Their forbidden romance exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s bestselling Bloodlines series.
When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, she and Adrian become enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world and alter their lives forever.
This finale was what I had hoped for and more. Sydrian are now a married couple, but not necessarily a happy one, since they are living at Court, where they both are being spat at for being an unconventional couple. Then news of Jill comes through a scavenger hunt directed at Sydney, and she has to take off, leaving Adrian as cover. Then he too gets entangled in another crisis when another spirit user is risking her life. When reunited, they both are still on the run from the Alchemists, but they still want to help out their friends. The plot is very fast-paced, and exciting from start to finish, with a lot of characters coming to their help, including old ones.
This series has always been one I loved, and not just because I adore Adrian and Sydney as a couple. The stakes are higher in this spinoff series, because of Adrian’s spirit use, Sydney being a human in a vampire world, the various groups involved like the Alchemists, the Warriors of Sun, and the witches, as well as Marcus’ group. The entire series has been a wild ride from the start, and during it we see the characters grow immensely. Adrian grows up (a little), learns to seek other things than destroying himself with spirit usage. Sydney leads a change in the thinking of Alchemists, and is quite honestly, the queen of the series. But the particular twist that was brought forward in this book – that was unexpected, and still so, uh, cute. I definitely wouldn’t mind if the author pursues that plot thread in a later series. To conclude, that was a fantastic finale to the series.
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