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. . . .
Silver Shadows – man, Richelle Mead loves the fans, that’s all I can say! Where the Fiery Heart started off good and ended bad (in terms of plot events), Silver Shadows started at the low points of both Sydney and Adrian and got progressively better for both characters, including an awesome moment all fans will squeal at. Sydney is being psychologically tortured in confinement and when she finally concedes to re-education so that Adrian will be able to reach her in dreams, a new hell begins. She is being ostracized by other Alchemists in re-education, and has to keep her wits about her as they (the powers that be) try to break her down. Meanwhile, Adrian is slipping worse into his depression because of helplessness and the absence of Sydney. I love the humility Mead brought to his character in this series – in the VA series, he is the romantic bad boy but here we see he has a heart of gold, though easily shattered.
One thing I loved, is that both did not give up. Both believed in the other and tried everything to get back. Adrian back-slided a bit but damn, he bounced back. Sydney, as a testament to her strength, starts planning a breakout and is using her magic to protect other good Alchemists. The moment where the daring rescue happens and other events – pure gold! The backlash Sydrian receive at the end set the story for the next and that last little cliffhanger – well, Mead is that little teensy bit evil so…
I enjoyed the bonding between Adrian and Marcus and the introduction of Carly (my new idol!) and how beautifully Mead wrote the wedding! . All I can say is I LOVE THIS BOOK AND CAN’T WAIT FOR THE RUBY CIRCLE!!