Author: Richelle Mead
Narrator: Emily Shaffer, Alden Ford
Release: July 29, 2014
In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.Review:
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.
Adrian and Sydney. Just. Love. Them. In Silver Shadows we see the consequences of their actions in the previous book, and with the way that one ended we knew things were going to be bad.
When the book starts, Sydney is in the Alchemists' reeducation center and things are not looking good. Throughout the first half of the book we see Sydney going through hell - isolation, torture, etc. - and Adrian going through a different kind of hell not knowing what happened to Sydney and not being able to get in touch with her through her dreams at all. Even though they are apart for most of the first half, I still felt their romance through their feelings for one another. One of my favorite quotes is when either of them is feeling desperate about the situation, but then remembers their personal saying, "The center will hold".
I always gush about the two of them when I review these books, but I just can't help it. In the last two books I've said I love Adrian and Sydney more than Dimitri and Rose. I KNOW. But the way each of them is written, so completely opposite of the other, I find myself really drawn to their relationship. I adore Adrian's bad-boy-made-good-by-a-smart-girl and how he continues to struggle with both staying sober and the craziness that comes with being a spirit user., both of which are explored more in this book.
The plot of this one goes back and forth with the action, but it largely takes places in the final act of the story. And it's a lot of action for this series! I enjoyed the build up of the plot and the unexpected ending! That ending!
Notes on the Narrator: This series is one of my favorites on audio. Something about Emily Shaffer's voice is just perfect for Sydney. Her voice sounds young enough but at the same time has that maturity behind it that Sydney exudes. Plus there's the wry quality to her voice that's perfect for Syd. Alden Ford joined the audios with the previous book because of the new dual POV and he's been a perfect addition. In Silver Shadows, he delivers Adrian's down and out moments flawlessly. I highly recommend listening to the audios for the Bloodlines series!
Recommended for fans of: YA bad boys, Adrian, Vampire Academy series, opposites attracting,
4.5 / 5 stars