Richelle Mead’s YA books a whirl, but I LOVE her adult novels, so I have no doubt that I’ll enjoy these as well, especially after you singing Silver Shadows‘ praises in your review. Looks like I have some reading to to!
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