Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Review: 'The Golden Lily' by Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead, 2012, Razorbill, $18.99, hardbound, 418 pages. Category/Genre: supernatural. Cover: good. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million. 

Alchemist Sydney Sage serves to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires, and to protect vampire secrets. She's expected to loathe and fear the vampires she protects, but secretly she's growing closer to them. 

When someone attacks Sydney's friend, moroi vampire Sonya Karp, it becomes apparent that vampire hunters, who Sydney and others thought were a myth, are reality. And Sydney may be the only chance at stopping them. 

In the quieter moments, Sonya and fellow moroi Dimitri Belikov are conducting experiments to try and figure out how to protect themselves against the evil strigoi vampires. But Sonya's expectations push Sydney's buttons when she wants some of Sydney's blood for one of the experiments. Blood is power, especially where vampires are concerned, and Sydney doesn't want to give any of hers to a vampire, even if that vampire is supposed to be a friend. 

There are troubles at school, as well, starting with dhampir vampire Angeline Dawes's constantly getting into trouble, and Sydney's teacher trying to teach her magic -- another thing that's on Sydney's list of things never to do. 

An excellent addition to the Bloodlines series. 

If you like this one, try: Vampire Academy, by Richelle Mead. 

Note: strong language.
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